This is a very good book peal people should read, if not for literary value, for first-hand experience of one who lived under Nazi rule over a period of time.
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Book Title: Appointment with Yesterday: A Novel in Four Parts with a Prologue and an Epilogue Author: Christopher Stratakis
Category: Adult Fiction, 334 pages
Genre: coming-of-age / WWII / immigrant experience
Release date: January 2017
Tour dates: July 3 to 14, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There is no bad language or violence, but there are references to sex and sexual situations (including between a pre-teen and teen)
A poignant and compelling first novel, Appointment with Yesterday tells the story of Yanni, a cheeky and delightful Greek boy growing up in a small town on an island in the eastern Aegean.
Left in the care of his loving grandparents, Yanni endures the deprivation and terror of the German occupation during World War II and finally leaves his beloved homeland and family to rejoin the parents who had left him behind to make a better life for themselves in America.
Filled with heartbreaking and heartwarming stories of love, devotion, disenchantment, and dashed dreams, Appointment with Yesterday is, ultimately, the story of hardships overcome and a determined boy’s journey toward finding his destiny.
Yanni found life with his grandparents and other family members full of love and caring, yet, he battled with the fact his mother left him as a toddler with her parents while she fled to America alone to be with her husband, his father. He never lacked in love, companionship, and being well-cared for, he only lacked in having a mother and father like all his peers.
This is a memoir of a young boy raised in Greece among his parents family (mostly his mother’s), and of his experiences, as a youth, in school and among close relatives, and during the ordeal of the German invasion of Greece during World War11. It continues to follow the “ups and downs”throughout his life.
The characters described were easily visualized, as were the varying situations. The Title was vague, yet okay, but the Book Cover was eye-catching and very fitting.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.
This books was gifted me without request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
He has written and published several articles, lectured on professional and historical subjects, served as Legal Advisor to several non-profits (pro bono), and was an arbitrator in maritime disputes. He is the author of Mnimes “Memories” (2010), a book of essays, short stories, and poems that he wrote as a teenager. In 2015, he co-edited Chains on Parallel Roads, a book published by Panchiaki “Korais” Society of New York. In recognition of his extensive community involvement, he has been the recipient of several awards from religious, governmental, and educational institutions.
Mr. Stratakis lives with his wife in New York City. He is the proud father of three and grandfather of three. This is his first novel.