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The philosophy and traditions of the Dodecanese Greeks form a lyrically mythological background for the story of Christidos and his family. On the West Coast of Florida, in Turtle Bay, Christidos has never become wholly American and has retained the free thinking, the clear perception of his Greek Island homeland and has raised John, Zoe and Stephen during the thirteen years after his wife's death. Half owner, with his fellow-islander, Spiros, of the Partheneon Bar and Grill, and hoping for the marriage of Zoe and Spiros' son, Philip, Christidos has no realization of pilot John's sordid escapes from the horrors that attack him, is unaware of Zoe's growing love for the blinded aristocrat, Alexis, in his concentration on the problems that his beloved young Stephen, thwarted, selfish, inarticulate, presents. Important to two of the Parthenon's hangers-on and Zoe's insulted suitor, Stephen dreams of money and escape, robs and lies, and in an accidental killing, is driven to suicide. Christidos' heart is saved from breaking by John's decision to stay with him, the respectable and happy solution of Zoe's marriage to Alexis, and the memory of his ""golden boy"" who will never grow old. A friendly handling of a foreign culture, this is predicated on an audience which will recognize the quality of warmth and color, the intensity of character detail that the authors of have already established.

Pub Date: Feb. 28th, 1951
Publisher: Longmans, Green