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The Return

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,124 Ratings  ·  537 Reviews
An atmospheric, vibrant and moving tale of pain and passion at the heart of war-torn Spain, from Victoria Hislop, the million-copy bestselling author of THE ISLAND.

Beneath the majestic towers of the Alhambra, Granada's cobbled streets resonate with music and secrets. Sonia Cameron knows nothing of the city's shocking past; she is here to dance. But in a quiet caf, a chance
Paperback, 578 pages
Published April 16th 2009 by Headline Review (first published 2008)
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Tara Chevrestt
After being blown away by "The Island" I immediately ordered "The Return" and I am not disappointed. I am now an official Victoria Hislop fan. Her novels are to be savored and enjoyed.

"The Return" begins in recent times in England. Readers are introduced to a middle aged woman named Sonia. This part is very similiar to "The Island" as both heroines are having relationship issues and are both facing similiar difficult choices.. basically "stay with this jerk or leave" type choices. I found parts
Mar 02, 2013 Vera rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Η συγγραφέας πραγματεύεται ένα θέμα ταμπού μέχρι πρότινος, τον εμφύλιο πόλεμο στην Ισπανία! Ένα βιβλίο που προβληματίζει τον αναγνώστη και τον ευαισθητοποιεί βοηθώντας τον να κατανοήσει την αξία του ειρηνικής ζωής! Το βιβλίο μας μυεί στον εμφύλιο πόλεμο της Ισπανίας μέσα από την αναδρομική εξιστόρηση της οικογένειας Ραμίρεζ που αποδεκατίστηκε από τον εν λόγω πόλεμο. Το βιβλίο είναι πολυεπίπεδο και η ιστορία εκτυλίσσεται σε δυο χρονικά και τοπικά επίπεδα. Η Σόνια, μια 32χρονη αγγλίδα το 2001 κάνε
Lance Greenfield
Gripping account of the Spanish Civil War

The body of this book consists the story of the Ramirez family of Granada during the Spanish Republic, the Civil War and the ensuing years. It is a tremendously powerful narrative and cannot fail to stir the emotions. The detail reflects the huge effort that the author must have put into her research.

The vehicle for the main story, which is the journey of Sonia, as she tries to fill the gap left in her life by her empty marriage with an adventure into fla
Sep 10, 2010 Chrissie rated it did not like it
I DIDN'T like this, not at all!!! Look, I gave it a very good fair chance...... I can think of two positive things to say about this book.
1. Flamenco is superbly described with an emtion that totally pulls the reader in.
2. The reader is given a clear resumé of the time leading up Spanish Civil War 1936-1939, the Civil War itself and a teeny, teeny bit about its aftermath. BUT, it reads like a school book for children. Simplistic. The story is simply a showcase for the events of the war. After r
Meira Eliot
Aug 13, 2013 Meira Eliot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's almost as if countries can have karma, like people do. While the rest of us Europeans were still in the Dark Ages, Spain was a multi-ethnic island of tolerance and excellence, safeguarding the legacy of the Greeks through Arab translations. Then along come Ferdinand and Isabella, chuck out the Jews and the Muslims in the same year as Columbus discovered America, and the upshot is a quagmire of bigotry and intolerance that is still going on in the 20th century in the form of the Spanish Civi ...more
Oh dear. This just doesn't work at all. The modern-day story wrapped around the historical part is so flimsy and cliched that it would have been better to leave it out altogether and just tell the civil war story. A basic structural flaw was that Miguel simply could not have known all the details given here. Every now and then,Hislop remembers, oops, Miguel is supposed to be telling the story here, so she flips back to the present day for a paragraph so that they can order another coffee. Could ...more
Jan 12, 2012 Meenoo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are many things to like about The Return, but also some things that were too predictable and required a willing suspension of belief. The good parts: the descriptions of flamenco were wonderful. I know so little about this dance and I learned a lot. I could tell that she definitely did her research about the Spanish Civil War, which is also an era of history I know too little about. All of my knowledge about this era comes from "The Shadow of the Wind" and the movie "Pan's Labyrinth." Howe ...more
Annemieke Windt
I struggle to come up with an opinion about Victoria Hislop's The Return. It took me weeks to finish it, which isn't a good omen because she knows to write with a certain pace. The storyline is intriguing, because it deals with a partly forgotten war in the rest of Europe, the Spanish cival war. That by itself should offer enough drama, but the main part of the book, telling the story of the Ramirez family from Granada, feels different. As a reader I felt that I witnessed everything through a wi ...more
Laura Smith
I really enjoyed Victoria Hislops The Island so as soon as I saw this had been released I put my name down at the library to borrow a copy. The book started well as we follow Sonia, an unhappily married woman, to Granada where she and a friend have booked a holiday and some dance lessons. We follow her as she becomes more immersed in the salsa and flamenco dances and as she meets an elderly cafe owner who begins to tell her about the family who owned the cafe at the time of the civil war.

At this
Jun 22, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O Regresso converteu-se no melhor livro que já li nos últimos tempo!!
A autora tem o dom de conciliar paixão, magia e música com a triste realidade da Guerra Civil espanhola, originando um enredo bastante cativante.
Adorei, sobretudo, a maneira como foram conjugadas as histórias dos quatros irmãos, onde se demonstrou a forma como cada um, à sua maneira, lidou com a dura realidade, combatendo a dor, a perda, a solidão, o desespero e o sofrimento tão patentes em seu redor. É assim um livro que n
Traduzida para mais de vinte línguas, Victoria Hislop já conquistou um lugar no coração dos seus leitores, amantes de romances históricos. Vencedora de prémios como o Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007 e o Richard & Judy Summer Read competition, Victoria já escreveu três livros de sucesso, sendo um deles este O Regresso, número um nos bestsellers do Sunday Times. Antes de ser escritora, a autora trabalhou na publicação e como relações públicas e jornalista.
Uma das au
Elle Saverini
Aug 10, 2010 Elle Saverini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a painful read; got a lot more than I'd asked for.
The book's strength is completely in the flashback telling of Franco's rise in pre-WWII Spain. I was completely ignorant of his torturous reign and it got-to-me in it's intensely graphic and devastating familial context. Never-the-less, I highly recommend it.
The dovetailing story of flamenco over two generations, and the modern British romances (wait, is this last an oxymoron?) work well, but Hislop has a clunky hand in the love arena
Dec 22, 2013 Janeka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, blogring, 2013
Um relato fantástico do que terá sido a Espanha da primeira metade do século XX: como se viveu durante a Segunda República e a Guerra Civil, as touradas e o flamenco.

A história principal revolve em volta da família Ramirez, descrevendo como estes trágicos anos afetaram cada parte desta. A censura, as opiniões políticas, a proibição de atividades de entretenimento e a punição daqueles que não cumpriam o que era estritamente definido.

Gostei bastante da influência da dança em Mercedes, da forma com
Sonia Cristina
Apr 28, 2013 Sonia Cristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: português
Depois de ler A Ilha, que se revelou uma ótima surpresa, tinha esperança de gostar também de O Regresso, mas estava um bocadinho de pé atrás. Depois de começar a parte do passado, fui surpreendida por estar a gostar tanto! Nunca gostei de História, nunca percebi os acontecimentos, como as guerras aconteciam, as intrigas reais, etc e tal. Como este livro é um retrato da Guerra Civil espanhola, em que são descritos vários acontecimentos ao longo daqueles anos, praticamente não existe mais história ...more
Mar 14, 2015 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, r, female-author
I enjoy books with a historical aspect and seem to have read a few related to the Spanish Civil War recently and this one was enjoyable enough if not a little predictable. I also felt that i didn’t connect with the characters in the same way as I did with ‘The Island’ and didn’t really care what was happening to them and the book lack something. Although dance was meant to be an integral part of the story I felt it added little other than added description. I felt there was lack of development i ...more
There are lots of things to like about this book, and yet I can only give it three stars because it just didn't quite grip me. "The Return" is not one of those books that you "just can't put down" --- I actually had to make myself pick it up and keep reading most of the time.

And yet --- this is not a bad book. The style of writing is good, and the characters are interesting. A few years ago I spent 2 weeks in Granada, so I could really see the streets and Plazas of the city - as well as the magn
Jul 18, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It made me want to learn much more about the Spanish Civil War. It shocked me to find out that this was happening in the 20th centuary and yet I did not learn anything about it at school. I never realised the extent that the spanish people were put through.
As for the book I felt it was excellent, the story (although predictable) the historical information, the descriptions and the best reason I loved the book it made me want to dance.
Sep 02, 2013 Mafi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, favorites, pt
Fantastico! Muito, muito bom e deu para aprender alguma coisa sobre a Guerra Civil Espanhola ;)
Πάνος Τουρλής

Καλογραμμένο, ωμό, ρομαντικό, σκληρό, γυναικείο, βίαιο, παθιάρικο, προβλέψιμο. Μια ιστορία αγάπης που κάποια στιγμή υποκύπτει στην πραγματικότητα. Μια οικογένεια που ο ισπανικός εμφύλιος του 1936-1939 τη διαμελίζει. Στη Γρανάδα, η Κόντσα χάνει ένα ένα τα μέλη της οικογενείας της: ο σύζυγός της και ο ένας γιος φυλακίζονται, ο δεύτερος γιος δολοφονείται και ο πρωτότοκος κατατάσσεται εθελοντής στρατιώτης κατά των δυνάμεων του Φράνκο ενώ η μοναχοκόρη Μερσέντες φεύγει μες στο χάος για
Amei este livro. Depois da “Ilha” este “O regresso” não me desiludiu em nada.

Duas amigas vão para Granada dançar salsa. Eu adoro Salsa e dança em geral pelo que o tema interessou-me logo de início. Depois é um romance histórico, género que eu adoro.

Aprendi imenso com este livro. Aprendi coisas que já deveria saber, considerando que Espanha é já aqui ao lado e que partilha tanto da sua história connosco. Sorri e chorei com este livro.

Conta-nos uma história de amor atípica, sem o rumo esperado, e
Jan 11, 2013 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading this book a couple of days ago and I'm glad that I am writing the review now and not then. This is because I haven't stopped thinking about it which means it has had a big impact on me, which has surprised me! I really wanted to like this book but found myself becoming bored and listless with it. I didn't warm to the main character in the present Sonia at all and part one centred around her and her need to dance. The dance sequences went into a great deal of detail which didnt ...more
Jul 30, 2013 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
Este livro foi adquirido na expectativa de um romance que me relembrasse algo em A Sombra do Vento, devido à sua sinopse e ao que me pareceu por algumas partes lidas antes de o comprar. Não gostando de romances muito modernos, ou seja, ambientados nos dias de hoje (com excepção de alguns que já li e que gostei bastante, como Um Dia), agradou-me o facto de este se passar em parte nos anos de 1930, durante a Guerra Civil Espanhola e parte do regime de Franco. Não é a primeira vez que leio história ...more
Oct 14, 2009 Nely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
The Return feels as if it’s almost told in two parts. In the present day you meet Sonia. She’s a middle-aged woman who is having relationship issues and is facing some tough decisions when it comes to her marriage. She is visiting Spain with a friend and they decide to take some dancing classes to celebrate her friend’s birthday.

While on her trip she meets an elderly waiter at a cafe who tells her the story of the Ramirez family and the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. Pablo and Concha Ramirez ru
Jun 28, 2011 Ruthy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, myown
"Nas ruas calcetadas de Granada ecoam música e segredos. Sónia Cameron não sabe nada sobre o passado chocante da cidade; ela está lá para dançar. Mas num café sossegado, uma conversa casual e uma colecção intrigante de fotografias antigas despertam a sua atenção para a história extraordinária da devastadora Guerra Civil Espanhola.

Setenta anos antes, o café era a casa da unida família Ramirez. Em 1936, um golpe militar liderado por Franco destrói a frágil paz do país, e no coração de Granada a fa
Rachael Eliz
Oct 01, 2011 Rachael Eliz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is about a woman called Sonia who travels to Spain to dance and learns of the history of the place that she is staying – more specifically, of the civil war.

I loved the musical element...

"She recognized the music. It was one of the tracks that they had danced to that afternoon and the familiarity of its rhythm gave her confidence. It was neither too slow, nor too fast. The five minutes that followed were intimate, energetic, enlivening and physical. Almost immediately she felt the welco
Nov 12, 2013 Deane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read most of this book on Remembrance Day so that sadness of the day was magnified by the book which takes place during the Civil War in Spain just prior to WWII. Over half a million people died in that war alone and thousands and thousands suffered so terribly under the Franco regime. As I settled down to sleep in my comfortable bed in my warm house, I tried to imagine the horror of being among the refugees leaving their devastated homes with just what they could carry, no food and children c ...more
Sonia visits Granada to celebrate a friend's birthday with a dance class. Unfamiliar with the city's past and the brutality under Franco's regime, a chance encounter at a neighborhood cafe introduces Sonia to the brave and complex story of the Rodriguez family's suffering and survival through the Spanish civil war.

Seventy years earlier, Concha and Pablo owned and managed the same cafe with no notion of the danger and pain that would soon visit their family. Their eldest son, Antonio, is
O Regresso é o segundo livro que leio de Victoria Hislop e não me desiludiu. Apesar de ter gostado mais do primeiro, este conseguiu cativar-me o suficiente para lhe atribuir a mesma pontuação.
Este livro leva-nos numa viagem a uma Espanha marcada pela Guerra Civil e envolve-nos na história de uma família que vive de perto as consequências e as injustiças desta guerra.

O livro inicia-se com a história de Sonia, uma mulher que passa por alguns problemas no seu casamento e onde uma das suas poucas al
The Return is a beautiful novel of the Spanish Civil War, infused with dance and relationships, the sound of castanets and guitar contrasted with gunfire and screams. As with her previous novel, The Island, Victoria Hislop surrounds the story with a tale of modern womanhood in search of identity. This time a woman is questioning her marriage, finding unexpected solace in dance classes, and wondering at the incongruity of an independent woman enjoying the apparent subservience of being “led” arou ...more
Feb 17, 2011 LindyLouMac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first part of this novel certainly does not prepare you for the later intensity as suddenly the story takes on a complete change of tone and direction when we are transported back to the Granada of the nineteen thirties. It is a gentle start as this first part is set mainly in modern day Granada with Sonia and Maggie. Two fans of salsa from the UK where they take regular classes, the young women spend a few days in Granada taking dance lessons as a birthday treat for one of them. While there ...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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“They wound their way through a labyrinth of streets, partly following their noses, partly the orientation of the map. Jardines, Mirasol, Cruz, Puentezuelas, Capuchinas...
Each word held its magic. They were like brushstrokes painting the landscape of the city, each one helping to build up a picture of the whole.”
“Dance halls were where young men and women conducted their courtships, and most had one clear objective: to find a spouse. Mercedes was an exception. The last thing on her mind was to find a soulmate.... When she went out on a Friday and Saturday night she had no desire for anything beyond the life-enhancing thrill of the dance.” 4 likes
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