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Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Headline Publishing Group (first published 2011)
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Tea Jovanović
Ova knjiga je možda još bolja od OStrva... Upravo je izašla iz štampe... Promenila je izdavača... Sada je objavljuje Čarobna knjiga...
Hannah Webster
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Roy
I was reluctant to ready this book. Why ? Well, I have read a lot of books about this era of Greek history, but other than Louis de Bernieres, never one written by a British author.
My wife had bought me a copy for Christmas, and I had put it under the bed, dismissing it as a middle class British woman's attempt to imagine a subject she can't possibly know that well. But I picked it up again when people started talking to me about it. I was wrong and I am glad I persevered. Hislop knows Greece we
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Kim
The sweeping historical detail of this book carried me through the first third before something started to niggle. I just couldn't engage with the characters and their reactions to things constantly surprised me, as a reader I ofen find myself seeing and feeling through the eyes of a character, but with this book I stayed an outside observer. When I started to analyse what the probelm was, I realised that although the author is very good at the history part, when it comes to people she writes in ...more
Trish
The Thread - Victoria Hislop

Katerina Sarafoglou, a young seamstress with exceptional talent, creates beautiful gowns for the rich ladies of Thessaloniki in Greece, the passion for her work shining through as her needle threads its way through the fine silks and wools.

Victoria Hislop's new novel, The Thread, weaves a story of love, family feuds, resilience and loss against a backdrop of the turbulent history of Greece, and, in particular, the northern city of Thessaloniki, throughout the 20th Cen
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Susan
Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a fire sweeps through the thriving multicultural city, where Christians, Jews and Moslems live side by side. It is the first of many catastrophic events that will change for ever this city, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people. Five years later, young Katerina escapes to Greece when her home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she finds herself on a boat to an unknown destination. From ...more
Mιss •kαthєяίиє•  Τhε Emεrαℓd Pяίиcεss®
Λοιπόν, από πού να ξεκινήσω... Χμμμ, πρωτα-πρωτα το βιβλίο το "δανείστικα" από μια φίλη (ευτυχώς!) η οποία λεγόταν επίσης Κατερίνα και το αγόρασε επειδή είχε Κατερίνα ως πρωταγωνίστρια και τη Θεσσαλονίκη ως τόπο διεξαγωγής της ιστορίας (πήγαμε σχολική εκδρομή εκεί --> αναμνήσεις...). Τελωσπάντων, το ομολογώ, το απλό εξώφυλλο και η περιληψη του οπισθόφυλλου μου κίνησαν την προσοχή. (Όχι ότι θα άφηνα ευκαιρο βιβλίο να φύγει μέσα από τα χέρια μου!!) Νόμιζα ότι η ιστορία θα ήταν το λιγότερο πάρα ...more
Mafi
Depois de dois anos sem ler nada da autora, eis que me chegou às mãos o 3º livro de Victoria Hislop. Já tinha lido os outros dois livros dela: "A Ilha" e "O Regresso" e gostei bastante de ambos. São histórias bem construídas, com boas personagens e enredos que atraem logo o leitor. Portanto não é de admirar que estava com muita vontade de ler este novo livro.

Em "A Arca" voltamos a viajar até à Grécia, pois é neste país que também se passa a acção de "A Ilha". Depois de no "O Regresso" a autora t
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Charlotte
I loved this book so much, I didn't want it to end.

I'm not sure what the opinion of this book might be from the perspective of a Greek reader and/ or someone who knows Greece/ Thessaloniki well, and I'm not sure if Hislop has actually written a realistic story here that accurately describes the nuances of the city and its people.

However, as I said, I absolutely adored it. It was a bit slow to get going but after a little while I was completely hooked and couldn't put it down.

It was just beautifu
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Ksenia Grekova
The world will never seize to amaze us with the past, however alluring the future is. In fact the past is so vivid, different, and yes, unknown and controversial that we more often than not choose to "rather bear those ills we have than fly to others that we know not of". And that's when the author's talent, skills and love step in to make the reader hungry to know more.

Yet another summer I travel to Greece and yet another year I pick up one of the Hislop's books. And yet another time I am abso
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Ivona Poyntz
A sprawling epic spanning both world wars, the Thread works better as historical reference than fiction: the characters are still born, rendered lifeless and unengaging, with the true centre piece being Thessaloniki, a vibrant city full of colour and pizzaz which subtly evolves throughout the 20 century.

The plethora of characters: Dimitri, Olga, Eugenia, Leonides and Katerina seem to share equal air time and thus we have no 'mains' here. Regretably, this serves to reduce the whole ensemble to se
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Filitsa
I read Hislop's latest around X-mas, in the quiet of the night. Very promising at first, but the novel is so plot-driven it is infuriating. No character development, many inconsistencies in the plot, some bad Greek (she should have asked her Greek friends to proofread). I kept reading because the main part of the plot happens during World War II in Thessaloniki, my home town, and that was such a dramatic time for the city. To be fair her descriptions are good and memorable. But the book could ha ...more
Patrícia
Opinião do blogue Chaise Longue: http://girlinchaiselongue.blogspot.pt...

Nasceu no Kent e quando era criança queria ser jogadora de ténis. Tem medo de livros de cozinha e é óptima a cantar. Gasta o dinheiro todo em lições de grego, no tempo livre lê. Trabalhou na publicação, como relações públicas e jornalista. Hoje é autora de romances.
O seu primeiro romance, A Ilha, foi publicado em 2005 e foi número um de vendas na lista do Sunday Times por oito semanas consecutives. Vendeu mais de duas milh
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Alon Motro
On the surface this melodramatic historical novel sounds appealing and interesting. When I heard the book was set in Thessaloniki (the town of my great grandmother) and that it dealt with Jewish and Sephardic heritage I was intrigued.

However, after 50 pages or so, the book's weaknesses started to outperform its strengths.

Hislop's writing is very mediocre. When she wants to compare something or show a contrasting situation she inevitably uses a simple metaphor to get the point across. The dialog
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Deborah
It is an amazing well written book, describing the friction and war between Greece and Turkey and how they swop their populations in the early 1900. As a second generation Holocaust survivor, most of the survivors talked very little about the events. So few of them came back from the camps, yet they did not share this part of history with their children. Yes most of the jewish women from Saloniki that survived were seamstresses, and we the girls of the second generation while poor were always we ...more
Clive Thompson
Beautifully told tale of harsh circumstances. Hislop has, very obviously, done her research into the history of Europe, of Greece and its relationship with Turkey, of Symia and Thessaloniki and has woven this story through that history.

Nobody should think, before reading this book, that the telling of the story of the people in the narrative comes second to the history of the area, as the characters have been richly drawn and are the backbone of the book – in other words we want to know what hap
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Louisa
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Rita
Mais uma vez temos uma saga familiar, desta vez passada em Tessalónica (Grécia), com todas as tragédias, desencontros e amores encaixados num contexto histórico.

As personagens embora simples foram muito bem desenvolvidas. Há uma coerência no modo como elas atravessam toda a história.

O incêndio de 1917 em Tessalónica. A tomada de Esmirna. As convulsões na Grécia. A chegada da II Grande Guerra Mundial e a Guerra Civil Grega entre 1946 – 1949, uma verdadeira aula sobre a história da Grécia do sécul
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Jenni
I loved Hislop's first novel and was very excited to see this one had been translated as well; couldn't help picking it up even though I had three other books to read. It's a story spanning from late 1800s to this day and tells the story of Dimitri and Katerina. I liked the way it opened with their grandson observing Thessaloniki and honestly would have loved to read more about him as well. What I loved the most about this book is how I learnt a lot about recent history of Greece, what happened ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
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This book opens in the modern era, and ends there, but the rest is all 1917 and forward. A young man is being told the story of his grandparents a and why they do not want to leave the city. Making this a mix of historical fiction and modern fiction.

It was a good story about the Katerina and Dimitri, but it was just as much a story about Greek modern history and especially then Thessaloniki history. Because they see so much since they live through it. Honestly I can't even begin with al
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Sophia
When I took this book in my arms I knew I will enjoy it. The way Victoria Hislop writes always amazes me. She pulls you in the story so easily so you laugh and cry with the characters all the way. First of all, you just have to fall in love with these families. Every one of them has it`s own cross to bear and you feel for them. I fell in love with the Moreno family. Such a good people, always helping others, always caring about the others....I was so sad at their destiny that all the way I hoped ...more
Philip Lane
Oh dear - what a disappointment. This felt to me like a cheap docu-drama with rather poor computer generated backdrops. As a past resident of Thessaloniki I couldn't really fault the historical bits, and obviously Hislop has trawled through old newspapers but the use of language I found hugely irritating. The book appears not to have been vetted by a Greek speaker and the most peculiar transliterations have crept in as well as some lack of knowledge in terms of names and forms of address, not to ...more
Ana Luisa
Victoria Hislop! Confesso que desde a chegada dos seus livros ao mercado literário português que muitas foram as vezes que dei por mim intrigada pelos seus livros. As sinopses destes faziam-me suspirar e pensar no quanto a minha imaginação poderia voar até àqueles lugares fantásticos e quantas aventuras os seus personagens iriam viver. Claro que muitas são as vezes que nos deixamos enganar por estas discrições e pelas capas fantásticas que nos são apresentadas, mas mesmo assim não descansei até ...more
Julie
I have read books that are considered character studies, and I would have to say that in this novel, the main character is the Greek city of Thessaloniki. Sure, there are a number of actual characters who walk her streets and call her home, but it is Thessaloniki that changes and evolves over the years while shaping and defining its inhabitants. Despite a devastating fire, The Great War, Nazi occupation, poverty, civil war and other perils, Thessaloniki witnessed generations of families survivin ...more
Sónia
Ainda que se trate de um romance, A Arca é tudo menos leve, face à carga factual que em si encerra. Refiro-me à dicotomia "guerra/religião". É uma excelente ode ao que realmente importa e também nos deixa uma mensagem a apelar ao nosso lado tenaz, face às adversidades da vida. Tudo isto, tendo como palco Tessalónica, na Grécia, no início do século XX.

Visto por outro prisma, é um livro que relata, de forma simples e fluída, os acontecimentos que envolveram aquelas gentes. Contudo, nas diversas ob
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Joana
"A Arca" passa-se na Grécia, no maravilhoso país mediterrânico, começando no presente, mas depressa nos remontando ao passado, mais propriamente, a 1917, ano em que nasce Dimitri Komninos, um dos protagonistas do livro.
A par de Dimitri temos Katerina, uma casal que me encantou, e que protagoniza a estória.
Num período de guerra em Tessalonica, cidade onde se centra a acção, Katerina e Dimitri crescem juntos, assim como a sua relação, que evoluí de forma graciosa e bonita.
Victoria Hislop conta-nos
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Marg

A few months ago I read this author's debut novel, The Island, and really loved it! Like that first book, this one is set in Greece, this time in the coastal city of Thessaloniki. It is a city that I knew very little about. Probably the only thing that came to mind was that there were a couple of letters to the Thessalonians in the New Testament of the Bible. What that tells us is that there is a long and rich history of the city, so it was probably wise of the author to concentrate pretty much
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Anne
The Thread is set in Greece's second city Thessaloniki with a prologue set in the present day. A young Anglo-Greek hears for the first time the story of his Grandparents and this story starts in 1917. A fire rages out of control and most of the citizens are left homeless. A baby boy is born that night and The Thread follows the story of that child - Dimitri Komninos. As a small boy Dimitri plays on the street with Katerina who is a refugee from Asia Minor, she fled when the Turks invaded her hom ...more
Sarah
I loved this just as I loved The Island! If you're a fan of fact based fiction try this. The novel explains why Thessoliniki, a thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side, loses it's whole Jewish and Muslim population in the space of just thirty years. Amongst the real horrors of Thessoliniki's devastating fire of 1917, Greece's struggles with Asia Minor, The German occupation of Greece during the second world war, civil war and a devastating earthquake, there are s ...more
Dottie Legatos
It's hard to put my feelings for this book into words. It's the story of families brought together by the turbulence in Greece & Turkey at the turn of the 20th century. Settling in Thessoloniki, Katerina encounters her "new" family: Greeks, Muslims, & Jews, all living together in harmony until the politics of the world take over. This story spans the 1900's and ends in 2007. As a 2nd generation Greek American, I'm so overwhelmed by this story. My maternal grandmother also fled Smyrna in ...more
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Victoria Hislop read English at Oxford, and worked in publishing, PR and as a journalist before becoming a novelist. She is married with two children.

Her first novel, The Island, held the number one slot in the Sunday Times paperback charts for eight consecutive weeks and has sold over two million copies worldwide. Victoria was the Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007 and wo
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“De siste ti årene hadde Hellas opplevd minst et dusin statskupp og nesten dobbelt så mange regjeringer, og pendelen hadde fortsat å svinge mellom tilhengere og motstandere av monarkiet. Monarkiets være eller ikke være var et evig tema for stridigheter og debatt i Hellas. I 1920, da kong Alexander døde av et apebitt, vendte faren hans hjem fra eksil, bare for å bli kastet ut av landet igjen to år senere. Han ble erstattet av sin eldste sønn, Georg, som i sin tur måtte tre av mot slutten av det neste året. Kong Georg hadde levd i eksil i nesten tolv år da han kunne vende tilbake til tronen etter en manipulert folkeavstemning.” 1 likes
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