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The Island (original 2005; edition 2007)

by Victoria Hislop

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Title:The Island
Authors:Victoria Hislop
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2007), Paperback, 480 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:Fiction, 2012, Wheelers, Greece, Leprosy, Family Saga

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The Island by Victoria Hislop (2005)

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Very readable book.Enjoyed very much learning about life in a Greek village in the 40s and during WWII and about the Petrakis family of Eleni and Giorgis and their daughters Anna and Maria.. A short boat ride from their village of Plaka is the island of Spinalonga, a leper community..Eleni after her diagnosis is sent to Spinalonga and later her duaghter Maria. Maria does leave the island when a cure is founded.
There is lots of family drama to keep this book interesting and along with vivid descriptions make this a good book to read. ( )
  Smits | Jun 14, 2016 |
Wonderful. A great insight into the lives of individuals struck with such a devastating disease. Told through several generations of Greek citizens in a costal town next to an island where people with leprosy were incarcerated for lack of a better word, this story weaves its way through the research and development of a cure for the disease and the impact both the disease and the cure had on this small village. ( )
  Bauernfeind | Jun 4, 2016 |
Ένα καταπληκτικό βιβλίο!!! ( )
  GeorgiaKo | May 27, 2016 |
Not really my kind of book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The description of life in the leper colony was fascinating and very compassionate.
  jbennett | May 18, 2016 |
Historical novel about Crete and an ancient disease, leprosy, and it's impact from biblical times until its cure. April 2016 selection of Reading Club, most members really enjoyed book, felt the story was well told, characters well developed, we learned things about this ancient disease that we didn't know, and are interested in reading other books by author. Major criticism was they wanted more details about the island community of lepers and life there. ( )
  Gmomaj | Apr 27, 2016 |
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For my mother, Mary
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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 nothering to alleviate her grief.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0755309510, Paperback)

Exterior: Small food stain on outer page edge. One spine crease. No other marks, tears or folds inside or out. Book is clean and intact.

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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.

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