Friday, October 31, 2008

The Island by Victoria Hislop

First sentence:

"A cold wind whipped through the narrow streets of Plaka and the chill of the autumnal air encircled the woman, paralysing her body and mind with a numbness that almost blocked her senses but could do nothing to alleviate her grief."


"On the brink of a life-changing decision, Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother's past. But Sofia has never spoken of it. All she admits to is growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London. 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.

Arriving in Plaka, Alexis is astonished to see that it lies a stone's throw from the tiny deserted island of Spinalonga -- Greece's former leper colony. There she finds Fotini, and at last hears the story that Sofia has buried all her life: the tale of her great-grandmother Eleni and her daughters, and a family rent by tragedy, war and passion. She discovers how intimately she is connected with the island, and how secrecy holds them all in its powerful grip. . ." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This was a very moving and poignant book about family and adversity. I liked interactions of the characters and how Alexis learns about her mother's family and why her mother Sofia never talked about them until now.

Date read: 9/23/2008
Book #: 70
Rating: 4*/5 = great
Genre: Fiction

ISBN-10: 0755309510
IBSN-13: 9780755309511
Publisher: Headline Review
Year: 2005
# of Pages: 473
Binding: Trade Paperback
LibraryThing Page

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