The Last Dance and Other Stories Paperback – 23 May 2013
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'Sweeping, magnificently detailed and ambitious' (The Sunday Times)
'Fast-paced narrative and utterly convincing sense of place' (Guardian)
'Fresh, tenacious and rather intrepid' (Independent)
'This is storytelling at its best and just like a tapestry, when each thread is sewn into place, so emerge the layers and history of relationships past and present' (Sunday Express)
Her best novel yet (Scotsman)
'A brilliant page turner and destined to become a reading group staple, THE THREAD is rich with drama and historical detail' (Glamour)
'Meticulously researched and compellingly told' (Woman & Home)
'An evocative exploration of the past's hold on a family, with an exquisite love story at its centre' (Good Housekeeping)
'A book to lose yourself in' (We Love This Book)
Modern Greek history, from the Nazi occupation to the present-day economic crisis and riots, is integral to many of the stories. The style is limpid, echoed in the simple line drawings that accompany each tale. They slip down like ice cream on a hot day (Independent)
'Intricate, beautifully observed and with a painter's eye for imagery, in these stories Hislop evokes Greece, its people, its customs and traditions with a sensitivity that reveals her deep knowledge of not just the place but also the human condition' ExpressSee all Product Description
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I certainly wasn't disappointed. Each story is totally different to the others. I have enjoyed each one.
Victoria's descriptive writing takes you directly to the room/ café/ street and you can fully get connected with the whole story.
I kept the book in my handbag and was able to have a nice break in the sunshine outside of a café, reading one of the stories.
Therefore I was looking forward to reading this collection but found myself feeling ripped off. A collection of very short stories that are barely stories at all. With the exception of one story that related to lingering tensions from the civil war I though that the book was discarded jottings that were put together to cash in on the author's success. Some of the stories just seemed cynically formulaic.
The story I did like was a good idea and had potential to be really interesting and to uncover how people's past affects their present whilst informing the reader about an interesting period of history. However it seemed rushed and too short to develop the story and characters. This made it feel like it was knocked out to fill space.
I'll think very carefully before bothering with this writer again as she seems to have sold out.
I am not as found of short stories as I am of novels but I was really interested in these.
They all gave little insights to life in Greece and some of them were very poignant.
I especially like The Last Dance which is the last story in the book - it was very sad.
At the end of the book is a section on the inspirations for the stories - I think it is well worth reading - I would recommend reading this first - which is what I did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thoroughly enjoyed it, as I do all Victoria Hislop's stories.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not value for money. Short stories only. A bit disappointingPublished 2 months ago by Kathryn Butterworth
Lovely stories but unfortunately three of them were included in " One Cretan Evening also."Published 3 months ago by Mrs M Kennedy
I love Victoria Hislop's work and this is a lovely book of short stories. I bought two, one for me and one for a friend and she enjoyed it too.Published 3 months ago by Mrs. E. H. Cooper