Sunday 3 March 2013

Hislop, Victoria "The Return"

Hislop, Victoria "The Return" - 2008

I loved "The Island" so much that I had to read Victoria Hislop's next book. After this one, I completely fell in love with this writer. She has a way of drawing you into her stories, it's amazing. And she didn't disappoint with this one. "The Return" leads us to another place and another time in history but one that is just as exciting. A young woman discovers not only the terrible history of the Spanish Civil War but also her own. Along with her, the reader is forced to learn more about this awful part of history through this gripping account.

The characters are just as vivid and alive as the whole story, you feel yourself compelled back into that time when brothers fought each other over an ideology. The author also manages to describe Granada so well that you believe you are there with the protagonist of the story. I certainly would love to visit it after having read this book. I am still thinking about it days after having finished it and I am sure I will still think about it for a long, long time. And I definitely want to read Victoria Hislop's next books.

An excellent novel.

From the back cover:

"Beneath the majestic towers of the Alhambra, Granada's cobbled streets resonate with music and secrets. Sonia Cameron knows nothing of the city's shocking past; she is here to dance. But in a quiet café, a chance conversation and an intriguing collection of old photographs draw her into the extraordinary tale of Spain's devastating civil war.

Seventy years earlier, the café is home to the close-knit Ramírez family. In 1936, an army coup led by Franco shatters the country's fragile peace, and in the heart of Granada the family witnesses the worst atrocities of conflict. Divided by politics and tragedy, everyone must take a side, fighting a personal battle as Spain rips itself apart.

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  1. I really enjoyed this one, too! It was very atmospheric and fun, and the Spanish Civil War was something I'd never personally encountered in literature. Definitely interesting.

  2. Marianne, thanks for supporting Books You Loved again. Cheers

  3. I have never read anything by this author. These books certainly sound good. THANKS for sharing.

    Stopping by from Carole's Books You Loved March Edition. I am in that list as #15.

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  4. Thank you for your comments.
    Meg, same here, I love historical novels but this is the first one that described the Spanish Civil War. Did you also read her other book(s)?
    Carole, I love your blog and the opportunity to meet many other bloggers. For any of my friends and followers who are interested, this is the link: Carole's Chatter
    Elizabeth, I am sure you would enjoy this a lot. We seem to have a similar taste.
    Have a wonderful day everyone.