The Island

The Island

Book - 2007
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The Petrakis family lives in the small Greek seaside village of Plaka. Just off the coast is the tiny island of Spinalonga, where the nation's leper colony once was located, a place that has haunted four generations of Petrakis women. There's Eleni, ripped from her husband and two young daughters and sent to Spinalonga in 1939, and her daughters Maria, finding joy in the everyday as she dutifully cares for her father, and Anna, a wild child hungry for passion and a life anywhere but Plaka. And finally there's Alexis, Eleni's great-granddaughter, visiting modern-day Greece to unlock her family's past.
Publisher: New York : Harpercollins, 2007, c2005
ISBN: 9780061340321
Characteristics: 474 p. ; 21 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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