Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday Salon...

Sunday Salon finds me winding down from a lovely day spent with family and friends.  We celebrated the baptism of our Grand Niece.  She was lovely, her siblings, were very lively today.  Delicious food, good company and lovely weather.  EXCEPT I forgot my camera. So no pics.  I finished reading The Welsh Girl.  

Summary

Set in the stunning landscape of North Wales just after D-Day, Peter Ho Davies's profoundly moving first novel traces the intersection of disparate lives in wartime. When a POW camp is established near her village, seventeen-year-old barmaid Esther Evans finds herself strangely drawn to the camp and its forlorn captives. She is exploring the camp boundary when the astonishing occurs: Karsten, a young German corporal, calls out to her from behind the fence. From that moment on, the two foster a secret relationship that will ultimately put them both at risk. Meanwhile, another foreigner, the German-Jewish interrogator Rotherham, travels to Wales to investigate Britain's most notorious Nazi prisoner, Rudolf Hess. In this richly drawn and thought-provoking work, all will come to question where they belong and where their loyalties lie.

While I find the summary of the book somewhat accurate, it does not mention the evacuees, or the family that surround Esther, or her trials.  I enjoyed this book, because you do know that there must be two sides to a story, well here Ho actually shows us more sides.  A good crossection of "views" of the war and the difficulties everyone must have felt. 

I can't remember who recommended this book, but thank you. 

4 comments:

Nise' said...

I like the sound of this book and will keep my eye out for it.

bermudaonion said...

Sometimes it's fun to forgo all the pictures and just enjoy the moment.

Margaret @ BooksPlease said...

When I read your post about starting to read The Welsh Girl it reminded me that I have a copy and I thought I'd get it out and read it too. But I can't find it! This often happens with me - it's because I get books off the shelves and don't put them back in the right place - it'll be somewhere I haven't checked yet, I expect.

Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed it and I think I'll have to go and look more carefully for the book as it does sound good.

Jenny the Pirate said...

Can't believe you forgot your camera, dear Irene. That would send me into a panic for sure. Congratulations to the family.