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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 2005)
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Tara Verdi
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 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: no one
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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...more
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...more
Mar 27, 2010 K rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K by: Ayala
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"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....more
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...more
Niki Lopez
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 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...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
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
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
Tina Olson
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.
Ágata Bresil
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...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
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
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...more
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...more
Philip Lane
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
Faith Mortimer
On reading the synopsis on the back cover, I thought The Island was going to be a fab read. Sadly it did not live up to my expectations.
The intro was a trifle long-winded and a poor reason for getting the storyline started. Once we had the flashback to the previous 1 or 2 generations, the story began to get better and more interesting. The middle was almost riveting in parts and I began to get absorbed into the story better.
However, once things began to change (for the better) for the lepers in...more
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
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
♥ Marlene♥
I am in awe that an author van make from such an interesting subject such a boring read.

I tried i really tried. To be honest I was already bored when we were in the present but I hoped when we got to the island and such and back to the past,it would get better.

This is just not my writing style cause it did not get much better.

Alas not the writer for me.
Wonderful Book. Couldn't put it down. Very interesting story.
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...more
I actually really loved this book. It captivated me and I was enthralled with the characters and their stories. My hesitation in rating it with 5 stars is because of the very beginning and very end. I didn't relate to the characters of Alexis and Sophia. The author either needed to completely remove them from the book or make their chapters/stories stronger. The recap at the end with Alexis and Sophia regrouping and coming to conclusions about the main story could have held more importance if I...more
Sonia Cristina
A minha estreia com esta autora foi com A Ilha. Demorei tanto tempo a convencer-me a ler esta autora e fiz mal, foi um livro muito bonito. Apesar de não ser um 5* para mim, ultrapassou as minhas melhores expetativas e é com mais entusiasmo que lerei os outros 2 livros.

Não sabia o que esperar, mas não esperava conhecer uma ilha de leprosos, que se tornou um lar para aquelas pessoas tão marginalizadas nas décadas de 1940 e 1950 (anos em que se passa o livro). Fiquei emocionada com as histórias de...more
Emily Randall
As much as i enjoyed reading this book i had one or two issues with it that stopped me from becoming absorbed and hooked into the storyline!

My main issue is the narrater aspect of this novel. Despite the fact that Fotini is the main story teller the perspective of the book tends to flit around to so many characters within the story and this technique didnt always result in providing further depth to the story itself.

My other nagging issue is actually about Fotini in present day, she's far too yo...more
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Este era, muito provavelmente, um dos livros que tinha há mais tempo por ler. Sempre chamou a minha atenção, mas por um ou outro motivo, outros livros foram passando à sua frente.

"A Ilha" conta a história de várias gerações de uma família grega, marcada pela tragédia. Mas este livro é também a história da ilha de Spinálonga, perto da costa este de Creta, que serviu de lar a uma colónia de leprosos entre 1903 e 1957. Durante este período, anterior à descoberta da cura da lepra, os doentes infecta...more
I´m glad that I read this book but I confess that I felt disappointed (well , not a disappointment in the "Time Traveller Wife" or "Wicked"´s dimension , but still...) with it given all the praise and hype surrounding it. At the end of the book , I had the impression that this could be a great , no , a GREAT book but it failed because , I think , the plot and characters were written in a somewhat rushed and shallow way. It´s a pity because the backbone of a great story was there. For instance ,...more
Encruzilhadas Literárias
Nem sempre é fácil para um filho ou uma filha repensar a imagem dos seus pais à luz de uma pessoa dita normal. De esquecerem-se que antes de serem seus pais, as pessoas defronte de si já existiam, e que também elas têm memórias resguardadas, colhidas pelo manto da privacidade que em novos reclamamos para nós, mas que nem sempre concedemos a quem nos cria e educa.
Alexis Fieldings compreendeu essa existência, já que o manto que protegia Sofia, a sua mãe, havia-lhe sido vedado e apresentado como to...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...more
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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.” 3 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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