The enthralling novel from the million-copy bestselling author of THE ISLAND and THE RETURN.
Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafoglou's home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across the sea to an unknown destination in Greece. Soon her life will become entwined with Dimitri's, and with the story of the city itself, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people. Thessaloniki, 2007. A young Anglo-Greek hears his grandparents' life story for the first time and realises he has a decision to make. For many decades, they have looked after the memories and treasures of the people who were forced to leave. Should he become their next custodian and make this city his home?
When Turkish troops force the people of Smyrna from their homes in 1922, a young girl named Katerina becomes separated from her mother amid the chaos. Taken in by a fellow refugee with two daughters of her own, Katerina and her surrogate family make a new life together in the Greek city of Thessaloniki. Katerina soon meets Dimitri, the young son of a wealthy businessman, who is living nearby while his mother remodels their mansion on the sea. The novel takes place over the course of their lifetimes, and tracks the crossing of their paths as they struggle to survive and nurture a love indifferent to dogma and national conflict in a city beleaguered by political, social, and emotional turbulence, including Nazi occupation, Communist backlash, civil war, and poverty. . Hislop (The Island) is a clever storyteller who deftly manages to flesh out Katerina and Dimitri's personal lives, while never abandoning the collective for the sake of the individual 20th-century Greece and her citizens are brought vividly to life. Striking an excellent balance between historicity and impassioned drama, Hislop's newest should not be missed.
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Another great book from Victoria Hislop
I have read The Return and The Island and loved them and fell in love with the places and characters - The Thread was no different. She brings everything to life! You find yourself wanting to visit and googling the history of these places to find out even more...brilliant!
Good, but brilliant if you like this type of book!
The threads which are woven and that connect our friends and family together cannot always be seen or are not immediately identifiable. Memories & remembering to take time to feel & to listen are important.
It took a while to immerse myself in the story and get to know the characters, but I enjoyed reading 'The Thread'. It was historical, has a strong written narrative and the characters are clearly defined and well formed - especially Katerina & Eugenia. But, the character I liked most was Leonidas, this is because he subtly touched the lives of so many people in his short life.
Admittedly, I only read this book as it was selected by my book group as book of the month. 'The Thread' is not a book I would have usually chosen to read. I prefer novels which tend to be more quick in tempo, witty & imaginative to read. However, I have no regrets! I read something otherwise I would not of read and enjoyed it & this is the reason I chose to join a book group! If you read 'The Thread', I hope you enjoy it too?
Yet another thought provoking, challenging read. Having read this book twice, it occurred to me that it is probably a fair reflection of life in Greece now! Thank you Victoria.