By Harry Mark Petrakis

Leonidas Matsoukas, operator of the Pindar Counseling carrier (solutions supplied for all difficulties of lifestyles and love); proponent of wildly inventive get-rich-quick schemes; passionately loving husband and father, both passionate lover of the gorgeous bakeshop owner Anthoula; inveterate, gambler, strong fighter . . . Leonidas Matsoukas, heels run down, cuffs shabby, collar frayed, is the hero of this really good new novel.

Hero. that's the be aware. "The gods have selected you for everlasting disaster," his pal Cicero, the gambling-house broker, tells Matsoukas, "but you're taking each act that has been ready on your punishment and switch it into a few form of triumph."

Every act yet one - the tragedy that has befallen his simply son. or even that Matsoukas is set to opposite.

In the second one international conflict, Matsoukas fought joyously for his local Greece opposed to the flabby Italians. while the Nazis got here with their tanks and dive-bombers Matsoukas retreated to the mountains and caves of Crete and saved on struggling with. And he enjoyed it. After the battle he came visiting to Chicago to overcome the US, began the Pindar Counseling carrier, and have become the delight and terror of Falconis's playing parlor.

Matsoukas loves rights, associates, his little daughters, clean bread, and smelly retsina wine. He makes love like a tiger, or like one in all his mythical gods, in order that the earth shakes. To him, each lady is gorgeous, even his ill-tempered spouse. The sexuality of all ladies is to be reverenced.

Toward God, Matsoukas is much less reverent. "Man have mercy on you," he says to God, very gravely, protecting Him to account for the plight of his son Stavros, who can't converse, and will hardly ever movement, and is given to frightful seizures.

For Stavros, Matsoukas pits himself opposed to destiny, within the vintage Greek sin of hubris. this can be the tale of that clash - Matsoukas opposed to the gods - a singular of large strength, large laughter, heartbreaking and triumphant.

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