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Ο ίσκιος του πολέμου

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Παραμονές Χριστουγέννων. Στο αρχοντικό της Αγγλίδας γιαγιάς του ο δεκατετράχρονος Άντριου ανακαλύπτει το κρυμμένο ημερολόγιο της μητέρας του. Μέσα από τις σελίδες του μαθαίνει για τις μέρες που πέρασε η μητέρα του στη Θεσσαλονίκη, υπηρετώντας ως νοσοκόμα στον βρετανικό στρατό κατά τον Α' Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο. Στην πόλη αυτή, τόσο αλλόκοτη στα μάτια της -ένα σταυροδρόμι ανάμεσα ...more
Paperback, 717 pages
Published December 4th 2014 by Ωκεανίδα
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Tiffany
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised to like this book. It is outside the genre that I usually read so it was a bit rough to get through at first. BUT, if you stick with it you will be rewarded with an engaging tale that is hard to put down and leaves a smile on your face when you're done.
Katerina Paisoglou
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
ευκολοδιαβαστο και καθολου ανιαρο ... ελαφρως προβλεπομενο , αλλα ταυτοχρονα ευχαριστο
καλη αναγνωση ...
Rebecca
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of: historical fiction, Greece, Greek men, heroic figures, literary work
The Long Shadow is destined to become a literary classic.

Characters who grab you and won't let go. Scenes ripped from history. Drama, and the violence of war. Interludes of beauty and joy in the midst of chaos and terror.

The two male characters are so lifelike and compelling, I fell in love with both of them. Andrew and Costas, very different, yet in many ways identical, both bringing to life a magical fantasy of female daydreams.

The Long Shadow not only contains fascinating, unforgettable, mes
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Anna Rossi
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just finished reading this for the second time and know I shall return to it again and again because of its strong, involving characters and the wonderful story they have to tell.

Nothing is more intriguing than a hidden diary, and when Andrew finds his mother's and begins to read it, a dramatic picture of her life in Salonka during the first world war enfolds. Dorothy's love story is touching and beautifully told, yet this is far more than a love story. The sights, smells, triumphs and tr
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Linda George
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reading this book on an iPad using the Kindle app. Not sure why that is not a choice as the format! I am about 80% through this book and I have to say I am really enjoying it!

Finished this book and have to say that I loved it!
Loretta
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This book is already on here as a Good Read. I put my heart and soul into this one and today a lady said she often thinks of this book. What a marvellous comment.
J.S. Colley
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Long Shadow is an historical novel set in England and Greece. The storyline spans two generations, beginning just before the start of the World Wars. It’s about family secrets, about those not-spoken-about things that lie just under the surface in an oft-failed attempt to spare heartache and embarrassment.

Andrew, the son of Dorothy and a mysterious “Greek officer and spy,” makes a decision that will alter his life, and those closest to him. As a child, he glimpses a photo of a man he assumes
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Marina Maidou
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writer, derived from Victoria Hislop's path, tells us a story of the First World War, set in Greece and specifically in my native city, Thessaloniki. The story is interesting, the characters vivid, somewhat romantic, but also interesting, the title allusive (the Greek title already gives the answer as The Shadow of War) and the end is very satisfactory. In the beginning there is a little confusion until you understand exactly what happens, but when it comes to the heart of the story -which i ...more
Χ. ΚΟΥΡΟΥΠΑΚΗ
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ο ίσκιος του πολέμου της Λορέτα Πρόκτορ, είναι ένα ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα που διαδραματίζεται μεταξύ Αγγλίας και Ελλάδας. Η ιστορία επεκτείνεται μεταξύ δύο γενεών, ξεκινώντας λίγο πριν τον Α΄ Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο, και η αφήγηση προσφέρει μια εικόνα για τη ζωή σε μια ιατρική κατασκήνωση σε κάποιο χωριό στη Θεσσαλονίκη κάτω από σκληρές συνθήκες, και τη φρίκη του πολέμου για τους στρατιώτες, καθώς και για τους αμάχους που ζουν στους χώρους που καταλαμβάνουν.
Το βιβλίο μας μιλάει για τον Άντριου το γιό της
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Kathe Coleman
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Long Shadow by Loretta Proctor
The Long Shadow is a novel about WW1 and the allied forces in Greece (Salonika). Dorothy, Andrew’s mother had been a nurse in Greece and although Andrew knows that his father (Greek) and died in the war, he still wanted to know his history. When he gets to Greece he finds that his paternal relatives are all deceased. Now feeling very disconnected he continues to try and find his identity. A few twists and turns and horrendous conditions that the allied forces ha
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Shawn Powell
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book about Andrew, the unlikely product of a British nurse and a Greek spy/soldier during WWI, and his quest to find out who he was and where he belonged. Raised in England, he forgoes college to travel instead to Greece in search of his people. I liked the characters and the history...the only thing that bothered me was the "love at first sight" that happened to all the main characters. For some reason, it just struck me as ridiculous. However, aside from that, this was an ...more
Sherry Ledet
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a young British boy of 14 who discovers his mothers secrets and vows to hunt the beginning of her story as well as it's end. This road begins when he is 17 and takes him to pre world war 11 in the mountains of Greece, and backward to the first world war where his mother served as a nurse in these same mountains. This is a love story and a history of the politics and the peoples of Greece as I had never heard it. Andrew's search for himself is worth the read.
Brenda Lutz
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading this tale about an English nurse who travels to Greece during WWI to help take care of the soldiers. Her adventures and romance with a Greek spy are written in a diary hidden away and her son who is fathered by Costas who is presumed dead is revealed in this story. Andrew goes on an odyssey to find his heritage.
Loretta
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A new paperback edition will be out beginning of May 2013
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We are proud to announce that THE LONG SHADOW by Loretta Proctor is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!


Bluejay44
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent read. Such an interesting background to the story and learning something about life in Greece at the same time.
Elizabeth Jasper
The story begins with 14-year-old Andrew Clarke, Dorothy’s son by a Greek officer in Selonika, discovering and reading his mother’s personal diaries, which give a detailed account of her life between 1st January 1916 and October 1917, when she returns home to the UK pregnant with Andrew, who until he reads his mother’s diaries knows nothing at all about his Greek father.


The first part of the book consists of Dorothy’s diary, which she writes during her stay in Greece working as a nurse in Selon
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Philippa
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone interested in the impact of history on the people of the time
This book is largely based on a diary of a nurse stationed in Salonika during the First World War, and the effect of illicitly reading that diary on her son, Andrew. His solitary recovery of the events in this diary illuminates both his inheritance, and his current relationships, casting the 'long shadow' produced by its abruptly curtailed whirlwind romance. The personal story is equally reflective of the 'long shadow' cast by the war itself. This is a skillful parallel between the events for th ...more
Richard Abbott
The Long Shadow, by Loretta Proctor, is the forerunner to Dying Phoenix. I read them in reverse order, but this didn't affect my enjoyment of either book. They can be read quite separately. The Long Shadow spans a considerable period of time, from the middle of the First World War until the late 1940s. It largely describes the lives of a mother and son, Dorothy and Andrew, caught between lives in England and Greece. The very different environments - of land, culture, community, and family - are ...more
Gordon Thomas
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book about Greece. It not a book about war but it is a book about people, the situations they find themselves in; and above all about their loves. This skilfully crafted novel is in two parts, the first set in England and the second, mainly in Greece. The protagonist is Andrew who is shocked by the revelations in his mother’s diary which he secretly reads. He discovers that his father is Greek and he vows to meet him. The second part of the novel shows Andrew in his quest and event ...more
Sandie Zand
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delicious read this was. Spanning two wars and set partly in Britain and mainly in Greece, The Long Shadow tells the story of two profound love stories across two generations - mother and son - and the ripple effect these passions have on others' lives. But there is a third love story behind The Long Shadow and that is the author's love for her motherland - shining through on every page with glorious descriptions of the landscape, the people, the food, the traditions - pain at the devasta ...more
Cheryl
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A son (illegitimate) finds his mother's diary about meeting his father when she was a nurse in World War I. He secretly reads it and for some reason, becomes rather embittered toward her. He determines to find his birth father and find his real home in Greece and educates himself accordingly.

The first part of the book is devoted to his mother via her diary. She's a much more interesting character than the son.

When the son grows up, his tale of traveling to Greece and looking for his father isn't
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Kati Berman
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. This was the first book I read by this author. The book is both a historic story of World War 1 in Greece and also a love story during those years. I loved the descriptions of Greek scenery, customs and people. I would recommend this book.
Gloria
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/12730747
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Jo Notary
Feb 09, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
what he learns will change him forever, 4 yrs later he goes in search of his roots, who died in the war, learns about his father, 14 yr old finds moms diary
angelle321
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
3.5
Julie
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engrossing and emotionally involving historical novel set in England and Greece from WWI to the 1940s. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it.
Alison
Jan 14, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greece, kindle, wwi
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