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Week after week, the postcards arrive, addressed to a name Ellie does not know, with no return address, each signed with an initial: A.
With their bright skies, blue seas and alluring images of Greece, these cartes postales brighten her life. After six months, to her disappointment, they cease. But the montage she has created on the wall of her flat has cast a spell. She must see this country for herself.
On the morning Ellie leaves for Athens, a notebook arrives. Its pages tell the story of a man’s odyssey through Greece. Moving, surprising and sometimes dark, A‘s tale unfolds with the discovery not only of a culture but also of a desire to live life to the full once more.
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Oh how I loved this novel.
Ellie is not happy with her lot. Her job, her home.. but what she is happy with are the postcards she receives from Greece.
One day on a whim, she books a ticket and looks forward to visiting all the places ‘A’ talks about with passion.
The Postcards are not meant for Ellie, they are posted to S. Ibbotson, who Ellie thinks must have once lived at her flat.
On her way out the door to catch her flight, she discovers a package in her post box and shoving it into her pocket sets off on what is to be a marvellous adventure. When she finally get to open the package she finds that ‘A’ has written in a small blue book.
In it ‘A’ speaks of stories that he has discovered whilst travelling around Greece.
What is so brilliant about Cartes Postales are the pictures accompanying each tale. It is quite possible to imagine oneself in each descriptive tale, and Victoria Hislop has written what I believe to her best work to date.
Unique and distinctive, it is worlds apart from most books of the same ilk.
It is quite emotionally, a tale of love and betrayal. Set in a time of unrest, the reader is taken on a Cretan journey that is not only beautiful but also compelling.
I always look forward to Hislop’s work, she has a knack of writing tales that are absorbing and so vividly and passionately engaging, her books are must for any bookshelf.