All The Kafenion really has going for it is atmosphere. Hislop has a huge talent when it comes to evoking Greece, particularly through tastes and textures, but this bite-sized morsel is too minuscule for substance.
In it, we encounter twins with wildly differing ideas over business ownership, to the point that their mother performs a King Solomon and splits the family kafenion down the middle. There’s a fable-like quality to it, and it fulfilled its purpose for me in occupying the last twenty minutes of a flight when I didn’t want to start a whole new book. Beyond that though, I’d really recommend choosing one of Hislop’s full length novels over this tiny taste of Greece.
[Read on 31 May 2016]