Book Review by Elaine B. Vallianou: The Magic In The Reveiver

"The Magic In The Receiver"-Ενα μυθιστόρημα ύμνος για την Κεφαλλονιά

“The Magic In The Receiver”-Ενα μυθιστόρημα ύμνος για την Κεφαλλονιά

Thank you Paul Dillon, you saw, heard and felt the essence of this paradise island in the Ionian Sea and depicted it perfectly in your book.

The author so precisely expresses the essence of the character, culture and religious beliefs of the Kefalonain people through people meeting and learning to know each other, name day and church celebrations, family dinners and business acquaintances.  He precisely depicts the horrible events of the days of the earthquake in 1953, and in contrast, the magnificent beauty of the sights, sounds, colors and life style of this paradise island in the present day.

Ioannis, the middle aged man returning to Kefalonia after 50 years, still burdened with the feelings of sadness and guilt over the loss of his friend during the quake, personifies the deep feelings of those young children caught up in the horrifying events of the quake and what they carry in their souls to this very day.

The love story of Ben and Elena is so natural, and through it, one learns of their dreams, their basic character, what drives them, and what “battles” about their future happiness they are fighting in their souls.  Through the story of their days together, there is a bonus for the reader; he is taken for the most magnificent yacht cruise from the most northern port city of Fiskardon, south along the western coast of Kefalonia.  He is introduced to and thoroughly enjoys the western cliffs, the dark blue and turquoise colors of the sea, the intricate physical details of the port town of Assos, the beach of Myrtos and the quiet little village port of Atheras. He sails along the western coast of Paliki passing Petani and sailing around the southern coast, glides into the Gulf of Argostoli, passing Lixouri, then onto the harbor of Argostoli.  By the end of the journey he has seen and felt the true physical beauty of Kefalonia.

The story engages the mind the soul and the heart, and is captivating to the adventurous young, adventure seeking middle aged and life contemplating older generation.

A must read for those planning to visit, those who have visited and wish to relive it when they return home, and those who would love to visit, but cannot at this time.

"The Magic In The Receiver"-Ενα μυθιστόρημα ύμνος για την Κεφαλλονιά

“The Magic In The Receiver”-Ενα μυθιστόρημα ύμνος για την Κεφαλλονιά.