Victoria hislop. Victoria Hislop doesn’t care if men read her novels 2019-04-24

Victoria hislop Rating: 7,7/10 1610 reviews

Victoria Hislop (Author of The Island)

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I read the whole thing in two days. Even her mother, Sofia seemed like a bit of an afterthought. Now, that doesn't mean the story is bad. Once you have started reading this book, you will become captivated, and will have your nose in it at every opportunity, until you reach the last page. Despite all the tragic events that befell the Petrakis family only one scene could evoke any emotion from me - when Maria was leaving for Spinalonga - there was a slight chin quiver, then a sniff and that was it for the emotional reactions from me towards this book. Victoria Hislop knew it was true love with future Private Eye editor and Have I Got News For You star Ian Hislop when they got together in their final year at Oxford University. This island of Spinalonga was Greece's main leper colony from 1903 to 1957 and the book paints an intimate picture of what life was like for the lepers living on the island.

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Victoria Hislop

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She wears it for luck. Overall I would have to say that the reading was okay instead of enjoyable. It is fairly easy to read and has some interesting subject matter but I feel it takes a scatter gun approach, putting in a little bit of everything, and failing to hit any target. I agree that there are many long descriptions but I don't think they make the book boring. Anna is an awful character, the daughter that is evil and cruel and wants something for nothing.

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Victoria Hislop

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The rest of the book is about the past. I got some murky lower second and he just missed out on a first. It's supposed to be about the hidden life of a character - Sophia, however, she doesn't feature much at all and when she does she's a very vacuous, non-developed character, as is her daughter Alexis, who goes in search of her mothers hidden history. Καλά I have watched the Greek series based on the book so I knew what was going on, but still I loved the book. I am going to watch the series again, too. The two daughters couldn't be more different. This book had no editing problems that I could see , so I didn't feel justified in giving it a one despite how dry the writing was considering the fact that it should have been an emotional story featuring people being sent away from their families because of the diagnosis of leprosy.

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Victoria Hislop doesn’t care if men read her novels

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Once you have started reading this book, you will become captivated, and wil The background to this story is so well researched that you feel as if it is a truthful account of events surrounding the lives of those suffering from leprosy in Crete during the Second World War, and their families and friends. This is a beautifully written story with characters so convincing that I had to keep reminding myself that the book is in fact fiction. Ed, the boyfriend, comes across as a total jerk; for some reason, though, Alexis has remained in the relationship and is undecided about whether to end it. At eighteen, Sofia has a freak attack when she learns the story of her origins and leaves Crete for England, marrying and giving birth to Alexis. Making her first visit to Crete to see the village where her mother was born, Alexis discovers that the village of Plaka faces the small, now deserted island of Spinalonga, which, she is shocked and surprised to learn was 's for much of the 20th century.

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Headline to publish new Victoria Hislop novel in May

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We then hear the story from what happened to the family on both sides of the water. And as what seems to be normal for books that try to link past and present, the present was drastically underdeveloped. I was very interested in the story of the inhabitants of the island, the treatments used for leprosy before the cure was found, and what the eventual cure was, but Hislop's writing created a huge distance between me and all of her characters. The names of characters, their beliefs, the foods, their life styles are all very accurately portrayed. And the modern-day story of a young woman searching for her own identity, seeking her past and her future, makes a pleasing wrapper. Also who was doing the cooking in the Vandoulakis household? The Nazi occupation deepens the fault-lines between those she loves just as it reduces Greece to destitution.

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Headline to publish new Victoria Hislop novel in May

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She left when she was 18, never to return. Set on the island of , off the coast of , and on the village of which lies within swimming distance across the bay from it, The Island tells the story of Alexis Fielding, a 25-year-old on the cusp of a life-changing decision. Yes, I'm going to continue reading Victoria Hislop, she's a marvelous writer, but this one. While some wounds heal, others deepen. Her writing style is uninspired. Side-stories, the flirtatious sister, the lost little boy, even soldiers in the war, all fold together creating a fine sense of people and place, a picture of quiet society still hiding in the warmth of Cretan sunshine and the dust of forgotten lanes.

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Those Who Are Loved : Victoria Hislop : 9781472223234

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It is here that Alexis meets an old friend of her mother's, Fotini, who is prepared to tell her for the first time the whole tragic story of her family. When Alexis decides to visit Crete, however, Sofia gives her daughter a letter to take to an old friend, and promises that through her she will learn more. A really enjoyable read, albeit out of my usual genres. The transformation of the leper colony from a crumbling dank village into a thriving community was described reasonably well. So anyone who might give it a miss thinking its a chick-lit don't! The theme of searching for identity is well-served as the author follows characters whose identities have been stolen by disease—some losing their physical self-image, others half-destroyed mentally by loss of family and friends.

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Those Who Are Loved : Victoria Hislop : 9781472223234

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I have read all of Victoria Hislops books,and they are always very enjoyable. I quite liked the character of Maria, even though she was quite a passive character and I usually prefer more sparky female protagonists, she was characterised quite well. You simply must read this heartrending, brilliantly descriptive and meticulously researched piece of work, whether you are able to visit the island or not. Stephen King's rule has not reached the author of this book. This is a great book -- I enjoyed it completely.

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