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Het eiland

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  21,298 Ratings  ·  1,686 Reviews
Alexis Fielding staat op het punt een belangrijke beslissing in haar leven te nemen, en daarom wil ze meer weten over het verleden van haar moeder. Het enige wat Sofia kwijt wil, is dat ze haar jeugd doorbracht in een klein dorpje op Kreta voordat ze naar Londen verhuisde. Als Alexis besluit om naar Kreta te reizen, geeft Sofia haar een brief mee voor Fotini, een oude vrie ...more
Published October 2010 by De Boekerij (first published January 1st 2005)
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Tara Verdi
Nov 08, 2007 Tara Verdi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The story line of this book is pretty good... but it is the most poorly written book I've read in awhile. She explains things - emotions, plot lines - to a level where she's beating you over the head with it and every sentence has about three adjectives too many. You'll want to finish it to find out what happens, but her writing style will drive you nuts while you do.
Jul 05, 2007 Fiona rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: crapbooks
I had great hopes that this would be a good book.

But life can be disappointing at times. This was one of the worst written books I have read in a long time. Chunks of unnecessarty exposition, character motivations eplained to the nth degree, dialogue avoided like...well, like it was leprosy.

If you like your characters spoon fed to you, and every meaningful scene ducked (I mean, why didn't we get to see the last evening she and her husband had together? What exactly did they say?), well, this is
Tea Jovanović
Još jedna od meni dražih uredničkih kupovina... Nesvakidašnja knjiga, tema o kojoj ranije ništa nismo znali, a sada zahvaljujući ovoj knjizi i seriji koja je prikazivana prošle godine i mi nešto više znamo o tom periodu iz grčke istorije...
Nažalost, u Srbiji knjiga nije odmah "zaživela" zbog neadekvatnih korica (koje nisu bile moj izbor, promenjene su za drugo izdanje), dok je u Hrvatskoj odmah postala hit... Ono što je meni kao uredniku uvek najdraže jeste to da je priča o njoj kružila od usta
Mar 27, 2010 K rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K by: Ayala
Shelves: bookclub
"You must pay the rent!" the evil villain roared, twirling his diabolical mustache. He was her landlord, and he was an impatient man.

"But I can't pay the rent!" swooned the beautiful, hapless heroine. She was his tenant. Her breathtaking beauty was matched only by her saintliness. She was always being taken advantage of by the wicked people around her, yet she was committed to remaining good.

"You must pay the rent!"
"But I can't pay the rent!"

"I'll pay the rent!" shouted the mysterious stranger.
Lance Greenfield
The background to this story is so well researched that you feel as if it is a truthful account of events surrounding the lives of those suffering from leprosy in Crete during the Second World War, and their families and friends. There is love and tragedy, betrayal and loyalty, deceit and courage.

Thankfully, both medicinal science and the attitude of society to serious illness have made massive advances since those days.

Once you have started reading this book, you will become captivated, and wil
I have mixed feelings about this book.

The primary subject matter of the book was well researched and very interesting and original - that of the fate of Leprosy sufferers in pre-war and wartime Greece. I found this aspect of the book very interesting, the experimental treatments, the descriptions of how they organised their lives on the island and set up a democracy, the emotions surrounding being forcibly taken away from your families and made to live in isolation. I didn't know a lot about le
Niki Lopez
Feb 08, 2008 Niki Lopez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome. I read it on my honeymoon, while I was laying on the beach, and I couldn't put it down. I read the whole thing in two days. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in European history. I learned a ton about leprosy and the stigma associated with the disease. I think we all know a bit about leprosy, but it was really enlightening about the overall topic, especially since it is still an epidemic in many third world countries. The female characters were also very int ...more
I have never written a review or reccomendation before & i wont tell the story line because there are many revews here that have already done that, not to mention the blurb. Instead i will tell you why it s one of my all time favourites (another being Birds Without Wings by Louis de Berniere) & why I recommend it to anyone who will listen, even my husband who also loved it! So anyone who might give it a miss thinking its a chick-lit don't! it does have romance but it's much more than tha ...more
Tara Chevrestt
I enjoyed this novel so much that halfway thru it I ordered Victoria Hislop's next book. The writing style is fantastic. The descriptions are eloquent without being pompous or overdone. The characters are like everyday people, if a bit exagerated. It starts with Alexis, a young woman trying to get to the bottom of her mother's strange and mysterious past while vacationing in Crete. I would like to note here that it is NOT like the "Forgotten Garden" for those of you that are not fond of time jum ...more
Jun 07, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book - partly because the island that the story centers on was the view from our terrace during our honeymoon but also because of the unique topic of the story. It was a quick and enjoyable read though I think was weak in a few ways. As with many novels that combine the past and the present with the past being the focus, the scenes in the present were not as well written and lacked depth and development. I thought Alexis' struggle over her relationship with Ed was totally irrelevan ...more
Beautifully imagined, well-researched and evocatively told, Victoria Hislop’s The Island recreates a leper colony of the 1930s and follows its inmates and neighbors on the Island of Crete through the Second World War to the present day. The theme of searching for identity is well-served as the author follows characters whose identities have been stolen by disease—some losing their physical self-image, others half-destroyed mentally by loss of family and friends. The agony of ostracism, the fear ...more
Ágata Bresil
Mar 28, 2012 Ágata Bresil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that has been on my shelf for some years. My sister gave it to my father and I had gotten to read it twice and abandoned. Today I don't know why I left the reading of those times, because the book is so simple and has a story so incredible, that can hold any reader.

The scenary of this book is the village of Plaka (Greece) and its surroundings, including the island of Spinalonga, in times before and after the Second World War, coming to our time.

Alexis is a young woman of today, wh
Sep 08, 2012 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este foi o segundo livro de Victoria Hislop que li, depois de diversas meninas dos fóruns me terem persuadido a ler, especialmente a Vera Neves, afirmando ser ainda melhor que o A Arca. Mas uma vez tiveram razão. Antes de mais devo congratular a autora pelo seu exaustivao trabalho de pesquisa acerca da lepra. Todos nós já ouvimos falar da lepra, nem que tenha sido, como eu, na catequese e na leitura da Bíblia ou, se recordam do pai de um dos personagens de Braveheart, não me recordo agora o nome ...more
Feb 13, 2013 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved every minute of this book. So beautifully written - I just didn't want it to end. It started quite slowly, but I persevered and once I got into it I just couldn't put it down!

The story is about a girl who wants to find out more about her family history, only to discover under the layers of secrecy from her mother a story of betrayal and pain, accented by so much love of those that held it all together and tried to build a life despite the pitfalls.

The description of the places, both hist
Julie Williams
Sep 17, 2014 Julie Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Island is definitely on my ' best read books ' list. This is a beautifully written story with characters so convincing that I had to keep reminding myself that the book is in fact fiction. The book brought back fond memories of my trip to Crete a few years ago and I regret now not having visited Spinalonga. However if I do go back I will definitely make that boat trip.
Tina Olson
Aug 05, 2012 Tina Olson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprised me. It sat on my reading shelf for three years and I kept rejecting it when I needed a new book. Couldn't put it down once I had started it, though. It intrigued me because I have visited D'arcy Island, near Victoria, which was a leper colony for Vancouver Island.
Jan 22, 2016 Masha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-english
When I first read its reviews, I got a completely wrong impression of this book and was even reluctant to read it, expecting it to be a melodramatic account of a Mediterranean romance. Then a colleague of mine told me she had given it as a reading assignment to her class, so I thought there was more to it than met the eye.

It is not only an intricate family saga of four generations, but also a faithful rendering of life in a rural Cretan community and on the isolated island of Spinalonga from th
Aug 17, 2014 Seamaiden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have watched the Greek series based on the book so I knew what was going on, but still I loved the book. I agree that there are many long descriptions but I don't think they make the book boring. I think they gave life to the book. I heard many people complaining about the author's language. I read the book in Greek but I don't think the English/original version could be bad. I liked the way Greece was described. It was a realistic portrait of Greece. It is obvious Hislop painted her book with ...more
Αυτό που με εντυπωσίασε στο βιβλίο ήταν ότι δε γράφτηκε από τις δικές μας δημοφιλείς συγγραφείς αλλά από μία Βρετανίδα. Και μάλιστα, αναφέρεται όχι απλά στην Ελλάδα, αλλά στα κρητικά και ελληνορθόδοξα ήθη και ιστορία με μια ιδιαίτερη γνώση και ευαισθησία. Έχει, βέβαια, κάποιος την αίσθηση της τουριστικής ξενάγησης αλλά και πάλι αξίζουν συγχαρητήρια στη συγγραφέα για το βάθος της έρευνάς της.
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Philip Lane
Aug 24, 2013 Philip Lane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am afraid I really didn't get along with this book at all. It is fairly easy to read and has some interesting subject matter but I feel it takes a scatter gun approach, putting in a little bit of everything, and failing to hit any target. The book covers 70 years of Cretan history and 4 generations of a family. We get information on leprosy, the way it was treated, medically, socially and officially. Hislop includes a range of incidents that took place on and around Spinalonga, which appear to ...more
Jul 10, 2009 Winifred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel begins in present day London where Alexis is about to go on holiday and to decide on major changes to her life. She’s going to Plaka in Crete, the place where her mother, Sofia, grew up. Her mother refuses to speak about her past but she gives Alexis a letter to give to an old friend, Fortina who will tell her the story.

As she questions her mother’s friend, Alexis uncovers the family secrets and her mother's, her grandmother's, and her great-grandmother's past and their connection with
Jan 29, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
The story is about a young career girl who is headed to Greece with her boyfriend on a vacation, but her mother's family and past is from, but never discussed at home. Being so close to her mother's past Alexis asks her mother for permission to go and find out about her past, she is lead to the small village of Plaka and the village tavern keeper, an old family friend who tells Alexis the story of her family for the past three generations. The rest of the book is about the past. We follow Eleni, ...more
Jun 24, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the idea for this book, I found it really interesting, but I found the story poorly written. Set on a Greek Island, the excuse for the main character to go to the former leper colony was contrived, and didn't make much sense to me. Why her mother would have simply cut off contact with everyone she knew I didn't really understand; I didn't engage with any of the characters as I felt they had little substance behind them. They seemed to be very clear cut; one was 'good' and one was ...more
This was an absorbing and thoroughly enjoyable read. I loved the setting, Crete and the island of Spinalonga, a leper colony until 1957. I didn’t know much about the history of leprosy in more recent times, and found that extremely interesting.

Alexis Fielding has been raised in England and her mother, Sofia, has always been secretive about her past. Alexis travels to Greece where a family friend reveals the history of her great-grandparents and their family. I found the stories of Eleni and Mar
Λίνα Θωμάρεη
Πρέπει να ήταν υπέροχο βιβλίο... αλλά έκανα το λάθος και το διάβασα μετά την σειρά.. αφού με ξέρω γτ τα κάνω αυτά ???
Η σειρά σαφώς ήταν πιο καλή και από το βιβλίο... (για σας που έχετε διαβάσει το βιβλίο το ξέρω ότι μπορεί να διαφωνήσετε μαζί μου και καλά θα κάνετε) απλά δεν παίζει να έχω δει σειρά/ταινία και να διαβάσω μετά το βιβλίο και να μου αρέσει το 2ο καλύτερα από το 1ο....!!!
Sorry Victoria αλλά 2 αστέρια από μένα ... και πολλά είναι :P
Lyn Elliott
Jul 07, 2014 Lyn Elliott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
'A beach read with a heart' was one of the promo lines on the book's cover. It's true that the author writes about emotions of love and loss, but my emotions certainly weren't engaged by the downs and ups of the story, and it does seems to be more downs than ups. None of her characters truly comes alive, characters are bluntly and repetitively described rather than revealed or heard through their own voices in dialogue.
Her writing style is uninspired. And, as others have noted, we didn't need th
Maria Dellis
Just go read it NOW! This book has so many negative reviews. I am very puzzled by that. I watched with my yiayia TO NISI (from Mega). If you haven't read the book. Please go see the series. It's amazing!!!! My favorite series of all time. The story that Victoria Hislop has created is just beautiful and it seems like she has lived those things.
Nov 30, 2015 Dimitrakom3 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Καταπληκτικό βιβλίο και καταπληκτική συγγραφέας.Παρόλο που ηταν 500 σελίδες +/- δεν μπορω να πω οτι με κούρασε.Πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα πλοκή και πολύ ωραίο εξώφυλλο.Είμαι σίγουρη οτι θα περάσουν και αλλα βιβλία απο τα χέρια μου της συγγραφέα..!
Jun 13, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Book. Couldn't put it down. Very interesting story.
I picked this up at the bookstore because: 1) the story takes place in Greece and I've always wanted to visit Greece, 2) the story goes through four familial generations, and 3) the story centers on a disease within the context of a family. So without even starting the book, it already appealed to me based on those three things. The actual reading of "The Island" felt like a beachy Spanish novella without the ridiculous amount of character names that you are required to remember. Although it foc ...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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“Like any collection of family photographs, it was a random selection that told only fragments of a story. The real tale would be revealed by the pictures that were missing or never even taken at all, not the ones that had been so carefully framed or packed away neatly in an envelope.” 8 likes
“After the endless disappointing cups of Nescafé, served as though the tasteless dissolving granules of instant coffee were a delicacy, Alexis felt no cup of coffee had ever tasted as powerful and delicious as this.
It seemed that nobody had the heart to tell the Greeks that Nescafé was no longer a novelty – it was this old-fashioned thick and treacly fluid that everyone, including her, craved.”
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