The german boy book review

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the german boy book review

The German Boy by Patricia Wastvedt – review | Books | The Guardian

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RECOMMENDED! A Fantastic Book for any WW2 Enthusiast

Start by marking “German Boy: A Child in War” as Want to Read: Among them was a little boy named Wolfgang Samuel, who left his home with his mother and sister and ended up in war-torn Strasbourg before being forced farther west into a disease-ridden refugee camp. Be the first to.

German Boy: A Child in War

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Accomplished author Stephen E. Samuel a lifetime to write. In , at age 10, Samuel left his home in Sagan, Germany, with his mother, Hedy, and younger sister Ingrid as Fluchtling refugees , fleeing to Berlin and then on to Strasburg and finally to the west. They could not have imagined that they would become refugees for six long years. Much of this memoir is tied to how Samuel felt about his mother during their tenure as refugees. Hedy was attractive to men but also very clever. She used her wits and charm, exchanging sex for food for her children.

Thank you! As the Reich begins to collapse in , ten-year-old Samuel, his mother, and his sister flee Germany, making a terrifying and pitiful home for themselves in refugee camps. Eventually the family returns to Strasbourg, where Samuel begins to come to grips with two evils: the Nazi regime that ruled during the war, and the Communist apparat he now has to contend with. Later on his family moves to America, and as we learn in the epilogue Samuel goes on to serve in the US Air Force for three decades. There was a problem adding your email address.

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I n its first 50 pages, The German Boy moves from a train station in to a bohemian gathering in and a courting couple in , introducing characters, dilemmas and snatches of history as it goes. Epic family sagas can be hard to get to grips with, but Wastvedt's atmospheric second novel soon brings three childhood friends into focus. Karen marries a Nazi official and moves to Munich; Elisabeth trains as a nurse and pines for a love she never expressed; Rachel falls for an affable farmer and moves to the wetlands of Kent. Their lives intersect with Rachel's brother Michael, an artist who attracts women and disaster in roughly equal measure. Wastvedt does a decent job of refracting history's big events — the Wall Street Crash, the rise of the Reich, the second world war — through two families' tangled histories, although the chance meetings that pepper her plot feel a little contrived. The result is a readable and dramatic scoot through the first half of the 20th century, trailing wounded lives, ugly secrets and the odd bit of rather lovely writing in its wake. Topics Fiction.

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