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The Eagle of Spinalonga: Some people were born to soar, no matter what.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2013
This book starts off ok but then loses itself in the translation. Obviously been translated from Greek to English but doesn't "flow" properly.Also sex scenes don't fit the rest of the book, as though they were put in to pad it out. The Island is a far superior book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2013
Wonderful insight into tragic circumstances. Well written book taking the reader right onto the island of Spinalonga and how the population of the island managed to survive live and die with the dreadful disease of leprosy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2013
I visited Spinalonga in 1990 on an exceptionally hot summers day. Even then I had the shivers as I wondered around The streets and derelict buildings. The bleakness and complete feelings of despair filled me with terror. This book which is partly truth partly fiction, filled me with hope for humanity. It is a harrowing book to read but it is also very uplifting and restored my faith in God.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2013
Some reviewers said that the author lost the plot halfway through. I don't agree. I loved it all. It doesn't have the polish of Victoria Hislop' s 'The Island', but was just as moving and had me in tears on many occasions. It may be that the author didn't have access to the same editorial team as VH, or that possibly the book has been translated from Greek. READ IT. I loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2014
The story was readable enough but the number of errors became increasingly irritating and spoiled it for me. Sadly it's not only in this book; good proof - reading it seems, is becoming a thing of the past. Publishers take note!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2013
This is so poignantly written. The whole story regarding the shunning of the lepers, the standing together of the community, and the war on Crete, makes one realise how lucky we are to live in good times. A truly wonderful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2014
This covers much of the same ground as Victoria Hislop's 'The Island' so expectations were high. Either it was appallingly turned into Kindle format or badly written and edited at the start. Punctuation (or lack of it) fights against ease of reading, tenses seem to change at whim; is it a translation? If so we should be told up front - and Nike needs to find a better translator and editor. An enjoyable but frustrating read. Shame on you Kindle for selling it in this version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2013
I have visited Spinalonga and wanted to know more about the background of the island.
I know this is a work of fiction but it feels like history of the people who were sent there.
Having been there I could see in my minds eye where the poor souls lived and eked out their lives.
This book had me laughing out loud one minute, and eyes full of tears the next and I am of the male gender!
I recommend this book to everyone knowing you will enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2015
I had a certain liking for the central characters and the story they had to tell. BUT I found the writing style simplistic and lacking depth and flow. Some important events were given scant attention. Whilst quite meaningless exchanges between characters cropped up all too often. Despite these criticisms I felt compelled to read to the end. I agree with the thoughts of others that this reads like a translation from the Greek.in
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2014
Moving story of the lepers of Greece dumped on an island off Crete to die. They go through a service for the dead before being exiled to the island. I went to Spinalonga on a day trip in the nineties and saw how it used to be up to 1957 as a leper colony. I had thought that leperosy was an old disease wiped out in Europe hundreds of years ago till I went there so the book touched a nerve in me.
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