Amanda Hodgkinson: 22 Britannia Road



Ouple and there infant son are separated when Poland is invaded by German forces and must go to war to keep their country Janusz the father is reuired to enlist in the army and leaves his new wife Silvana and son Aurek behind in Warsaw Almost as soon as they couple are separated they are affected by the war Janusz s train suffers some sort of attack on the way out of the city and miraculously survives Silvana s apartment is inhabited by a German soldier who rapes her and offers protection if she gets rid of her child and stays on as his maidSilvana manages to get out of the city and survives for several ears in the forest sometimes with groups of people and at other times it is just her and Aurek During the same period Janusz lives alone for some time is a small cabin until two other soldiers who have defected come across his cabin and warn him that enemy troops are near Then ensues a long process of getting out of Poland through several underground meansWhile Janusz and Silvana are doing there best to survive the war they both suffer immensely and do things they would not have otherwise done This book to me was not just about survival and putting a family back together when Our Island Guide you have made it to the other side but also about findingourself and coming to terms with the atrocities of war This book touches on some pretty tough topics but it is most definitely a worthy read Silvana and seven ear old Aurek are reunited with Janusz her husband after World War II He has settled in England after the war and his family was found in a refugee camp Silvana and Janusz have been through separate terrible wartime experiences when Poland was invaded by both German and Russian soldiers Janusz traveled to safe houses to finally get to England Silvana and Aurek lived in the forests of Poland and Aurek has only known a wild existence Their adjustment is difficult and the secrets of those wartime ears are slowly revealed as the story unfoldsI enjoyed the beginning and the end of the book the most with the middle losing a bit of momentum The book makes the reader understand that in wartime people may be forced by circumstances to make uick imperfect decisions This remarkable book chronicles the struggle of a Polish woman to make a new life for herself and her son in England in the aftermath of World War II But her life is crippled by uestions Can she overcome the horrors she has been through to reunite with her husband whom it now seems she barely knows And what really happened during the war Original memorable and heartfelt After reading so much WWII literature for the past few Horn (Horn, years I turned to this novel that tells the story of aoung woman and her son who spend much of the war in hiding in the forests in Poland The book starts where she has been located in a British resettlement camp and will shortly be reunited with her husband who she hasn t seen for six تعلم jQuery فى 120 دقيقة years This is the story about the damage done to each of these people and how they struggle to move forward in the world recovering from war I thought the book was very well done. Termined to forget his ghosts has rented a little house at 22 Britannia Road But afterears spent hiding in the forests of Poland Aurek is wild almost feral And for Silvana who cannot escape the painful memory of a shattering wartime act forgetting is not a possibilit.

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And how difficult it must have been to go back to normalcy after everything had changed and how much each person would have changed It made me Damian (The Caine Brothers yearn for a romantic story to come out of this novel and this one was slow growing and didn t fulfil what I had anticipatedI wanted of a spark to Janusz and Silvana s relationship from the beginning which might have made the rest of the novel believable A sense of duty brought them back together but there wasn t anything there to hold onto and I found it difficult to root for their relationship Janusz had spark with Helene and their relationship seemed much believable while Silvana was cold and emotionless most of the timeNone of Silvana s interpersonal relationships carried any depth nor did they seem real to me and I found her character to be contradictory She s a survivor and is like a big momma bear with her son but then she lets Janusz tell her how to get on with things and what to do I expected she would have stood up for herself a bit I do realize the time they were living in but after her experiences I thought she would have spark when the war ended but maybe she was just happy to let someone else lead The is especially evident where her son is concerned but she pretty much lets Janusz do whatever he pleased which surprised me after the lengths she went to keep her son safe I really wanted shown of the boy and his feral ways How he was suddenly shipped off to school after three months back to normal in a different country in a different language when he would never have been to school before surprised me I wanted to see from his perspective rather than him simply running away from school I wanted to see his integration as well as of Silvana s and had hoped for hereThere were a few tender scenes that I did appreciate but they came so late that I couldn t really grow excited about them Ultimately this novel fell short for me and I was disappointed that what could have been a fantastic plot was dragged down by wooden unrelatable characters 199 on I thought this was a powerful debut by Hodgkinson I enjoyed reading about the struggles of Polish refugees during and after WWII It moved at a good pace and kept me interested This is a wonderful book about a couple who survive the war when the Germans take Poland during WWII The story describes each struggle because the war separates them and must find their way They try to pull their lives together in England after the war when they are reunited She is made of the thinnest eggshell her toughness a veneer That is the way Janusz describes his wife Silvana as he embraces her the scene is about two thirds through the book and seems to be the first insightful thing he thinks about her I chose this book 22 Britannia Road was most definitely a pleasant surprise for me There are so many books out there relating to WWII and sometimes I think there can possibly be any to contemplate regarding WWII but again this book has proven me wrong The scope of people affected by WWII is hard to grasp but definitely a realityIn this story a newlywed S an astonishing first novel that powerfully chronicles one family's struggle to create a home in the aftermath of warWith World War II finally over Silvana and her sevenear old son Aurek board the ship that will take them to England where Silvana's husband Janusz de.

Audiobook narrated by Robin SachsAt the end of World War II Silvana and her seven Driven by Desire year old son Aurek board a ship that will take them to England where her husband Janusz waits for them As the war escalated he had joined the Polish Army leaving his wife and infant son behind Then Warsaw was bombed and Silvana fled to the forest with Aurek Now he has settled in England He wants nothing than for them to become a proper English family with a normal life in the small house at 22 Britannia Road Hodgkinson s debut novel is beautifully told The war has affected all of them and they each bear secrets that lead to misunderstandings and feelings of distrust How these damaged people struggle to become a family once again forms the central theme of the book I was engaged and interested in the story from beginning to end Hodgkinson divides her chapters by locationtime and by character telling parallel stories Poland during the war England after the war I liked how she used this techniue to slowly reveal to the reader what Silvana and Janusz endured during theirears apart The choices they made carry conseuences they dare not share with one another And et they must find the love they once shared and nurture it for themselves as individuals for their child and for their family Aurek fascinated me When he and Silvana arrive in England he is understandably clingy Janusz knows they lived in the forest for a time but he s not prepared for a son who hoards food and doesn t know how to tie his shoes or even how to sleep in a bed Silvana tells Aurek again and again that they are safe that Janusz is his father and loves him But Aurek learned to be suspicious of men during their time in the forest and he thinks of Janusz as the enemy Robin Sachs does an excellent job narrating the audiobook He has good pacing and clearly differentiated the characters I was never confused about who was speaking or what time frame I was in Ex AS perating Could have been so much The writing was actually decent enough that I could have given it three stars but by the time I got to the end I was tearing my hair out in frustration at what she chose to include and what she chose to leave out of the story I was left with a feeling of pointlessness 25 stars Reviewed at Novel EscapesThe portrayal of World War II in 22 Britannia Road doesn t hold back which I really appreciated but unfortunately I found it came across as emotionally stilted which maybe was the point These were characters hardened by war and had lived through torturous ears apart when the war separated the recently married couple But I still couldn t help wanting I wanted to empathize and root for these characters and their relationship but didn t seem to be able to Unfortunately the idea of this novel was fabulous but the follow through I ultimately found disappointingThe one thing this novel opened my eyes too was just how many couples were displaced during and after the war and how easy it was to pick up and find a new life completely abandoning the old one I can see the appeal based on circumstance. Hodgkinson's portrait of the primal bond between mother and child leaves an indelible impression The New York Times Book ReviewDebuting its first week on the New York Times bestseller list and earning comparisons to Sophie's Choice and Sarah's Key 22 Britannia Road

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Amanda Hodgkinson is an award winning British novelist Her debut novel 22 Britannia Road was an international bestseller an com book of the year 2011 a Goodreads Choice Award Best Historical Fiction nominee and was published in over sixteen languages Spilt Milk is her critically acclaimed second novel published in 2014 Spilt Milk is a refracted version of real life that impossible me