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Cartes Postales from Greece: The runaway Sunday Times bestseller Hardcover – 22 Sept. 2016
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Hislop has woven colour photographs of the stunning Greek landscape into her narrative. I enjoyed being transported to Greece on Hislop's wings of words and vivid descriptions, Express on Cartes Postales from Greece
When it comes to tales about Greece, Hislop is an undisputed queen - and this is easily her best novel yet, Heat on Cartes Postales from Greece
A lavish love letter to Greece, Sunday Mirror on Cartes Postales from Greece
Hislop's passionate love of the country breathes from every page, Daily Mail on Cartes Postales from Greece
This beautiful novel is illustrated with gorgeous photos to really bring the country to life, Fabulous, Sun on Sunday on Cartes Postales from Greece
A tender love story that will make you wish your own summer holiday wasn't a distant memory, Red online on Cartes Postales from Greece
A beautiful tale of love, struggle and redemption -- Cathy Rentzenbrink, Prima on Cartes Postales from Greece
A discerning fly-on-the-wall view of the country, a heady mix of poetic licence and gravitas. . . Greece works its magic in Hislop's latest ode to the country, The Lady on Cartes Postales from Greece
A tantalising glimpse of a country far removed from the usual tourist resorts and beaches, Mail on Sunday on Cartes Postales from Greece
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I have loved every other book but this one just felt like a collection of plot ideas the author had had but didn't develop into novels. I didn't like the way many of them left unanswered questions and especially the one about the girl going back to her family's village made me actually think there were pages missing.
As mentioned before the formatting for kindle is completely wrong and adds to the frustration of reading. I'm not sure why the Greek words are in a tiny font, it seemed patronising that the reader needed a foreign word highlighting to them.
Total disappointment and not a novel of her usual high standard, in fact not a novel at all.
However, I found this one somewhat disappointing, It's more of a travelogue - interspersed with a series of short stories (which for the most part consisted of tales of Ancient Greece). Although it was interesting - to me, there didn't seem to be any real story line. The ending was somewhat abrupt - almost as though she couldn't wait to finish it!
Thus book is in fact a collection of short stories, apocryphal tales and local legends. Some interesting, others ridiculous. Interspersed with a basic commentary on Greek politics and economy.
Such a shame that she didn’t develop anything into a proper story.
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Kurzum ein Fake, bei dem die Enttäuschung vorprogrammiert ist.
Ellie is living up in North London where life and work are pretty humdrum but many of her days are brightened when week in, week out postcards pop through her letterbox, addressed not to her but to S Ibbotson, and signed “A”. Colourful and varied they chart one person’s progress through the Greek Islands, and they just keep coming. Ellie builds a montage of the bright and colourful images, a tantalising glimpse of the vast and varied beauty of the islands of Greece. Tempted to visit, she finds herself boarding a plane to Athens but just just as she departs, a journal arrives detailing the Greek odyssey of the sender of the eponymous postcards.
More stories follow on from the first, set all around the islands and at different time periods – one tale is of two brothers who are pitched against each other in modern day gladiatorial fashion by their father, each has to build up a hotel and whichever is most successful will inherit their father’s hotel conglomerate. But things do not go smoothly – the story sets the scene for the boom in tourism in the latter half of the 20th Century. Or the salutary story of Pelagia, innocently sweeping and cleaning in her local church, unaware of the effect she has on the (male) congregation.
There is everyday life, past and present, mixed with Greek mythology and mystery. A story about Vyronas – the poet Byron – who also ended up in the country and died in Missolonghi in 1824, leaving a town that “will always be in mourning for its past”….
Man on a MountainTop tells the story of two brothers, the priesthood and Mount Athos (where incidentally women and female animals are banned) a reworked mythological tale of two brothers, evocatively told. We also learn in another tale why some Greeks don’t plan anything of the least importance on a Tuesday (this was the day of the week on which Constantinople, the most significant place in Christendom, fell to the Turks).
The keeper of the diary says “I almost run out of words to describe the beauty of this country“.. a country of extremes, beautiful and monstrous edifices positioned side by side, seemingly beautiful landscapes, rugged terrains and people, who are welcoming and hospitable (for the most part!). This book will certainly boost tourism to the country and help with the economy that so sadly has made headline news over the last fews years, for all the wrong reasons.
The book is a wonderful piece of artistry, the photos are unusual, of mundane situations and often colourfully worked compositions (taken by the very talented Alexandros Kakolyris) and it is just a wonderful item to hold in one’s hand. A delight both in terms of reading and the opportunity to see a place through the eyes of an author.
Sorry I can't give a more positive opinion.
I was disappointed in the ending which seemed to fall a bit flat.