The Island Paperback – 10 Apr 2006
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It is not very informative in the medical sense, but a lovely story of love - romantic and family love, as well as the love of doctors for their patients and their chosen field. I enjoyed it immensely - both crying and feeling elated by the strength and bravery of the inhabitants of The Island, and those who love them.
What's done is done.
There are some bad reviews about this book. And some really good ones. Don't be put off, it's a great book. Give it a try. I pick a book to read if it seems interesting to me. You can't keep everyone happy all the time. But it's a good author who can keep some people happy some of the time. Maybe one day I'll get to Spinalonga. Not as a patient I hope!!!!
But I do know that I'll be on Spinalonga very soon when I reread this book.
Happy reading everyone. Just keep an open mind and think of yourself in Crete. There are too many experts in this world today. And then again there are the people who know so much more than the experts. Don't listen to them. Make up your own mind.
I didn't get the beginning section - Alexis and her mother (who was stubbornly not saying anything) and I didn't therefore get the end section. And I didn't really care what happened to Alexis and I thought her mother was either a bit selfish or a bit stupid - can't decide which.
I was OK with the main, middle section of the book. I loved Eleni and Georgios and was OK with Maria so I had reason to carry on reading. But, there were sad sections and then some more sad sections and then, just when you think "Oh, thank goodness for that ..." we have another sad section. To be honest, I could not have read this in one or even two hits as it was, to me, a bit depressing (so I interspersed it with a Tiffany Aching treebook by the lovely Terry Pratchett). But, I did finish it.
However, I thought the ending was a bit rushed. Were the beginning bit and the ending tacked on to a perfectly reasonable pre-war/post-war story? And if so, why? I don't feel they added anything to the story at all.
The other thing that I still have not quite worked out is something about the writing. It's not over-written or too simplistic but it's there. It does not really go away. You know in some books you start reading and within a page or two you are in there, in the story, with the characters and not really conscious of reading any more. You are just with the story. You don't get that with this book. All the time I was reading I was conscious that I was reading. Annoying.
It gets 3 stars because of Georgios and his staying power and Eleni. (And something about the olives and the dancing and the brief mentions of the food.)
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