Today I have a review of A Collar for Cerberus, a sleeper of a novel that deserves the praise and accolades I have seen showered on it thus far. Thank you to my Goodreads’ friend, Tudor Queen, for the recommendation! I would not have known about this book otherwise.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
All the Stars to A Collar for Cerberus! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
A Collar for Cerberus opens with a college graduate stepping off a bus just outside a small town in Greece. He has traveled there, on a whim and far from home, to hopefully meet someone he has admired in his studies of English, Nobel laureate Irakles Bastounis. From the opening paragraph, I knew I stumbled into an exceptional read.
Not only does our main character meet his idol, he becomes his driver. Together they take on Greece in Bastounis’ dusty, vintage Peugeot.
What awaits the reader from this point on is practically indescribable as the two embark upon their journey. There are layers upon layers of things to ponder, sage words from Bastounis, and important life lessons learned along the way. I am keeping it short here because there is likewise a journey for the reader, and I want it to be completely yours as you experience it.
Overall, A Collar for Cerberus is an ode to Greece, its rich landscapes and history, as well as its beautiful people. A Collar for Cerberus is about living in the moment, and it is wholly engaging, enriching, and honest. At the end of it all, it was also resonant and affecting, and I absolutely loved it.
Thank you to Thistle Publishing for the complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. A Collar for Cerberus will be published on July 26, 2018.
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Never meet your heroes…
A naïve English graduate arrives in Greece seeking experience and perhaps an encounter with his literary hero: Nobel laureate and irascible old hell-raiser Irakles Bastounis. Agreeing to act as driver for Bastounis, the young man finds himself on a hectic, adventurous and always challenging tour of Greece’s wonders – an apprentice in how to live life to the fullest.
As the road trip progresses, the questions arise. Is Bastounis still an addict? Who is following him and why? Is he researching his final, much-anticipated novel? Who are the people he’s meeting along the way? And how far will one young man ultimately go in the name of experience?
A Collar for Cerberus is a story about time, life, pleasure and the decisions we make.