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The Thread

Lu par : Sandra Duncan
Durée : 14 h et 20 min
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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?

©2011 Victoria Hislop (P)2011 Headline Digital

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20/09/2018

Disappointing

Being a Greek/American gal and having read the Island and the Return, I was expecting a beautiful story of pain, struggles, longing, life, love... but mostly around historical events. I might now be a historian, however the account of the history between Turks and Greeks in Smyrna is grossly inaccurate. Perhaps using historical notes and books written by Greeks also may help the author with a better overall picture of truest took place. And also to know where to lay faults.
Like I said, I am not a historian but maybe get the stories of those who lost their lives, their families, their homes... to the Turkish barbarians who slaughtered Greek, Assyrian, Pontian and Armenian women; took young Greek boys from their homes and converted them to Turkish soldiers so they can slaughter their own. Burned churches and killed priests that would nurture and teach the Greek languages, couture, religion and ethics in hiding.

Like I said I am not a historian, but this story of a young Greek girl from Smyrna and the stories of those around her was more an account of the atrocities to the Jews than to what happened to Greeks from the fires of Smyrna to the end of WW2. I have nothing against the Jews but that was the story I thought I was going to come into when I picked up this book.
Disappointed that the research done on this book was one sided and inaccurate.
What happened in MicrAsia was the genocide of Christians- all Christians.

I am not taken lightly what happened to the Jews by the Germans, but that is the the story I was expecting this book would focus on primarily.

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  • Daryl
  • 13/10/2015

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.

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  • Hilde-Gunn
  • 15/07/2012

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.

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  • Dorothee
  • 01/08/2018

Best Greek History Book.

Wonderful language, very capturing story. I could not stop listening and learn. Characters are very vivid.

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  • noga
  • 06/01/2016

Beautiful historical Saga

Besutifully written, full of sentiments and reflection while teaching a lot about the history of Greece and Thessaloniki in particular.