Top positive review
A book with many sides - love story, politics, character relationships, displaced people
on 22 August 2016
The Thread follows the lives of several characters in Thessaloniki from 1917 to around 1962. The characters live through famines, wars and displacement. The bonds between them are strong and touching - a book where sometimes the strongest connections are the community rather than blood relatives. Their culture is a central theme, as is politics.
We have Katerina: taken in by Eugenia and brought up with Eugenia's twin daughters. Their neighbours, the Morenos, have a tailor business and Katerina develops a love of and talent for sewing. Also living in the neighbourhood is Dimitri and his mother Olga - they are part of the wealthy elite but are living temporarily in a relatively poor area while their house is rebuilt. Dimitri's socialist / Communist values, heavily influenced by his childhood experiences, are deeply conflicting with those of his father who is sympathetic to the ruling elite.
The love story between Katerina and Dimitri is an important part of the story, as is the experiences of the Moreno family as Jews in WWII and the family conflict between Dimitri, his oppressed but sympathetic mother and his capitalist father.
While it was a lovely story, I was not swept up in it (unlike Victoria Hislop's "The Island") and at times I was plodding through it. A good read rather than a great one, but still very enjoyable.