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The gripping new novel by Sunday Times number one best seller Victoria Hislop is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship, all of which left deep scars.
Themis is part of a family bitterly divided by politics and, as a young woman, her fury with those who have collaborated with the Nazis drives her to fight for the Communists.
She is eventually imprisoned on the notorious islands of exile, Makronisos and Trikeri, and has to make a life or death decision. She is proud of having fought, but for the rest of her life is haunted by some of her actions. Forty years after the end of the civil war, she finally achieves catharsis.
Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity of Greece's traumatic past and weaves it into the dynamic tale of a woman who is both hero and villain, and her lifelong fight for justice.
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|Durée||16 heures et 26 minutes|
|Date de publication sur Audible.fr||30 mai 2019|
|Type de programme||Livre audio|
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Quelle histoire poignante et dure, à la fois.
Comme souvent pour ses romans, cela se passe en Grèce...
Cette fois c'est l'histoire de Thémis et sa famille, qui commence dans les années 30 à Athènes jusqu'à nos jours.
Elle a 2 frères et 1 soeur.
Ils sont divisés en 2 camps, et se disputent souvent au sujet de la politique.
Puis Thémis quitte sa famille pour combattre pour ses idées.
On découvre les horreurs vécues en Grèce pendant la 2e Guerre Mondiale, puis la guerre civile, les différents putschs.
Quelle oppression ce peuple a vécu, quelles tortures ont subi les opposants aux régimes en places, dictatures et / ou occupation....
Impossible de lâcher ce livre (plus de 1000 pages sur ma Kobo...), j'ai beaucoup appris et ai adoré, pleuré, enragé par tout ce qui est décrit....
Je vous le recommande chaudement
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Well, what a disappointment. It has no heart, just reads like a history documentation with a cliched family at the centre and, surprise surprise! The family has siblings with opposing opinions.
Sounds a bit daft, but the names Ms Hislop has chosen for her characters doesn't help matters. (And I'm speaking as someone who has read loads of spy novels with Russian names without a problem.) Two siblings, one called Themis and one called Thanasis. If you don't know Greek, would you really see one of those names as male and one as female? They are just too similar. It really jarred. I found it all a bit soulless and dull and have had to admit defeat - always disappointing when it's an author I've previously liked.
Beautifully written as always, Victoria Hislop sets and amazing scene of Greek family life, the good and the bad. I love her books and this did not disappoint. Being greedy please don’t leave it so long next time.
My wife, who’d already read the book, persuaded me to keep going, informing me that a story did actually start, after the point I’d reached. I found it a hard slog though to get to the end. Whereas in the two novels of Victoria Hislop’s mentioned above, there was an interesting and dramatic story with some historical facts added to keep the reader’s interest, this novel seemed to me to be a history lesson with the small parts of a story added to try and make it less dry. Perhaps the author took too much of a bite out of the timeline, researched masses of historical facts and had little space left for a story.
The premise is that the lead character, an Athens, Greek grandmother, is visited by grandchildren and offloads her personal history onto them as she has always been seen as just a normal grandmother, but she feels there are things they need to know. She then takes up the rest of the novel recounting her story, or recounting the history of Greece if, like me, that is the way you see the book.
Strangely, and amazingly, as Themis recounts her story, we sometimes get the story from other people’s point of view. Which is, of course, impossible.
I guess, if you are looking for an understanding of the history of Greece, through occupation, dictatorship and civil war then this would be a good way to learn and the story might not get in the way. However, if you have enjoyed, for instance The Sunrise, enjoyed the action of the story, and the fact that you learned something of the history of Cyprus along the way, then this novel would, in my opinion, not be for you.