Daughters of the Labyrinth is a novel about a daughter's passionate quest for the truth about what happened to her parents in Crete during the German occupation. It is also a sumptuous and sensuous evocation of Crete itself, its landscape and culture. Ruth Padel's brings a poet's eye to this world of great physical beauty and gnarled legacy
Ruth Padel brings a poet's ear for internal musical pattern, and deep and loving knowledge of the stones, light and colours of Crete, as she winds us into coils within coils of a family's dark history. She combines dramatic storytelling with moving reflectiveness, asking us to think again about whether it is better to remember or to forget?
It's a wonderfully rich and absorbing novel... it tells a compelling story while at the same time deepening our understanding of the complexity of our nature.
The novel is a quest, excavation of the past, of wartime Crete...it is a wonderfully rich and absorbing novel. As is usually the case with the best fiction, it tells a compelling story while at the same time deepening our understanding of the complexity of our nature.