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The Return

September 12, 2013

In mythical story structure The Return is the focus of the third act. It is also the title of the novel which I finished reading on my return flight from Western Crete on Tuesday night. A flight both delayed and rerouted due to strikes by French air traffic control so it was the early hours of Wednesday morning before I crossed the threshold of my own home.
In such stories the hero/heroine returns with the elixir. In my case that must be a knowledge of the work of Victoria Hislop.
Followers of this blog will know from previous holidays that I enjoy reading books in their setting. Last time I was in Crete I read Zorba the Greek. This time I boarded my flight with a copy of ‘The Last Dance and other stories’ by Victoria Hislop.
The first book which caught my eye on the hotel’s book swap shelves was ‘The Island’ which I throughly enjoyed. This occupied my time for the first half of the week.
Nothing else grabbed me when I returned it to the bookshelf so I decided to catch the bus into Rethymnon. Not an easy task as the local bus service into the town was ‘flexible’. The return journey was even more haphazzard.
The decision of whether to drop passengers off at Gerani or not was literally ‘at the driver’s discretion.’ But I digress.
In the old town I scoured the shelves of each of the three bookshops which were dominated by Victoria Hislop’s work and ended up buying ‘The Return’.
The backdrop reminded me of the desolate, barren landscape which I observed while hitch-hiking from Bordeaux to Madrid and back many moons ago in my late teens. Having read the novel I am glad and thankful that I was not travelling those roads during the time of the Spanish Civil war.
Reading ‘The Return’ completed the set for me as I had previously read ‘The Thread’ which takes place around Thessaloniki in Northern Greece, an area which I have yet to visit.
Upon my return I opened a newsletter from Avril Joy to discover that one of her short stories has been chosen for inclusion in an anthology of women’s short fiction which has been selected by Victoria Hislop. Congratulation’s to Avril whose post about the anthology ‘The Story- Love, Loss & the Lives of Women’ can be found at http://www.avriljoy.com
The collection is available in three e-books details of which can be found on http://www/victoriahislop.com

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  1. JEANNIE BISHOP permalink

    glad you enjoyed Crete…and the book, I enjoyed it too! best wishes Jeannie

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