A LONE RED APPLE
By AURELIA, Illustrated by Bill Papas
REVIEWS FOR THE BOOK
This is a delightful novel that takes the reader on an enchanting, magical journey to the white islands of the Cyclades. Told in a whimsical way, it is one of the most refreshing, original love stories ever about Greece and its immortal gods and goddesses.
THE ATHENS NEWS
"One of the book's most striking elements is that it reads as a fun and accessible history and travel guide. It is a practical guide to Greece in the guise of a romantic novel. I was spell-bound by her description of Rhenia, one of the islands near Mykonos that is a sacred burial ground for warriors from the nearby island of Delos. A fisherman dropped her off to examine the grave markers. She was totally alone on the island where no one is allowed to live and she remained there for several hours. She describes it as 'magical,' and says it was so still she could hear her own breath. One of the many entertaining sub-plots details the actual conflict between the young and old on the isle over a development issue. Her story is illustrated by Bill Papas, whose political cartoons for 'The Guardian' and 'the Sunday London Times' became well-known in the Sixties"
PRESS ENTERPRISE, BLOOMSBURG, PA
"The love of Greece's ancient legends and London's stately suburb of Greenwich have combined for Pittsburgh author Aurelia, whose first novel is the cross-cultural romance, A Lone Red Apple. Her romantic novel has a whimsical cast, with asides from Grecian gods and goddesses as they observe the developing romance between Elena, a beautiful Greek painter, and Matthew, a British classics scholar who comes to Elena's native Mykonos to teach a summer classics seminar. Aurelia said in a phone interview that she set the British parts of her novel in Greenwich, England, in part because it is a community she visits nearly every summer with her husband, John. The Plume of Feathers pub, which figures in a scene in the book, is a real life watering hole the couple enjoys. The popular local pub is becoming well-known because it is the only pub that lies on the Greenwich meridian, the place the year 2000 will dawn first. Greenwich is known worldwide as the place from which people measure time. A Lone Red Apple is illustrated by Bill Papas and was published by Greek America Press."
GREECE IN PRINT
"Aurelia, in her novel, 'A Lone Red Apple,' has achieved a literary tour de force in creating modern characters who work for their living and have personal and professional problems. While seeming to be contemporaries of the gods of the ancient world, their influence on the characters of the novel and their co-existence appear as natural and rational as they were for the ancients. Among the gods who have roles in the plot of the book, Aphrodite has no reason to feel slighted, as there are love scenes which should measure up to her standards of excellence. The author shows great skill in making a transition from the atmosphere of the Aegean to an Anglo-Saxon environment, where one of the chapters takes place. The spirit of place is shown in the mentality of the people, their way of life and their pastimes in a pub, in contrast to those in a Greek café. The fact that the English locale is in Greenwich, close to the Prime Meridian Line dividing East from West symbolically emphasizes the differences and cultures in the lives and characters of the protagonists."
THE NEWS ITEM
"A Lone Red Apple' is a clever, modern day romance'the main plot focuses on the lovers, Matthew and Elena, but subplots feature the threat of commercialization on the quaint island of Mykonos; Elena's rocky relationship with her family; Matthew's chance at a promotion at his university in England; and, of course, Sappho's poetry. Interwoven are influences and humor from the temperamental gods and goddesses. The theme emphasizes the two worlds that the lovers represent, London and Greece. Throughout the story Aurelia effortlessly combines snippets of Greek history, mythology, and poetry. Her writing appeals to all the senses through detailed descriptions of the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of both Mykonos and Greenwich."
THE GUIDE MAGAZINE, GREENWICH, ENGLAND
"A delightful tale of romance and mischief. Those with only half an interest in Greek mythology will find it intriguing. There are plenty of side plots to entertain. As to the significance of the title, 'A Lone Red Apple', and how a quiz night at the Plume of Feathers Pub in Greenwich fits into this tale, that is for the reader to discover."
KATHIMERINI, INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE
"Those who study classics sometimes dream of using their knowledge of literature, language, and mythology to write a work of fiction. One American philhellene, Aurelia Smeltz, decided to give it a try after she came to Mykonos four years ago for an extended stay at the home of Greek friends'she has turned her experiences living abroad in London and Greece into a delightful novel, entitled 'A Lone Red Apple'."
"When Londoner Matthew Wyttman, a classics professor, and Elena Angelides, a Greek artist, arrive at Mykonos on the same ferry, they don't realize that their lives will soon change because of the actions of the ancient Greek gods and the lyric poetry of Sappho. Zeus, Aphrodite, and Eros, with the assistance of the Muses, Poseidon, and the Zephyrs, set the stage for the couple's love story. Their tale unravels amid the beauties of the sacred isle of Delos and windmill-sprinkled Mykonos, where the variety of Greek culture, including the distinctive family structure, food, poetry, dances, religious rituals, and battle between environmental concerns and the economic boom of tourism are amply portrayed.
The whimsy of the gods enables Matthew and Elena to review their priorities and is just the spur they need to make positive changes in their lives. Their separate awakenings occur in an instructive yet vivid backdrop of the Greek islands and are affected by a dialogue between the gods and the beauty of Sappho's poetry. Supported by the apt, accomplished, and humorous illustrations of Bill Papas, this promising author uses many techniques to develop the novel. The secondary characters could be more developed and the transitions smoother, but these are small quibbles in an enjoyable read."
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The author is Aurelia, features writer for various magazines including "Greece in Print", and this is her debut novel, written in her distinctive and playful tongue-in-cheek style. Readers will hope that this is just one of many stories Aurelia plans to tell us about Greece, because it is a pure delight.
It is beautifully illustrated by world-renowned artist Bill Papas, a former cartoonist with "The London Times," who illustrated books for C.S. Lewis and Pope John Paul." - GREEK AMERICA MAGAZINE
A Lone Red Apple reads as a fun and accessible history and travel guide. It is a practical guide to Greece in the guise of a romantic novel. I was spell-bound... - THE ATHENS NEWS.....Click here for reviews
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