Riveting, May 1, 2012
By Billy Tsamis
“Gods of Greektown” is an insightful, penetrating, and serious exploration into the world of the North American Greek Immigrant lifestyle and the politics and machinations that go on ‘day to day’ in that sub-culture, which most people believe is tamed under the rubric of the Greek Orthodox Church and the old Greek culture. Nothing is further from the truth and this book exploits that fact, going on to expose and indict those “white collar” nominalistic shells of materialism and greed who don’t cause harm to the non-Greek world, but instead, turn on their own Greek “friends” setting them up, betraying them, stealing from them, stabbing them in the back (not literally), and so on. The Greek community (probably like many ethnic communities) is essentially involved in internecine warfare. They escaped the Nazis, they escaped the Communists, to come to North America to pursue “the dream.” Was it “all for one and one for all”? No, rather it is a world of gossip and envy and sacrilege — do the priests of the Greek Orthodox Church know all of this? They must! Do they do anything? No. It is a “dog eat dog” immoral world and I have never seen as much hatred within a community as I have seen in this ethnic community. That said, there are “true friends” and “brethren” who try and do the right thing, living according to that higher moral code of conduct that we are all supposed to live by. The author’s insight into all of these sociological facts (and balance) is set into a very interesting narrative – a real page turner. He takes us through the cafes of Greektown (which most big North American cities have), he takes us back to the homeland to discover the roots of these animosities. This book is not only for the “Greek” reader. Indeed, not only will “anyone” enjoy the suspense here, but the children of European immigrants especially will benefit and identify from this wonderful read and from the truths the author has laid out before us. Again, great read!
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Elizabeth Jean‘s review
Jun 09, 12
I just finished this novel on the recommendation of a friend and I thought it was wonderful.Having spent time in both Greece and Toronto, I can relate to so much of what the author describes. It’s about time that someone wrote a novel describing what really goes on in Toronto’s communities. Every city has its own dark underbelly, and Canada has been seriously lacking in artistic exploration of what goes on beneath the shiny exterior. Each culture in a multicultural community has its own mores, values and systems, some laudable and others not. Mr. Karrys does a fantastic job of bringing to light some of the more unsavoury aspects of a particular culture, while still reminding the reader that good does exist; however, it must struggle to triumph over the darker elements in power.The dialogue is sharp and witty, and the revenge plot reminds me of one of my favourites–The Count of Monte Cristo. The “cafe” characters are brillantly written and deliciously politically incorrect! This is a must-read.
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Read It! June 29, 2012
This is the story of the Manos brothers, Zach and Costa. Son’s of greek immigrants living in Toronto, they have chosen different paths in life. Zach has a wife, a nice home, and a career in high finance. Costa is a high school dropout who really has no direction in life. When one day they are stripped of all they have Zach goes back to the tiny village in Greece and sets out on a path of revenge.
This book is awesome. Such a good read that will take you far into the night reading because you just can’t put it down. I won this from LibraryThing.
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