The German Boy

The German Boy A moving inter war family saga The German Boy from Patricia Wastvedt the Orange Prize Longlisted author of The River In Elisabeth Mander s German nephew comes to stay Stefan Landau her dead s

  • Title: The German Boy
  • Author: Tricia Wastvedt Patricia Wastvedt
  • ISBN: 9780670919420
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Paperback
  • A moving, inter war family saga The German Boy from Patricia Wastvedt, the Orange Prize Longlisted author of The River In 1947, Elisabeth Mander s German nephew comes to stay Stefan Landau, her dead sister s teenage son, whom she hates and loves before she s even set eyes on him Orphaned by the war and traumatised by the last, vicious battles of the Hitler Youth, StefanA moving, inter war family saga The German Boy from Patricia Wastvedt, the Orange Prize Longlisted author of The River In 1947, Elisabeth Mander s German nephew comes to stay Stefan Landau, her dead sister s teenage son, whom she hates and loves before she s even set eyes on him Orphaned by the war and traumatised by the last, vicious battles of the Hitler Youth, Stefan brings with him to England only a few meagre possessions Among them a portrait of a girl with long copper hair by a young painter called Michael Ross and with it the memory, both painful and precious, of her life and that time between the wars Spanning decades and generations, The German Boy tells the moving story of two families entangled by love and friendship, divided by prejudice and war, and of a brief encounter between a woman and a man that touched each of their lives forever An absorbing literary saga a sophisticated and subtly woven story Daily Mail Hypnotic, atmospheric and exquisitely written A novel I won t forget Lucinda Riley, author of Hothouse Flower A love story at its centre which will make your heart ache Julia Green, author of Blue Moon A heart rending story of epic proportions, thrilling and utterly captivating I am haunted by it still Suzannah Dunn, author of The Confession of Katherine Howard Born in 1954, Patricia Wastvedt grew up in Blackheath, south London, and spent her summers in Kent She has a degree in Creative Arts and an MA in Creative Writing, and her first novel, The River, written in her late forties, was long listed for the Orange Prize She teaches at Bath Spa University, and is also a manuscript editor She lives and writes in a cottage in Somerset.

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    1. Dear Reader, well,This should be a Booker Prize level 5 star book isn't and you'll want to scream at a missed opportunityor may not get to the end.The story of two sister in rivalry over a Jewish lover is terrific and that alone would have made this a great read. There are points when it is utterly gripping ( the race over the sands)and we are so engaged with our two sisters. The parts in Germany are also very well done.It is beautifully written, way above average and the writer has a great gift [...]

    2. The story begins with the German boy.He arrives in Britain, an orphan clad in a tattered Hitler Youth uniform, terribly traumatised by what he has seen and what he has had to do to survive.His mother had been English, and his German father had risen high in the Nazi party.Now he is to live with his Aunt Elizabeth and her family.The opening pictures paint pictures of Stefan’s arrival, and his new family’s reaction. It is very well done, beautifully written and picking up just the right detail [...]

    3. This is not so much about the German boy as a story about his mother, her sister and the man who complicates things.Set in the years between the two world wars there are familiar themes in particular with the prejudice shown towards the Jewish artist. In those days it was not uncommon for people to have ideas we would find shocking and intolerable now. Such is progress.With the premise that the story is about this boy, sent to live with his aunt's family in the aftermath of World War II it is so [...]

    4. Читала я книгу и вспоминала анекдот - "Мыши плакали, кололись, но продолжали жрать кактус. Сама не знаю, почему я дочитала ее, наверное сработал рефлекс "Любая книга в чем-то хороша". Интриги я не обнаружила, там с второй главы было понятно, что это типичный английский любоффны [...]

    5. The story was a good onebut the ending could have been strongerd I wish the author had chosen to focus more on Stefan rather than the earlier generations of the family, but it was still an okay read

    6. The German Boy was a beautiful novel. It started off quite slow but, and the ending did irritate me a little. But all in all I did enjoy it.

    7. I was conflicted by this novel. I don't mind so much that it's not really about the titular character, but after all of the build up and tension, it felt that it came to an abrupt - and dissatisfying - conclusion. In terms of strengths, I felt that most of the characters were beautifully drawn. They were complex, flawed and fleshed out. They were all so sad; melancholy wove them together as much as lies kept them apart. The settings were rich and visual, and the time period was almost tactile, s [...]

    8. I only gave it a 2/5 for a number of reasons. I felt their was hardly any plotline and, if I was frank, by the end I didn't care what happened to any of the characters. The story went back and forward in time, the earliest being 1927 and the latest 1947, that's a WHOLE 20 years of story. The majority of the 1920's in the story was backstory, which was interesting in one aspect as we got to know the character a bit more, but did we really need to know about Lydia in 1881? Personally I found it ir [...]

    9. The problem with long drawn-out sagas is that they must be brought to a satisfactory conclusion. A German Boy wasn't.After sorting out who was who in the opening pages, the story caught hold and kept you gripped until the conclusion. As befits a 20s - 40s set saga, it was written in an old fashioned style, rather like the novels of RD Delderfield all those years ago. This was exactly the right style of prose to use and it made for an enthralling read. There was a hint of sadness on every page an [...]

    10. Such a disappointment, here I was expecting a story that was largely about Stefan Landau, The German Boy of the title, when what I actually got was largely the story of Michael Ross and the two women, sisters Elizabeth and Karen, with whom his life became so entwined. Concentrating on life between the wars and beyond, potentially this was a very good novel, the passages about the events leading up Kristallnacht (Night Of Broken Glass) being beautifully written and so poignant, it was just a sham [...]

    11. While I read this quickly, and found most of it interesting, the ending was VERY unsatisfactory (so many things left unresolved), and, as other reviewers have pointed out, it really wasn't about the German boy at all. It was also a little bit plotless and meandering, as we jump from one character's life to another, as well as forward and back in time. It was written well however, and the characters well-drawn - all except for Karen, who I found changed too drastically from a very independent, bo [...]

    12. I understand why people would come to hate this book, it's not for everyone. It has flashbacks within flashbacks. I didn't expect a lot from this book. I picked it up in a bookstore because oh pretty cover! What I did expect though, is that the book would focus on "the Germany boy" at least half of the book. But, oh wellI might, or might not review this. Depending on my feelings, which is currently messed up because of this book.

    13. "The gentle characters of Eddie Saunders and dependable, kind George Manders in their English coastal setting contrast beautifully with the intoxicating, decadent backdrop of pre-war Germany in which our protagonists soon find themselves embroiled."(Excerpt from full review of The German Boy at For Books' Sake)

    14. This was a difficult book to get into but persistence paid off. It is an excellent story badly edited. You are lead to believe that you are working through years in the first part of the twentieth century by dated chapter heading but then the story is all over the place and the years at the start of the chapters would have been better left off.I loved the last 150 pages once I had got used to the disorganisation.

    15. I loved this book for so many reasons: 1) The author arrived at writing/publication in her forties! 2) The story portrays rather surreal connections and interconnections between characters, talismans (for lack of a better word), time/place, and relationships. The story is engrossing, the language poetic and stunningly beautiful in places, and the embedded historical references from daily life in war--to major movements, is wonderful.

    16. This book stayed with me for so long after I read it. It was so intricately weaved and even though there were a lot of people to keep up with and remember, I loved every single one of the characters for different reasons. I think this will be one I'll need to re-read again in the future. Highly reccomended, particularly if you like books about WWI & II.

    17. The emotional story of a British woman who adopts her German nephew in 1947 deals as much with the consequences for a family split by national loyalties as it illustrates the difficulties between the two sisters long before the war. Added intriguing historic details make this also a rather informative read.Tessa H

    18. If only I could have given 2.5 stars. It was beautifully written, with a nice plot but something about it really didn't capture me til around the last third of the book which is a long time to wait to enjoy a story. The book really lost its third star on the ending where the book simply petered out and none of the disparate plot lines really seemed to come together.

    19. This was ok, but there were far too many contrived, out-of-character, Hardyesque moments in order to create tragic situations, where in fact none were needed. The situation Stefan found himself in was tragic enough without having to - for instance - imagine him wandering around London with a rifle, happening to bump into his bête noire and then shooting him

    20. I absolutely loved this book! I really liked the style of writing, the images that Patricia Wastvedt created. She has become one of my favourite authors, and I wished she has written more books. I really felt for the characters and the love story tore at my heart. I will definitely get her first novel, 'The River'.

    21. Having grown up English but with a German Grandad, I found this book interesting. I enjoyed the story but got a little confused in places. I felt like the story was more about the two sisters. I also couldn't work out what had happened to Michael at the end.

    22. Very mixed feelings about this book. Parts of it had me gripped other parts seemed a waste of time. A character would appear, and then after lots of detail and background would just disappear again. A frustrating book.

    23. A good start with twists and turns throughout the story. I felt that the author left a few loose ends at the end.On second reading, I think a better title for the book would be The Jewish Artist as he runs through the whole of the book.

    24. This was an engrossing sweeping story with vivid characters and one or two very unpleasant ones. One particular female character I don't think I've ever felt such hate for. Brilliantly written. A great read and one I just couldn't put down. Highly recommend.

    25. Not much about the German boy! This story started in 1947 for a short while and then went back to 1927. Returned to 1947 for a short while at the end. It was OK but I felt the ending could have been better.

    26. September 20th, 2k11 - started this one last night - a few pages in. So far, so good.Oct 13th, 2k11 - finished up last night.An enjoyable yarn. I liked the plotting and how everything came full circle at the end.

    27. Incredibly good book starts in 1947 and goes back to the early 20s to fill in the story. Many books are quite predictable but this one wasn't at all, the story is full of unexpected twists and turns, keeps you enthralled till the end. One of the best books I've read in a long time.

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