Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafoglou's home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across the sea to an unknown destination in Greece. Soon her life will become entwined with Dimitri's, and with the story of the city itself, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people.
Thessaloniki, 2007. A young Anglo-Greek hears his grandparents' life story for the first time and realises he has a decision to make. For many decades, they have looked after the memories and treasures of the people who were forced to leave. Should he become their next custodian and make this city his home?
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By Kirstine on 21-07-12
Epic and moving story of love ad war
This is a wonderful, epic story set in the historically turbulent first half of the 20th century in Greece. It spans the two World Wars with all the sorrows and uncertainty that war causes. The aftermath of which led to displacement of people who had formerly lived in happily inter-mixed racial/religious groups but following political change are moved about in a variant of ethnic cleansing. There is a lot of historical material, that I found interesting and informative, that is the backdrop to the fictional characters who bring the book to life. They seem so real that I couldn't stop listening to find out what happened to them next. It's a truly moving book carried along by the 'thread' of a love-story interrupted by war and political upheaval read by an excellent narrator.
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By Irene on 02-12-11
I really enjoyed this story,so well written I couldn't put this down. Finished it in two days. Would definately recommend this book and Victoria Hislop is one of my favourite authors,can't wait for her next book. Only negative comment I have is the pronounciation of some of the Greek names and places were not too authentic but didn't take away the magic of this story. Loved it !!
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By Daryl on 13-10-15
A Powerful story
The characters in this story grow up, grow old, grow stronger or weaker against the backdrop of Greece. As I am not overly familiar with this nation's history, I was thrilled that Victoria Hislop chose to tell the story in this way.
What I liked: This story is a story about people. People putting on masks, taking them off, loving, hating, adopting, creating families, letting go. Characters make choices, good and bad, based on the information they had and who they were. Hoslop's choice of Greece, with it's political turmoil, was a wise one. The city of Thesalonica became a character of its own.
What I didn't like: There are a few too many contrivances... nothing glaring, but enough to make me stap back, raise my eyebrows and keep going. I also found the character of Constantinos as too driven and diabolical to be believable. Also, occasionally the narrator would put on this over-dramatic school-teacher voice that drove me crazy! Thankfully, this was rare, but something to be aware of.
Something I wish had been done differently: The blurb on this book talks about the grandson of the main characters deciding whether or not to make Greece his home. This took up so little of the book that they should've just left it alone. It deserved more than the epilogue it received, especially since I was expecting a double-storyline as in Hislop's novel "The Return."
Overall, this book was well worth my time and credit.
By Hilde-Gunn on 15-07-12
Really liked it!
If you could sum up The Thread in three words, what would they be?
Historical, romantic, well-told
What did you like best about this story?
That it was a historical novel and that it was set in a city I knew nothing about. The city itself almost became a character in the book. I also loved the characters in the book and the descripitions of their relatinships to each other.
Have you listened to any of Sandra Duncan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not listened to any of her other performance's, but I liked her as a narrator in this book.
Who was the most memorable character of The Thread and why?
Katerina, because of her importance in the story. But a lot of the other characters were also good. I especially liked Katerina's foster mother.