This book took my breath away. Moving, honest, and surprisingly full of hope in a devastated landscape, it reads as both a deeply personal story of guilt and atonement, and a fascinating glimpse into a chapter in Greek history and culture that's as desperate as it's inspiring. Tragic and funny by turns, endearing and painfully honest, its hero Alkinoos will stay with you long after you've turned the last page. It reads as an elegy for a childhood and a generation and a country. If you buy one book this year, this should be the one.
by L. Delamere
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish, a really gripping story told in an evocative and colourful way. The novel really immerses you into Greek history, and keeps your interest right to the end with memorable characters and vivid passages. Strongly recommended.
by Amazon Review
Extraordinary, brilliant, a masterpiece. I just couldn't put it down. The story telling is superb, the language virtuoso. It is immensely moving. An illuminating window into life in Nazi-occupied Athens and beyond. I hope the author will write more.
by Amazon Review
As an offspring of Greek Diaspora parents who left Greece after the WW II and the civil war, I found the book a most compelling read. I felt like I was there transported in time,reliving all those historical events my mother narrated to me when I was a child. A wonderfully told story of a boy's coming of age in 1940s Athens.
by Helen Voutsas
As a grecophile, I’m drawn to many books with a Greek theme. I particularly like exploring the history of Greece through a good novel. Gregory Grigoriadis’ writing makes ‘Still the Cicadas Sing’ compelling reading - one of the best I’ve read for a long time - as he tells the coming of age story of Alkinoos, a teenager growing up and surviving the horrors of life in Athens during WWII.
Alkinoos is a thinker, a young philosopher, who explores events, questions the opinions and actions of others as he and his school friends and family mostly survive the starvation and humiliation inflicted on Athens by the Nazis. Eloquently written, it was a joy to read in spite of the unpalatable events so evocatively portrayed.
by Sylvia Cook