THE PRICE OF LIBERTY by Mikia Pezas

THE PRICE OF LIBERTY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A modest, warmhearted first person narrative of the Greek struggle, by an Athenian lawyer who has been part of it, and who escaped after some months of his country's occupation. It is first the story of peacetime days spent in the small village of Crystallia on Mt. Olympus, of simple people unaware of the outside world and the war to come. It is next the story of Pezas' enlistment after war was declared, of the trice formed with Zeno and Mitso -- of Zeno's death in an early engagement, and Mitso's loss of both legs and later his life when a hospital was bombed. Mountain marche, the cold and the lice, the costly defense of Kiafe Lusit pass, and finally the author's hospitalization in German-occupied Athens and his escape some months later. The people of Greece, villagers, shepherds, bandits, -- their simplicity and stoicism -- given full measure of tribute. Not a book which attempts any political untangling, but with the Greek problem uppermost, the book will have background value.

Publisher: Ives Washburn