Captain Nicholas Remembers...

Fiction - Literary
256 Pages
Reviewed on 02/09/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Captain Nicholas Remembers... is a work of fiction in the seafaring adventures, biographical style fiction, and historical fiction subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Written by authors Dr. Katherine E.A. Korkidis and Artemios John Korkidis, this beautifully penned work captures the serene solitude of Captain Nicholas as he reflects on his life by the sea, taking the reader through a series of contemplative moments on a tranquil August night. Through vivid imagery, we witness Captain Nicholas sitting alone on his balcony, surrounded by the gentle glow of the moon and the colors of the sunset painting the sky and sea. His thoughts drift to memories of his late wife and the changes in his family life, juxtaposed with the enduring presence of the sea, his lifelong love. It is translated from Artemios John Korkidis’s original Greek tale.

Author Katherine E.A. Korkidis has lovingly translated and crafted a peaceful journey into Captain Nicholas's world, filled with nostalgia, introspection, and a deep connection to nature. It’s a story that is sure to warm the heart, focused on character and mood, slowly developing into many poignant moments that touch the heart and linger long after the last page is turned. The descriptive prose is vivid and cinematic, with a great sense of emotion and atmosphere that transports readers into the serene setting. The narrative style flows well and is easy to read, like a tale from a wise old man, allowing readers to share in the captain's moments of reflection and remembrance. Overall, Captain Nicholas Remembers... is a poignant reminder of the beauty and solace found in quiet contemplation and the timeless embrace of the sea. It's a novel I’d recommend to those wishing for a serene and gentle literary escape.

Pikasho Deka

Dr. Katherine E.A. Korkidis beautifully translates her father's work from Greek to English in this novel, Captain Nicholas Remembers... Written by Artemios John Korkidis, the story follows a lifelong sailor named Captain Nicholas in the twilight of his life, sitting on the balcony of his home, reminiscing over his past. Born in a small village on the island of Crete, Nicholas always had a yearning for the sea and enrolled in the Merchant Marines Academy as a young man, much to the chagrin of his father. He rose through the Merchant Marines ranks quickly to become a sea captain, fell in love with an Argentinian woman while already married, and fought on behalf of the Allied forces in World War II. In his later years, he returned home but still stayed close to his first love, the sea.

Captain Nicholas Remembers... is an epic tale of a lifelong sailor and his eclectic adventures across the seas. Artemios John Korkidis creates a rich and diverse tapestry of a man's life, from humble beginnings to his meteoric rise and eventual surrender to the passage of time. There is a complexity to the character of Captain Nicholas that makes him feel like an actual person -- someone who has lived a long and active life filled with heartbreak, loss, regret, love, passion, and an insatiable drive to follow his dreams. Dr. Katherine E.A. Korkidis does a brilliant job with the English translation, keeping the spirit and emotional weight of the story well and truly alive. This is the type of novel that makes you introspect and contemplate. Readers who enjoy literary fiction will find a lot to love about this book.

Essien Asian

After a long career devoted to the sea, which sometimes took him to exotic locations around the world, Captain Nicholas Alexandrakis looks back on his achievements and the sacrifices he believes were necessary to become a successful seafarer and a hero to his people. Behind the congratulations and the smiles, there are several painful memories, regrets, and poorly handled family matters that only this older man understands. The retired sailor takes it all in from the comfort of his new home in Captain Nicholas Remembers... by Artemios John Korkidis and Dr. Katherine E.A. Korkidis.

Artemios John Korkidis and Dr. Katherine E.A. Korkidis craft a thought-provoking story about choices and their consequences in the life of a former sailor. The characters in this work have rich origin stories put together in a manner that will appeal to historical fiction lovers. The plot is straightforward to follow, and the conversations between the characters are fascinating. Despite Nicholas repeatedly referring to the sea as his second mother, it is intriguing to observe that he treats his profession less like a mother and more like a mistress he is unwilling to let go. What is most striking about this story is how his actions affect his relationship with his son by continuing a cycle he wanted to break. With its rich historical and cultural content, combined with the informative culinary bits and curious facts Nicholas shares about the places and people he comes into contact with in his voyages, Captain Nicholas Remembers... boldly stands out as an entertaining reading experience that will leave a lasting impression on the reader.