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Offline vorgos

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Hi guys,

I am looking for book recommendations, in Greek obviously :), for my mother who is now a retiree and has plenty of time for reading.

What I've bought her so far...

- Βίος του Γέροντος Παϊσίου του Αγιορείτου
She really liked it and has reread it at least once.

- Μαρτυρίες προσκυνητών, Γέροντος Παϊσίου Αγιορείτου
She thought the 2 volumes were just ok.

- Βίος και Λόγοι Αγίου Πορφυρίου Καυσοκαλυβίτου
She found it a bit difficult/deep for her.

- Σχεδόν άγιοι
If her LOLs were anything to go by, she seemed to enjoy it very much.

- Το Μέγα Γεροντικόν (τόμος Α΄)
I bought the first volume just to check and indeed she didn't care for it. Too deep perhaps.

So what would you recommend based on the above as a guide?

Thanks.
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Re: προτάσεις βιβλίων για ηλικιωμένους
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2014, 02:28:19 PM »
Kostis Palamas' Ο Δωδεκάλογος του Γύφτου and Η φλογέρα του Βασιλιά

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Paparrigopoulos' Ιστορίας του Ελληνικού Έθνους
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Re: προτάσεις βιβλίων για ηλικιωμένους
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2014, 02:28:49 PM »
Kostis Palamas' Ο Δωδεκάλογος του Γύφτου and Η φλογέρα του Βασιλιά

Cavafy' Ποιήματα

Paparrigopoulos' Ιστορίας του Ελληνικού Έθνους

Thanks Cyrillic but I am fairly sure they are not her kind of books.... :)
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Re: προτάσεις βιβλίων για ηλικιωμένους
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2014, 06:14:05 AM »
Paparrigopoulos' Ιστορίας του Ελληνικού Έθνους
Did you read it in the original language (Katharevousa) or in the recent redition(s) in MoGr?
If in the original how did you find it? (linguistically I mean)
Try General Makriyiannis' Memoirs you'll be blown away

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If she found St. Porphyrios' life and teachings deep, try this:
Συνομιλώντας με τον Γέροντα Πορφύριο it's nicely written and describes the experience a teenager (female) had with him
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Ὁπλιτικῆς φάλαγγος οἰκεῖον μέλος
ὁ τοῦ βάρους σὺ κλῆσιν εἰληφῶς φέρεις.
Ἧχον τὸν ἁπλοῦν τὸν βάρους ἐπώνυμον
ὁ τοὺς λογισμοὺς ἐν βοαῖς μισῶν φιλεῖ.
Ἀνδρῶν δὲ ἄσμα δευτερότριτε βρέμεις.
Ὧν ποικίλος δὲ τοὺς ἁπλούς ἔχεις φίλους.

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Re: προτάσεις βιβλίων για ηλικιωμένους
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2014, 06:22:42 AM »
Original. It was a difficult read, but Katherevousa is closer to ancient Greek than demotic is. I liked it, though.

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Re: προτάσεις βιβλίων για ηλικιωμένους
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2014, 06:38:16 AM »
Original. It was a difficult read, but Katherevousa is closer to ancient Greek than demotic is. I liked it, though.
Then I'm afraid you'll find Makriyannis' memoirs very difficult because it's written in the demotic of his day (mid-19th c.) the language that naturally evolved from the Mediaeval Byzantine without Katharevousa's 'purification'; it's fascinating but I'm afraid you'll find more difficulties than you did in Paparrigopoulos' History. It's difficult for us native speakers too, we don't speak the same language anymore (Modern Standard Greek = Demotic + Katharevousa archaisms)
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Ὁπλιτικῆς φάλαγγος οἰκεῖον μέλος
ὁ τοῦ βάρους σὺ κλῆσιν εἰληφῶς φέρεις.
Ἧχον τὸν ἁπλοῦν τὸν βάρους ἐπώνυμον
ὁ τοὺς λογισμοὺς ἐν βοαῖς μισῶν φιλεῖ.
Ἀνδρῶν δὲ ἄσμα δευτερότριτε βρέμεις.
Ὧν ποικίλος δὲ τοὺς ἁπλούς ἔχεις φίλους.

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Re: προτάσεις βιβλίων για ηλικιωμένους
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2014, 07:11:34 AM »
Paparrigopoulos' Ιστορίας του Ελληνικού Έθνους
Did you read it in the original language (Katharevousa) or in the recent redition(s) in MoGr?
If in the original how did you find it? (linguistically I mean)
Try General Makriyiannis' Memoirs you'll be blown away

Re: vorgos
If she found St. Porphyrios' life and teachings deep, try this:
Συνομιλώντας με τον Γέροντα Πορφύριο it's nicely written and describes the experience a teenager (female) had with him

She said she found the second half of the book difficult. The little I remember of it, it isn't too deep, just general advise but she also complained that every time she tried to read it, she fell asleep! The thought crossed my mind that it was a spiritual attack of some kind...  :-\

Thanks for the recommendation, I'll check it out.
Christ turned the world upside down; and when the world was viewed from such a remarkable perspective, it suddenly made sense -- Fr Andrew Greeley