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Cartes Postales from Greece

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Three years ago Cardiff born Ellie moved into a small block of twelve flats in Kensal Rise, London.  Her life is dull.  She does tele-ad sales for a trade mag and then suddenly she gets postcards from Greece addressed to a S. Ibbotson at her address.  They are from an “A” in Greece as he travels round the country.  She loves them and sticks them to her flat wall.  After a few months she is inspired to go there herself.  As she leaves for the airport she picks up a small package from her post pigeon hole.  It contains a notebook in “A”’s handwriting.  So we learn the man, Anthony, was expecting his love to join him for a fortnight’s holiday though she never came.  He was in Greece researching a book and has the advance which will last a year if he is careful.  Dejected and in despair he goes travelling to forget, escape, lose himself … all those things Greece can offer, plus fantastic scenery and sunshine.  As he is alone the locals embrace him and many tell him tales.  There follows a series of short stories as he moves from village square to village square and listens.  They are gentle, poignant, very Greek and quite charming.  Some have religious undertones, some touch on mythology, quite a few are just human drama tales of love, deception, loss and sadness, although many do have happy endings.  The most horrific is The Honeymoon, the sweetest Air on a G String. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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