By John Lucas
Greece has constantly had its admirers, although none turns out to have adored the Athenian tavernas, the murderous site visitors and the jaded prostitutes, the petty bureaucratic tyrannies, the road noise and the heroic individualists with the irony and detachment of John Lucas. ninety two Acharnon road is a gritty portrait of a filthy urban and a wayward kingdom. but Lucas's love for the realities of Greece triumphs – for the Homeric kindness of her humans in the direction of strangers, for the pleasures of her tavernas and for the proximity of islands in transparent blue water as a shelter from the noise and toxins of her capital urban. this is often Greece because the Greeks might know it, noticeable throughout the eyes of a poet.
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But four became seven when the daughter extended the offer to a trio of women singers with whom she was friendly. The singers were, I think, called the Belle Stars, had made a record, treated themselves and us as though they were important people, and were strictly vegetarian. This led to a pronounced froideur when George took the entire party to a taverna which specialised in roast goat. The next morning the seven of them left early. Later that day I phoned the university, hoping to speak to Professor R.
Stay with us,’ I’d grandly offered before we left England. So they did. But four became seven when the daughter extended the offer to a trio of women singers with whom she was friendly. The singers were, I think, called the Belle Stars, had made a record, treated themselves and us as though they were important people, and were strictly vegetarian. This led to a pronounced froideur when George took the entire party to a taverna which specialised in roast goat. The next morning the seven of them left early.
I nibbled a slice of cheese, Pauline took some salad. George’s mother handed round bread. I noticed that places were set for more than the five of us. ’ I asked. George shrugged, ‘Perhaps. Who knows? ’ But during the course of what turned out to be a marathon meal, friends did indeed arrive to eat with George and his family. By the time Manolis appeared with a large plate of roughly-sliced beef and roast potatoes, we had been joined by an old man who was introduced as an uncle, a former seaman, thin as a fish-bone, and without a tooth in his head.
92 Acharnon Street. A Year in Athens by John Lucas