Slaughter Us All and Make Our Blood a River

Cyprus Poetry and History

Non-Fiction - Historical
74 Pages
Reviewed on 08/20/2015
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Author Biography

Lemesos, Cyprus born and raised and USA University educated. He practices lifelong learning, and believes in peaceful settlement of differences among peoples.
This work follows “Three Hellene Cypriots” published in 2014.
The author, while a sixteen year old, first came to the United States. He had won an American Field Service scholarship. He made presentations about Cyprus to numerous organizations. This book is in a way an elaborate continuation, albeit at the opposite part of his life.
At Ripon College, Wisconsin, USA, he earned the A.B. degree. At Northeastern University, Boston, he continued with graduate studies earning a M.Sc. and then pursuing Ph.D. studies, all in the natural sciences. Finally, he had Harvard University graduate training, this time in Management through case studies. This gave him additional insight into policy, leadership and leaders such as those covered in this book. A rigorous Harvard writing course as well as professional writing experience helped prepare the author in this new book endeavor.
The final push in the author’s decision to go through with book writing at this stage of his life, was his father’s example. His father, Tonis Melas, was a prolific writer and an indelible example. Tonis Melas, in his shortened life, published nineteen books but had another thirty one ready for publication.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Slaughter Us All and Make Our Blood a River: Cyprus Poetry and History by Andreas Antoniou Melas revolves around the long history of Cyprus where people have suffered repeatedly under foreign conquerors. The poet gives readers adequate background about Cyprus to comprehend and appreciate the poem. It also narrates the battle of minds between the Turks and the Greeks. The poem, written in classic form, has a lot of drama and its various interpretations, messages, and great poetic style will fascinate any poetry lover. The verses are rich in imagery and language and reveals Cyprus and its woes to readers.

Though years and decades have gone by, Cyprus is still vulnerable to aggression from outside and, as the story unfolds through the verses, this becomes more and more evident. Epic poems always give a lot of information about the place, its culture and history, and this poem does just that. The poet sheds insights into the high drama that occurred between the Ottoman Turkish Cyprus Governor and Archbishop Kyprianos, who remains a memorable figure. The poem also speaks about the goodness of the Turkish officials along with their aggressive side.

The poem with its esoteric vibe has good messages and quotes for readers. It’s quite interesting and educational, giving readers a peek into Cyprus during olden days. The poet maintains a good tempo throughout the poem. The explanation of words makes it easy for readers to understand certain terms in the poem.