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Panos Karnezis

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Tekijän teokset

Little Infamies (2002) 177 kappaletta
The Convent (2010) 160 kappaletta
The Maze (2004) 155 kappaletta
The Birthday Party (2007) 41 kappaletta
We Are Made of Earth (2019) 9 kappaletta
The Fugitives (2015) 6 kappaletta

Associated Works

Four Letter Word: New Love Letters (2007) — Avustaja — 134 kappaletta
Granta 72: Overreachers (2000) — Avustaja — 132 kappaletta

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London, England, UK (since 1992)
University of East Anglia (MA)



The Convent by Panos Karnezis August 2010 LTER, Reviews of Early Reviewers Books (toukokuu 2011)


I fear I didn't enjoy the book, but this may be due to my ignorance of Greek myths.
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Roarer | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 6, 2019 |
In The Birthday Party, Panos Karnezis imagines the life of a Greek shipping magnate named Marco Timoleon (who bears more than a passing resemblance to Aristotle Onassis). The main action takes place over a single day. In his seventies, the still vigorous Timoleon is throwing a party to celebrate his daughter Sofia’s 25th birthday. This extravagant and gaudy event is set to unfold at his secluded estate on his private Greek island, with a massive cake imported from Vienna, a 21-piece orchestra, and a guest list that includes family, friends, and an assortment of rich, famous and notorious individuals from all over the world. However, the reader soon learns that Timoleon, a man long accustomed to getting what he wants, has arranged the party with a darker agenda in mind. In order to fully set the scene, Karnezis employs lengthy flashbacks to tell the tale of how Marco Timoleon overcame his humble origins in Izmir, Turkey and, over a decade or so of ups and downs in fortune, turned innate curiosity, ruthless opportunism, a talent for taking risks, and a fearless habit of re-inventing himself to suit the fluid circumstances of a fast-moving lifestyle, into a shipping empire spanning the globe—and, in the process, became the richest man in the world. Loving the spotlight while loathing the scrutiny that it brings, Timoleon moulds himself into a legendary force of nature, feared by competitors and subordinates alike, cruel and even violent when crossed, friend of the rich and powerful, but emotionally distant from those he loves the most. An insatiable philanderer, he cannot stay faithful to one woman for long, and both his marriages—to Miranda, who dies young, and to Olivia, who is invited to the party—deteriorate into animosity and estrangement. As a young man, Marco Timoleon learns what it takes to be successful on a grand scale. But, not surprisingly, this success comes at a cost, and late in his life he bears a burden of many regrets, the chief of which is the death of his son Daniel, who was killed while piloting his small plane in bad weather. Too late, he discovers that having money does not mean he can control his own destiny or that of others. Despite his bad behaviour and the fact that most of his problems are self-inflicted, Timoleon remains the focus of the reader’s sympathy. Undeniably, the novel suffers from its reliance on flashbacks to fill in the blanks, which creates a kind of stop-start rhythm that over the course of the book becomes somewhat monotonous. However, The Birthday Party remains a suspenseful, entertaining and often brilliant novel that provides a window into the life of a man who, by means both legitimate and underhanded, accumulates inordinate wealth but fails to locate the key to happiness.… (lisätietoja)
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icolford | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 10, 2018 |
'those who God destroys He first makes mad' is the opening line and gives the reader an inkling of where it will develop. Set in an isolated convent in the Spanish Sierra, six nuns life an uneventful life until one day an abandoned baby is found on the steps.

While the immediate thought is the child should go to the local orphanage the Mother Superior disagrees and becomes very attached to the child who she sees as a miracle sent by God allowing her to be the mother she had always wanted.

None of the nuns necessarily chose the life it was merely the most convenient life for each of them and gradually we learn about what their individual backgrounds are leading to this point.

Although a short book nevertheless it keeps the reader intrigued as we learn about the baby's origins and how his arrival ensures no one will ever be the same after his arrival.

I really enjoyed this book which gave an obviously fictional account of secluded religious life which spirals inexorably down into the inevitable end. Even though some aspects can be seen ahead of time the story loses nothing for that.

The language is very discriptive and praise must be given for that alone. The inclusion of the storks who nest in the old chimneys of the buildings no longer needed are a powerful metaphor of convent life.

I received this book from Goodreads Giveaways direct from the author in return for my honest appraisal.
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Northern_Light | 23 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 20, 2016 |
Nuns! Secrets! Spain!
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laurenbufferd | 23 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 14, 2016 |



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