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The Aftermath

Brook, Rhidian (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Aftermath
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Assigned to oversee the reconstruction of Hamburg in the tumultuous year following World War II, Colonel Lewis Morgan grieves the loss of his son while living with his family in the home of a German widower, an arrangement that forces both families to confront their passions and true selves.
Authors: Brook, Rhidian
Title: The aftermath
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2013.
Characteristics: 267 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain by Viking Press, an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd., London"--Title page verso.
Summary: Assigned to oversee the reconstruction of Hamburg in the tumultuous year following World War II, Colonel Lewis Morgan grieves the loss of his son while living with his family in the home of a German widower, an arrangement that forces both families to confront their passions and true selves.
Local Note: 6 15 17 18 53 57 71 102 112 118 133 138 143 148 149 150 151 152 156 188 193 198 210 211 216 226 228 231 243 244 250 262
ISBN: 0307958264
9780307958266
Statement of Responsibility: Rhidian Brook
Subject Headings: Germany History 1945-1955 Fiction. Hamburg (Germany) History 20th century Fiction.
LCCN: 2013016431
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Apr 03, 2014
  • maven rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The premise seemed interesting, but I didn't feel as enthused once I got a few chapters in. I wasn't always convinced of the time period, partly due to the language, and it felt like a lot of heavy-handed telling rather than showing right off the bat. After several tedious conversations, some clunky turns of phrase ("a tiara of sweat?" really?), and a liberal sprinkling of ten-dollar words throughout, I had to bail.

Sep 01, 2013
  • bookwormjeph rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

an excellent read with great insight into the aftermath of WW2 on Germany when it was divided between the British, Americans and Russians.
the novel focuses on a British Colonel and his family sharing a house with a German officer and his daughter and the quietly understated storyline pulls one into the ensuing relationships which are intriguing, sad and ultimately freeing for the people involved. Probably the best novel I have read for a long time.

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