Athena A Modern Greek Life Part II: Athena and Nikos

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Athena believes her dreams will come true if she leaves Greece and comes to America. Her odyssey begins in the early 1950s when she escapes her small village in the oppressive Mani for New York, the new Athens, seeking the advantages she equates with higher education and marrying a cultured man. Her abiding curiosity and her tenacious focus mirror the motivating forces that brought forth our Western Civilization. The two men in her life couldn’t be more different. Nikos arrives in the United States set on making his fortune. His lust for money rivals that of his ancestor Alexander the Great’s for territory. Thanasis, rooted in Greece, personifies ancient ideals of beauty, moderation and fairness. As with all Greek gods, he is both perfect and flawed. Like every immigrant, Athena is buffeted by the struggle to attain her goals and her profound nostalgia for the country she left behind. Ultimately, what is revealed is the dislocation, the pain, the joys and the fulfillment that accompanied her brave flight from her home.

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