The Embroiderer

The Embroiderer

Kathryn Gauci / Dec 14, 2019

The Embroiderer Set against the mosques and minarets of Asia Minor and the ruins of ancient Athens The Embroiderer is a gripping saga of love and loss hope and despair and of the extraordinary courage of women in

  • Title: The Embroiderer
  • Author: Kathryn Gauci
  • ISBN: 9781781322963
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set against the mosques and minarets of Asia Minor and the ruins of ancient Athens, The Embroiderer is a gripping saga of love and loss, hope and despair, and of the extraordinary courage of women in the face of adversity 1822 During one of the bloodiest massacres of The Greek War of Independence, a child is born to a woman of legendary beauty in the Byzantine monasterSet against the mosques and minarets of Asia Minor and the ruins of ancient Athens, The Embroiderer is a gripping saga of love and loss, hope and despair, and of the extraordinary courage of women in the face of adversity 1822 During one of the bloodiest massacres of The Greek War of Independence, a child is born to a woman of legendary beauty in the Byzantine monastery of Nea Moni on the Greek island of Chios The subsequent decades of bitter struggle between Greeks and Turks simmer to a head when the Greek army invades Turkey in 1919 During this time, Dimitra Lamartine arrives in Smyrna and gains fame and fortune as an embroiderer to the elite of Ottoman society However it is her grand daughter, Sophia, who takes the business to great heights only to see their world come crashing down with the outbreak of The Balkan Wars, 1912 13 In 1922, Sophia begins a new life in Athens but the memory of a dire prophecy once told to her grandmother about a girl with flaming red hair begins to haunt her with devastating consequences 1972 Eleni Stephenson is called to the bedside of her dying aunt in Athens In a story that rips her world apart, Eleni discovers the chilling truth behind her family s dark past plunging her into the shadowy world of political intrigue, secret societies and espionage where families and friends are torn apart and where a belief in superstition simmers just below the surface.

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    1. Beginning with an interesting period of history ( the Greek War of Independence) this novel follows the fortunes of a family of women through the years.I enjoyed the historical detail of the novel and found it really interesting and enlightening. The conflict between the Greek and Turkish people was an aspect that I knew very little about, nor was I overly familiar with the role of Greece during the world wars. I would have rated the novel more highly but I found the beginning of the novel quite [...]

    2. If you love historical fiction this is a beautifully written novel. The story is about a Greek family from the middle of the 19th century to the late twentieth century. The Embroiderer covers both world wars and is set against the backdrop of the Greek War of Independence. The novel, from the massacre on Chios through to the end of WWII in Greece, portrays three remarkable women: Dimitra, her granddaughter Sophia and Sophia’s granddauther Eleni.Kathryn Gauci was born in England and lived in At [...]

    3. I adore sagas, big, fat epic stories covering generations of family members across a nice chunk of geography. Even better when said saga is a single book, hefty in your hands, weighty with promises made and promises delivered, without the jolt of a cliffhanger ending requiring me to wait—and purchase—the next installment. Instant gratification, please, and a lot of it. Alas, these wonderful sagas are thin on the ground.But wait…look what I found, purely by a fortuitous happenstance: a marv [...]

    4. I feel very lucky to have been offered the chance to review this book, I absolutely loved it.For the most part the book focuses around Sophia, who came across as a very powerful character who has to deal with so much pain throughout her life… but there’s so much more to the book. It’s covers multiple generations and sometimes you are left with tit bits of information which light is shed onto later in the book. It made this book a fascinating read to say the least.I felt a lot of time went [...]

    5. When I looked at and opened the book, my reaction was ‘It’s a saga. Not the kind of book I normally read’. What a lesson I had. The adage, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, in my case is replaced by, ‘don’t judge a book by its blurb or its publicity’.As I read it, it did everything the best novels should do.Even though the story spreads across much of the nineteenth and three-quarters of the twentieth centuries, the pace does not flag, you keep turning the pages, you’re not [...]

    6. Glittering tapestries are woven throughout the lives of four generations of women in this engrossing novel. (The introduction and historical notes are not to be missed!) In the Prologue, we witness lovely Greek Artemis giving birth to a baby girl in the Monastery of Nea Moni on Chios amidst the horror of the massacre by the Turks. The baby's life is the only one saved. Fast forward to Eleni, a gallery owner in London 1972 who knows little about her ancestors, until she is called frantically to h [...]

    7. Kathryn Gauci's debut novel, 'The Embroiderer' is phenomenal. A story of love, loss, despair, and women's courage in the face of adversity, the characters immediately had my full attention, and continued to pull me in right to the end. Meticulously researched, and a joy to read, this book will appeal to historical fiction lovers who are looking for an exotic setting. I highly recommend this book.

    8. I love historical fiction set in Greece and Asia Minor, and this book was not just a fine specimen in my opinion, but one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read in this genre. If you loved 'Birds Without Wings' by Louis de Bernières, this is unmissable! I was amazed by the intricate detail in the author's descriptions of all different eras and places. I can only imagine the kind of thorough research this feat must have taken. The story was both compelling and enchanting, and I part [...]

    9. James Michener, one of my favorite authors, could have written a tale set in an Ottoman world, for he was fond of complex human identities and even spoke of the Golden Men in his best-selling novel, Hawaii. Kathryn Gauci's The Embroiderer has much of the Golden Men in it - but here though, we should speak of Golden Women. Eleni Stephenson, the first woman we meet, is after all an impressive blend of Greek, French, Russian and English. Meanwhile, her Greek heritage bears an undeniable Ottoman inf [...]

    10. I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Kathryn Gauci which has a breath-taking narrative stretching over two centuries from the Greek War of Independence, the Greco/Turkish war of the 1920s to the Second World War. It would be a tall order for any writer to bring these tumultuous periods into sharp focus and make them clear and entertaining, but it's a massive achievement for a first-time novelist. Gauci succeeds in this by weaving her vast story through the lives of three generations of intri [...]

    11. This is Kathryn Gauci’s début novel – but I would never have known that from the writing and telling of her tale. It occurred to me, instead, that if Tolstoy had been able to produce a historical fiction based on the complex relationships between Greeks and Turks during the final days of the Ottoman Empire, it would have very much resembled The Embroiderer.The action moves smoothly between carefully woven images of Chios, Constantinople, Smyrna and Athens; from the ravages of the Greek War [...]

    12. Ottoman Crete is a special interest of mine so I looked forward to reading this novel expecting to enjoy it. What I'd not expected was to learn so much new information woven into a wonderful story, with harsh realities and beautiful descriptions, that kept me engrossed from start to finish. The only problem was that I read it too greadilly so I need to go back for another read in the future to pick up on even more of the delicate interwoven strands. For now I'm left with a burning need to inhale [...]

    13. This book is an amazing saga through the modern history of Greece and the conflicts suffered by its people, including those with Turkey and Germany. But it's so much more than that. The characters are well developed and very real, I engaged so much with their tale. I am a confirmed Grecophile anyway, but this book just deepened my love. Filled with familiar sights flavours and sensations, I had trouble putting it down. It is a massive read and a little more pricey than most in its genre- but wel [...]

    14. A must read book. Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Easily explained even for the novice reader. I just loved the characters in this book, very well depicted by the author

    15. A wonderful family epic stretching across 150 years in Turkey and Greece. The history was rich with strong female characters notably from the one family across four generations. I'd never read about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and it gave me a much broader understanding of that entire region. The author has done a great job weaving in suspense and drama with a climactic ending.

    16. For those who love a grand family saga, The Embroiderer will more than satisfy your love of the genre. To begin with, we meet Dimitra, a strong, old-fashioned woman who raises strong daughters. Dimitra’s past remains a secret until the very end of this novel but what is depicted before that astonishing finale is more than worth the wait!Dimitra is the talented embroiderer, weaving together Turkish and Greek textile materials into designs that elicit awe in the beholder, all marked with a small [...]

    17. It's 1972, and Eleni is summoned to her dying aunt's bedside in Athens. Her aunt wants to come clean about Eleni's family history and recounts a shocking life, full of secrets, loss, war, betrayal, death, love and espionage.The tale takes us as far back as 1822, during the The Greek War of Independence, and essentially follows one particular family and their efforts to survive the conflicts, keep their business going and stay alive in turbulent times.My understanding of these conflicts is not as [...]

    18. This novel covers a period of Turkish/Greek history I was very hazy about and brings it to life through the story of several generations of women in one particular family. The writing is rich in descriptive detail and the characters are well-drawn and consistent so that I felt involved with them and what they were going through. I got a bit confused at times because there were so many characters but this was partly due to my reading it over a long period of time. Although there are chunks of 'hi [...]

    19. Just finished reading The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci.Read this in 2 reads.It is set in Turkey and Greece from 1822-1975. Prior to reading this book I knew little about the women of this era.The book contains fascinating information about the art of embroidery but also contains details of the harsh realities of war in these times especially on womens lives.I knew little of these areas of the world and enjoyed every page of this interesting, believeable book. June Mercieca.

    20. The Embroiderer by Kathryn Gauci has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Awardchillwithabook"5 Big Stars! This is an excellent book." "Hard to believe it is Kathryn's first. Beautifully written, great storytelling, and obviously well researched. Her setting & characters were exotic and very interesting. I learned a lot. I truly look forward to her next book!"Pauline BarclayFounder of Chill with a Book Awards

    21. Normally I do not read books of this genre, now I wonder why not! I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction by Kathryn Gauchi who enthralled me with this tale of love and loss interwoven through difficult times, full of tension and intrigue. This is the sort of book you'll never want to put down until you turn the last page. What a splendid debut, I can't wait for Kathryn's next.

    22. "The Embroiderer" by Kathryn Gauci has been a marvellous find for me. It is just the kind of historical novel that I like to read. It is highly informative with a lot of political and cultural insights about a theatre of war I knew little about: The Ottoman Empire between 1822 and 1944 with a special focus on Greece and Asia Minor from 1912 onwards. The story is spread out over several generations and illustrates multiple conflicts. An array of well-drawn characters make the wider picture person [...]

    23. What a marvellous treat of a novel. Historically accurate and well researched this book has a wealth of information about a time and place less known about. The kind of book you can dive in and enjoy while learning about history through the character's fate.The novel uses a multitude of locations between Athens and Istanbul and covers a large period of time, too.The many characters serve well to illustrate various perspectives and individual fates, mainly from the Balkan Wars prior to WW1 onward [...]

    24. I have just finished reading 'The Embroiderer' By Kathryn Gauci. It is a MUST READ! I thoroughly enjoyed the intricate story line, based on the lives of a very interesting, but complicated family. The strength, the creativity and the loyalty of some of the women in this book were incredibly inspiring.The book was beautifully written and shone considerable light on the history and barbarism of the Greek war of independence and the subsequent Balkan wars during WW2.I believe this book would make g [...]

    25. Janet'The Embroiderer' is a challenging but fascinating book which grippingly charts the historical struggles between the Greeks and the Turks. It is not dry history though but a story of lives full of passion and intrigue. There is almost a sensory overload as Gauci creates a very strong sense of place and character with fine detail. However, this is related to Sophia's struggles which link the historical narrative. A rewarding and enjoyable novel.

    26. Read this book! Read this book! This is the most wonderfully embroidered story of families with links through generations, and friendship and love. It is set in the Ottoman Empire, and the days of Greek invasions, or attempts to reclaim land, and Turkish changes due to politics. Nazi occupation, and the difficulty and consequence of resistance, people who love, and are generous, people who are selfish.This has been the most wonderful book to read, and I recommend it highly!

    27. I don't know where to start. This book was mentioned in a Facebook group and I downloaded it right away. I read the book in 2 days! My family was from Asia Minor and fled around the same time as as the story takes place. The book is so descriptive and told so beautifully. You picture what it's like to be there. Reading it made me think of what my ancestors went through. This book is a wonderful tribute to them.

    28. Totally a 5 Star read. The gripping storyline combined with a level of detail makes The Embroiderer stand apart from anything I have read over the last 5 years! An extraordinary debut for Kathryn Gauci! Whether a reader with a link/interest in Greek history or simply one that wants a strong storyline with complex character development, this novel is sure to impress.

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