The Island

The Island

Book - 2005
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Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother's past. But Sofia has never spoken of it, all she states is that she grew up in a small Cretan village before moving to London. When Alexis decides to visit Crete, Sofia gives her daughter a letter of introduction to a friend who will be able to fill in details. Alexis is astonished that the village of Plaka is a stone's throw from Spinalonga, Greece's former leper colony. Through the friend of her mother's Alexis at last hears her mother's story - a story of her great-grandmother Eleni and her daughters, and a family rent by tragedy, war and passion ...
Publisher: London :, Review,, 2005
ISBN: 9780755329649
Branch Call Number: F HIS NVD
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 24 cm


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May 01, 2019

Having visited Spinalonga this book was on point with the description of the environment and it was so easy to visualise the environment.
I would have liked a different ending but I enjoyed the intertwining family stories.

Dec 19, 2018

Victoria Hislop is my favorite writer so far, and her books are gloomy and amiable at the same time. The Island is her maiden work and it amazed me so much that I still think about it from time to time. The book consists of several stories carried on by three generations in one family, all related to leprosy somehow. Just like Victoria’s other books, The Island doesn’t have descriptions of anything big, remarkable or extraordinary. Instead, it is the closeness to life and simplicity in her words that give me a deep understanding of the characters and make me resonate with them. For me, The Island is a sad song, a dark chapter of the fight against disease, but also a paean of determination and forgiveness, a monument of the love in humanity. 5/5 Stars. @Vayne of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Feb 08, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed this, and learned a few things at the same time!

May 10, 2013

Victoria deserves every award she has received for her books. Loved this saga of several generations, could not put it down, became so involved with their lives, thoughtfully developed plot, real people, well researched history.

Nov 21, 2011

I believe that this is what people talk about when they say "beach read' enjoyed the book. Had a nice pace, and a nice story with a good amount of secrets unearthed to keep you interested. Not a huge fan of the ending, but a nice read anyway.

Aug 30, 2010

I found the first 56 - 60 pages slow but then the book became very enjoyable. I was sorry to finish it, wish it kept going.

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