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Travels in Elysium (English Edition) di [Azuski, William]
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Plato’s metaphysical Atlantis mystery plays out on an archaeological dig on the island of Santorini.

It was the chance of a lifetime. A dream job in the southern Aegean. Apprentice to the great archaeologist Marcus Huxley, lifting a golden civilisation from the dead... Yet trading rural England for the scarred volcanic island of Santorini, 22‐year old Nicholas Pedrosa is about to blunder into an ancient mystery that will threaten his liberty, his life, even his most fundamental concepts of reality.

‘Then chalk it up to experience, Mr Pedrosa. Trust no one. Believe no one. Question everything. Remember, there is nothing here you can take at face value... No — not even yourself.’

An island that blew apart with the force of 100,000 atomic bombs... A civilisation prised out of the ash, its exquisite frescoes bearing a haunting resemblance to Plato’s lost island paradise, Atlantis... An archaeologist on a collision course with a brutal police state... A death that may have been murder... And a string of inexplicable events entwining past and present with bewildering intensity... Can this ancient conundrum be understood before it engulfs them all?

‘This extraordinary novel, part murder mystery, part metaphysical thriller, kept me guessing until the very last page. The intellectual duel between the troubled hero and his ruthless mentor is mesmerising. William Azuski’s treatment of the Atlantis legend is completely original and I have rarely read a novel with such a strong sense of place. The bizarre landscapes of Santorini and the daily lives of its people, both ancient and modern, are vividly evoked. Anyone who enjoys the work of Umberto Eco, Orhan Pamuk or Carlos Ruiz Zafón should try this book.’
— Geraldine Harris, author, Egyptologist, and a member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford.

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  • Editore: Iridescent Publishing (27 aprile 2013)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00CKBE5C6
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4.0 su 5 stelle A Different Take on Other Reviews 11 agosto 2013
Di James Ellsworth - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
I was invited to review this book and it was described as a mixture of modern archaeology, fiction and the paranormal. I accepted anyway.

The book opens very strongly--especially for one who has lived as I have lived--with a 'chance of a lifetime' opportunity to leave a 'dead end' job for something wondrously adventuresome. This is for 'openers.' Every classical Greek story should begin as a journey and this book offers a fine one. Since this journey is the story, forgive me if I let you discover it for yourselves. I can say without violating anything, that the first part of the story brings the reader right into a wonderful fantasy: what if you were able to join a major archaeological expedition? What would it feel like, smell like, be like? How would the investigators live together? Egos are involved. How would they 'play out?' In short, the author of this book is very fine at evoking 'atmosphere.' We feel that we can 'trust' him about anything to do with archaeology. Many of us will have read about Santorini or seen video travelogues and this book is so true to them. This is an 'immersion' read in travel and geography and culture. Readers who seek such experiences will not be disappointed.

This book is a murder mystery novel. This works in two senses: someone has died so how and 'whodunit?' It is also a novel about 'mysteries' or the sacred or the paranormal. I have already digested quite a few murder mystery novels this summer, and, forgive me, if I do not comment in detail about this one. Readers don't want reviewers to 'give the game away' (as I have readers' 'comments' to cite.) This, to me, is a decent mystery in both senses mentioned above but it is a more entertaining read for its 'location' and for its 'cultural history' and for its 'coming of age/loss of naiveté' story line. One finds reviews by erudite or pseudo-erudite readers (I can not tell one from the other on these pages). These reviewers may have a point but I don't think any of this detracts from this book's value as a 'summer read.' The author is an almost poetic story teller and the narrative flow moves us along with just a little 'suspension of disbelief.' One almost 'signs on' for that with these tales that emerge from myths--in this case the myth of the Elysian Fields. We are not always looking for 'a great book' or a life-changing read when we shop. I found this book to be worth its weight in entertainment and I looked no deeper. Read in this way, the book will delight.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A wonderful novel 1 novembre 2013
Di Cathy Murray - Pubblicato su
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I don't usually pay anywhere near this amount for Kindle books but after reading the free sample I had high expectations that this book was going to be worth the outlay! I was engaged with the story; intrigued by where it might be going; fascinated by the details about the island and Greek culture and absorbed by the emerging characterisation and looking forward to reading the remainder of the novel which is a good 500 pages in total. And I wasn't disappointed: this is one of the most complex, interesting, challenging and thought provoking books I've read for ages and I thought it was brilliant. Author William Azuski has taken the long route to explore his story and given himself the time to let the story build up slowly to its amazing denouement. That's not to say that the novel is in any way boring: to the contrary in parts it races forwards with an almost frenzied need to get to the answers. Which brings me to possibly the most interesting aspect of the novel: the way the author has handled time. It wasn't until I'd got right to the end of the novel that I realised how cleverly this had been done; while reading it there were places where I thought some tough editing was needed and as everything else was so good couldn't understand why it hadn't been done. But at the end I realised what a masterly trick the author plays with time and how cleverly he uses it to take the reader into other worlds with complete conviction and credibility. The writing in places is beautifully poetic and the descriptive passages conjure up vivid and original images. This novel isn't a quick, easy read; you have to concentrate and at times work quite hard to follow the plot and understand the significance of events but it is well worth the effort. Travels in Elysium really is a wonderful novel and I don't regret spending (in terms of both cash and time) much more than usual on the book.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Fast-paced yet thought-provoking 29 agosto 2013
Di J. Conrad Guest - Pubblicato su
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Young Nicholas Pedrosa is part of an archeological expedition that seeks to uncover the mystery of what happened to the people of Santorini, the Aegean island that, 3,600 years ago, was nearly destroyed by one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history. The expedition discovers, under meters of ash, frescoes, potsherds, even buildings and temples, but no remains of the island's inhabitants.

All this is but the backdrop for much more, including murder and deception, father-son regrets, and the search for the ultimate truth -- crossing the Great Divide and returning. An oracle is discovered, and the narrative jumps from present to past and back again -- are the inhabitants of the past aware of the visits of those from their distant future?

Some may find the narrative cumbersome, overwrought with metaphor, the denouement unsatisfying; while others will find Azuski's tale intriguing, inviting introspection on whether the white light those who claim near death experience is simply the projection of a mind unable to comprehend a world in which it no longer exists.

-- J. Conrad Guest, author of A Retrospect in Death
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5.0 su 5 stelle 5 million stars! 22 agosto 2013
Di Maximus Pittounikos - Pubblicato su
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TRAVELS IN ELYSIUM is a fathomless gift to the intelligent reader. Luxuriate in these pages and get swept on a magical mystery tour, drugs free! Not surprisingly, the envious will hate it but that's understandable.

William Azuski deserves all the success come to him because TRAVELS IN ELYSIUM is immense in both its scope and its profundity. In these pages we have a supreme masterpiece of wisdom, instruction and, to me anyway, divine sexual sassiness. Indeed, this guy would have the ancient Greeks clapping with envious congratulations!

So congratulations to this new author. I was utterly mesmerised my Azuski's writing style and his swift footed intelligence.

Understandably, my review will never do this whopping 550 page epic any justice and so ill wrap it up by saying: dive in for yourself!

Highly, highly recommended!
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5.0 su 5 stelle A wondrous excavation of myths, men and the meaning of death 26 settembre 2013
Di Allen Baird - Pubblicato su
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Forget, for a second, the other excellent qualities of this novel. Leave aside the crisp chapter and paragraph sizes. Overlook the stock of interesting, sympathetic characters, the immersive scene setting, the spot-on dialogue, and so forth. The key question for any novel is: Is it a good yarn? The answer is a resounding yes. Here's why I think so.

It's rare to get a novel that performs multiple functions well, rarer still to find one that combines them satisfactorily. A novel can have pace, but then miss depth and detail. A novel can provide food for thought, but leave me thirsting for friction, action and explosion. As mood and backdrop increases, dialogue decreases. Not here. And how William Azuski accomplishes this seems rather clever to me.

As I read Travels in Elysium, I found it hard not to compare it with other novels. It starts with a young man called Nicholas traveling to a Greek island for educational purposes where he meets an overpowering personality who acts as a dangerous mentor figure. There are beautifully crafted disriptions of his travel to the location and the local culture, written by someone who clearly knows their stuff. My immediate thought was of The Magus by John Fowles.

Then, the atmosphere darkens, the mood becomes nocturnal. Without spoiling the plot, there is talk of vampires, exorcisms, murder, rituals for the dead. The hero becomes a passive pawn, playing with arcane knowledge and forces beyond his meagre ken, pushing him to the brink of sanity tiself. I sensed the spirit of H P Lovecraft hovering nearby. Instead of the Necronomicon we read instead of the Necromanteion, although the dreamscapes sound similar.

Azuski flips it again, flowing along with the plot. Next, it's all about mysteries, ancient cyphers and sects, well-known legends with a possible basis in fact. The church is not happy with these pagan flashbacks. Rich, shady aristocrats are lining up pro and con with their own agendas. Secret societies show us their hands. Time is ticking. Robert Langdon to the rescue, anyone? Thankfully not.

It important for me to say that Azuski's writing style does not roam wildly over the course of events. These literary comparisons were conjured up in my own brain by the twists and shifts of the plot. Travels in Elysium reads like a single novel with the main characters acting in a consistent way. The yarn is primary, coherent, yet full of surprises, reveals, depths. It grows along with the hero, and with readers understanding of what exactly is happening. It's Indiana Jones for post-modern grown-ups.

I need to mention three other superb futures about Travels in Elysium. One is its intellectual playfulness, or rather, the way Azuski treats his readers as possessing a brain capable of handling plot material that refers to Plato, Atlantean legends, immortality, archaeological processes and questions about the nature of reality. This probably isn't an airport or poolside novel. That is a compliment. Secondly, Azuski has the knack of making you feel like you're there, with local customs and characteristics, phrases and fears, all explicable. Finally, the ending is superb, containing closure without conclusiveness. Many a novel flounders here. I had two possibilities in my mind. Neither were correct and so much the better.

Negative Points? I'd have enjoyed a little map near the start to plot all the hero's initial travels. And maybe a few sketches of the artefacts or legends mentioned along the way. Also, I fear the size of the book's bulk might put potential readers off (98 chapters, 539 pages). It shouldn't. Chapter are short and sweet. Azuski has a great tale to tell, one, like real life, in which answers don't come easy. Finally, the novel's title might seem a little soft in comparison to its rugged, raging contents. 'Travels'? More like 'Tremors'! However, there is an internal plot device that makes the chosen title necessary. Which is? You'll have to read it to find out.
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