This book is a raw trip into the gloomy side of the Greek Crisis Bittersweet,raw and harsh , yet flowing and vivid, it outlines the image of greek antiheroes with all their desires and weaknesses I loved it I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.This book seems to be very well loved on Goodreads, so I m afraid I m going to have the unpopular opinion this time While I thought the book was perfectly acceptable, I didn t find myself loving it like other readers.This collection of short stories follows various acquaintances and people the author met while working in Greece during the financial crisis, most stories taking on a light hearted, humorous feel to them I think I went into this expecting a very emotional book An in depth look at the struggles people faced, and the limits they were pushed to Based on subject matter, I thought this would be a very impactful book.But it wasn t As hard as it is to admit, I found myself bored for the most part while reading this Maybe this is because I m not very familiar with Greece or Greek culture, and I only have a limited understanding of what the Greek financial crisis entailed I m not sure I had the understanding of the crisis to appropriately place each story into its cultural context I think I also had a hard time enjoying it because humorous books just don t tend to hold my attention I ve also felt humor works best with brevity Carry on a joke for too long and it just gets old and stale Throw a witty one liner into an otherwise serious moment and the shock and humor is brilliant So I think I would have liked this book much if it had been serious, with only brief moments of humor This is just a matter of conflicting taste between author and reader.Some stories really stood out to me, and I enjoyed them very much The woman in the bookstore trying to discover her husband s fetish, for example I really loved that story But most of the stories kind of blended into this featureless blur, and I had a hard time distinguishing them from one another after the fact I can recall very few of the stories I read in the beginning of this book I think part of this is 1 I didn t particularly care for the humorous style this was written in, as mentioned before, and 2 the stories are very brief often taking only a few minutes to read Because of this, I feel like I didn t get to really learn much about the characters because we spent so little time them, and also there was a large number of characters to contend with The quantity of stories makes it hard to keep all the characters straight, I think.The prose is strong probably my favorite part of the book I really enjoyed the way the stories were told, even when I didn t necessarily enjoy the content The prose was complex, and even lyrical at times, while maintaining simplicity I wish I could write like that.I don t necessarily think this is a bad book, by any means I actually think it s quite good, it s just meant for a different reader I think most of my dislike comes from me venturing out of my comfort zone and therefore finding a book that just doesn t suit my tastes I think this would be a very good book for people who enjoy literary fiction or humorous fiction, which unfortunately aren t normally what I reach for I gave this book 2 5 stars because while I didn t personally enjoy it, I could see the merit in it, and I think the author is a skilled writer. Sitting Across From You On The Bus, Passing By You In Aisle , Stopping To Stare You Over In The Middle Of The Night For No Reason Whatsoever This Is A Book About The Strangeness In Our Lives That We Let Pass Us By Gathered Over Years Worth Of Wading Through The Greek Crisis On Ground Zero, This Book Is A Collection Of All Too True Stories, Without All The Awful, Cynical Trimmings Of Real Life Included Sorry, Wrong Country Is A Rough Guide Into Everyday Oddity, Telling The Stories Of Greeks Slowly Coming Apart During The Economic Crisis Featuring Short, Easy To Digest Stories About Sex, Death And Everything In Between, It S Not So Much A Memoir, As Much As The Roadmap Of The Modern Economic Crash, Told Through The Lens Of Everyday People If I am honest, I only bought this book because my sister told me I should try reading an actual book I went through most of the stories while I was dragging myself through the daily commute and they helped pass the time It didn t bore me and I made it me laugh and I read it all the way through, so that s always a good think in my book. Full Review Sorry, Wrong Country is a hilarious and entertaining collection of stories about Greece s misfits Its insights into the odd characters Konstantine Paradias has met shows an underclass that can t tell that Greece is sinking into destitution, because they re down there already themselves Highly recommended In this book Konstantine gives us a bleak picture of Greece during the recession, centered around quirky, unique characters and their stories.Acting as a chronicler of these cream of the crop individuals, he collects their problems, desires, fears, moments of despair and hope and blends them in a mish mash of fast paced, gritty short stories that fall into place like puzzle pieces, creating the grater picture.The end result is that the world he builds is larger than the sum of its parts, creates a feeling of an inescapable empty wasteland where personal battles are fought invisibly each and every day, and the game is rigged against you.Konstantine describes the book as adult fiction altough in the foreword he clearly states that all these people and events are real , creating an eerie feeling where everything is myth and truth at the same time, bordering on magical realism.The fast pace and shortness of the stories makes for a flowing reading, although I would recommend that the reader takes a two minute break after each story to savor it. I never thought I could enjoy a book placing its characters and describing situations that are so close to current events Konstantine however manages to add humor and wit to anything he chooses to, making the reader enjoy any story I found myself smiling and even nodding in agreement at no one, like some sad, crazy old man, talking to the television s panelists.Kostas writes about the mid crisis daily life in Greece in a way that I believe can make anyone relate to what this country s people are going through, all the while managing to not sound boring and or completely pessimistic although he himself, claims to be one. Growing up in Greece made it easy for me to live each of these short stories as if I was there Of course, this could also be attributed to the detailed descriptions and immersive writing of the author I thoroughly enjoyed the journey Would definitely recommend Short stories about the weirdos, the petty criminals, the desperate It s amazing how many lives has Konstantine met and kept next to his heart Apart from exposing Greece s dark alleys to people that may never set foot to, he introduces his personal nature to us He is not strictly a fictional author, he is a biographer He has written in ink the lives of people that would never be thought as that important He has accepted them as what they are and has made them immortal We can feel actually his love for these people, even for the ones that have bad history Maybe, that s why Konstantine knows so many they see something in him and want immediately to spill their beans to him What I am missing is life of people that have a normal life, and their problems during this troubled period in Greece I am amazed also about his rich vocabulary, and the details of some of the back stories of some of the characters.This is an eye opener for both Greek readers, as well as even so , readers living abroad. If I could describe the stories within this book I d call them too true These are the things you d eventually end up gossiping about, over a cup of coffee, with a friend You d laugh, you d shake your head and deep down inside you d hope you wont end up in one of them in the future Sorry, Wrong Country is equal parts funny, touching and at times hitting too close to home This book is, to me, a look back into the bad old days of the early greek crisis In a way, it reminded me why I couldn t stay out of this damn place and why we all love it, warts and all.
Konstantine Paradias is a writer by choice At the moment, he s published over 100 stories in English, Japanese, Romanian, German , Dutch and Portuguese and has worked in a freelancing capacity for videogames, screenplays and anthologies People tell him he s got a writing problem but he can, like, quit whenever he wants, man His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize His book, Sorry, Wro
- 204 pages
- Sorry, Wrong Country
- Konstantine Paradias
- 26 May 2019 Konstantine Paradias