Kapelis "the Hatmaker"
by Andreas Kappa

"The atmosphere was electric. Greeks were meeting in secret everywhere."

In clear and concise prose, Kappa delivers over two centuries of history from the continent of Europe. Unadorned with sentimentality, the writing reads muscular and passionate without any trace of overt manipulation. The author delivers story and action with a deft hand, choosing words for a meticulous and polished style. The reader feels the power of human emotions as the narrative spans the lifetimes of the Kapelis. The book showcases the enduring strength of family set against some of Europe’s most atrocious crimes, including the horrific holocaust of the Jews.

In a wonderfully organized fashion, each chapter lists the place and year so that the reader may pick a point in history and jump in to catch up with the lives of the Kapelis. The story arc takes the reader on a linear journey of old-fashioned and decent people, reminding one of the humility and courage often missing from modern times. The Kapelis were skilled hat makers who made hats for the rich and powerful families of Europe. This was a seemingly simple profession—but one that allowed the family proximity to many important figures involved in wars and revolutions.

Through the losses and gains experienced by the Kapelis, the reader is sure to be moved on this long, emotional odyssey. The historical markers lend context to the deeply personal story played out by the generations of the Kapelis. The turmoil and upheaval throughout Greece’s history make for an exhilarating and poignant setting for this stunning tale to unfold. Kappa’s chronology is sure to dazzle his readers for generations to come.

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