Book Review: Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop


This sample of Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop is a short, sweet reminder that there is more to life than ‘this’. Ellie is unhappy with her job, her surroundings, and her current circumstances. Her sense of weariness is heightened when she starts receiving postcards from Greece, addressed to someone she doesn’t know, and only signed ‘A’. This anonymity gives Cartes Postales from Greece an air of isolation, as much as it does mystery – an allure that can only  be settled by travelling.

Ellie decides to travel to Greece, a country she’s only seen in pictures and read about in small fragments. On her way out of the door, she comes across a notebook sent from ‘A’, but she savors the big read until she has arrived at her destination. When in Greece, she reads the small blue book, consuming fleeting stories about its inhabitants. Both stories, ‘Never On A Tuesday’ and ‘Lead Us Not Into Temptation’ included in this teaser deliver fleeting parables that are wonderfully enduring. Touching on topics of love, betrayal, and coming-of-age, there are lessons to be learned for Ellie and the reader alike.

Despite reading the sample of Cartes Postales from Greece in less than an hour, it has been one of this year’s reading highlights for me. What makes Victoria Hislop’s work so charming is the beautiful visuals that accompany her descriptiveness.  The pictures of Greece are bursting with colour, and with no captions or people present, they capture a flawless experience of the Cretan lifestyle. Cartes Postales from Greece will leave your imagination emblazoned, and your feet extremely itchy.