Overall Opinions of The Thread by Victoria Hislop

Discuss the July 2013 book of the month "The Thread: A Novel" by Victoria Hislop.
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How do you rate The Thread?

1 star - poor, recommend against reading it
0
No votes
2 stars - fair, okay
1
17%
3 stars - good, recommend it
4
67%
4 stars - excellent, amazing
1
17%
 
Total votes: 6

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Overall Opinions of The Thread by Victoria Hislop

Post by Scott » 03 Jul 2013, 13:46

What do you think of the July 2013 book of the month, The Thread by Victoria Hislop? Would you recommend it to others?
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Post by Jo Ledamun » 14 Jul 2013, 09:24

The threads which are woven and that connect our friends and family together cannot always be seen or are not immediately obvious to others. Memories & remembering to take time to feel & to listen are important.

It took a while to immerse myself in the story and get to know the characters, but I enjoyed reading 'The Thread'. It was historical, has a strong written narrative and the characters are clearly defined and well formed - especially Katerina & Eugenia. But, the character I liked most was Leonidas, this is because he subtly touched the lives of so many people in his life cut short.

Admittedly, I only read this book as it was selected by the group as book of the month. 'The Thread' is not a book I would have usually chosen to read. I prefer novels which tend to be more quick in tempo, witty & imaginative to read. However, I have no regrets! I read something otherwise I would not of read and enjoyed it & this is the reason I chose to join a book group. If you read 'The Thread', I hope you enjoy it too? :D

-- 14 Jul 2013, 10:27 --

P.S: I give 'The Thread' a 3 star rating!

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Post by kelleys4girls » 24 Jul 2013, 14:26

I was a little put off, thinking it was a little more romantic than the books I usually choose. I wound up really enjoying it. It sent me to YouTube to listen to some rebetika, to the dictionary and Wiki for translation of Greek words as well as a summary of the Greek history, and to GoogleEarth for a virtual tour of Thessaloniki. I love a book that tells an incredible story but also feels like a great trip through time and space, a book that leaves you with more than you started. It was reminiscent of my time in England while reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson or my time in Newfoundland while reading Galore by Michael Crummey.

A great read that really took me away. I give it 4 stars because it will remain on my library shelves and likely be revisited.

I read NOS4A2 by Joe Hill also. It was a great read, more the style of what I normally choose, but it was a snack compared to the 4 course meal of The Thread :)

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Post by taryn510 » 29 Jul 2013, 05:16

I would recommend this book. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it was I wasn't too taken with 'The Return' her previous novel. I felt this book was exciting and i was hooked on it for days until it was finished.

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Post by waqas » 07 Sep 2013, 06:01

I was really exciting to read book & at last I read it until it was finished.

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Post by lucyrebecca123 » 24 Sep 2013, 12:54

I'm reading 'The Island' by VH atm and thoroughly enjoying it. :)

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Post by goalpucks » 26 Sep 2013, 19:06

I use a slightly different scale when I rate books:

1 star - hated it and couldn't finish it
2 star - didn't like it but forced myself to finish it
3 star - I finished it and it wasn't painful to do so
4 star - liked it a lot and would recommend it to others but probably a one time read for me
5 star - I loved it and will ultimately end up reading it again

I'd rate The Thread as 3 stars on my scale. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it to anybody, but I enjoyed reading the novel. I felt like I learned some things about history and Greece that I was unaware of. There were a few chapters that ended with enough of a cliff hanger, so to speak, that forced me to continue on to the next chapter without putting the book down. I did find myself rooting for certain characters at times and seriously disliking others. To me, that is an indication of good writing. There was also one specific point in the book that I teared up (no spoiler). I'm happy that I finished the novel and I'm excited for the next book of the month!

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Post by behindblueeyes17 » 19 Nov 2013, 15:15

I actually haven't read the book yet but reading the reviews is making me want to go buy it now!!

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Post by millerlite1968 » 30 Jan 2014, 13:33

This is a extremely instilling novel. One hard to put down. If you enjoyed her novel "The Island" you will certainly will enjoy this one as well.

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Post by readbtwnthelines1 » 19 Feb 2014, 22:18

Hmm. Curiosity thoroughly piqued. Will definitely take a peek into this one.

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Post by katielgorton3 » 31 Mar 2014, 17:38

This book was on my reading list but after these reviews, I'm not so sure it will stay on there.

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Post by PashaRu » 30 Apr 2014, 17:12

katielgorton3 wrote:This book was on my reading list but after these reviews, I'm not so sure it will stay on there.
Yeah, I had the same impression. I think I'll pass.
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Post by kio » 01 May 2014, 12:30

It was good, the story and characters were well-developed, it just didn't fully pique my interest.
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Post by ryancody » 23 May 2014, 06:47

It is very interesting and magnificent story on friendship and love. I have read this book. I love the story..

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Post by Reetikal » 12 Aug 2014, 16:03

Wow reviews are just making me want to go buy it today looks like a read to go for..

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