- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Headline Review (2 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755379438
- ISBN-13: 978-0755379439
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Far to Go Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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The history of the Kindertransport and one family's desperate struggle to escape Czechoslovakia during the Nazi invasionSee all Product Description
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As the war approaches, the Bauer's life begins to change. Pavel can no longer run his factory and Pepik is forced to face the back wall of his classroom, segregated and bullied. The anti semitism is corrosive and seeps into all aspects of the life in the small town the Bauer's live in. Anneliese wants to leave, although Pavel is keen that they stay. You can feel Pavel's disbelief about what is happening, his unwillingness to accept the way his life is changing, his sudden awareness of his Jewishness. His factory, his feeling of confidence in himself, is slowly stripped away, which is hard to read about. Eventually, the decision is made for Pepik to leave on the Kindertransport, with the hope that he will be safe until they can hopefully be reunited.
This was a very moving book. The author takes pains to show what people are capable of in such situations, which bring out the worst and the best of humanity. Ernst, who works with Pavel, and who sees an opportunity for himself. Marta, who both loves the Bauer's and yet feels jealous and abandoned. Pepik, the small and innocent child, so loved and adored. It must have been the hardest decision to send your child alone into a new world, when the unselfish urge to protect your child is stronger than the desperate need to be with them. This was an excellent novel and really thought provoking. It would be a great read for a book group, with lots to discuss and talk about and I am glad that I read it.
The first of these creative choices can be a little alienating to begin with. The reader is faced with a series of short chapters that don't immediately gel together. In fact the reader has to wait a long time to work out how the whole literary conceit comes together. The one-page prologue is a first person narrative about a train. Is this the "kindertransport" train we are told about on the cover or a child's toy?
Next comes a letter dated 1939 but which has notes that are clearly more recent, as if part of some modern day academic record of the communication. Then we return to the first person narrative, which seems to be set again in the recent past. Who is talking, we are not told, but someone old is dying in a hospital bed. By now, we are some ten pages in before the real bulk of the third person narrative story begins, but Pick has one more layer of confusion to add. We hear about an attack on a Jewish man in Austria before we learn that this is a story being related by Pavel Bauer, a wealthy secular Jew living in the Sudetenland, part of post Great War Czechoslovakia, to Marta the nanny of his young boy on the eve of German occupation. A warning of things to come.Read more ›
I was very lucky to be able to read 'Far to Go' before its release on the 12th May 2011 and I recommend it highly.
The story is told from the point of view of Marta, Pepik's beloved governess, who stands by the Bauer family for different reasons but ultimately she stays because she loves the family. Marta's point of view is full of emotion, there is sadness, happiness, strength and love, emotions that are shown so well that you are immersed in the story from the first page. Marta is a well written and realistic character, she is a young girl, who at times is confused and makes wrong decisions.
Pavel and Anneliese are also well written characters, their fear as people and parents are heartbreaking to read, their frustrations and sadness, what they are facing, what they sacrifice to ensure their son's safety.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thoughtful and griping. A book which gives a real understanding of how Jewish children were sent to England nefore ww2.Published 6 months ago by Debbie Lamont
this is one of the best short novels I have ever read, had it on holiday last year, didn't put it downPublished 20 months ago by vi madden
A interesting tale nothing new added that I didn't already know or had read before
and a few twists that were so obvious the book might as well been written in neon
'Far to go' has received quite a number of very good reviews which is why I bought it. My reading experience wasn't as positive as that. Read morePublished on 11 July 2013 by H. Lacroix
A moving story about a Jewish Czeck family during the war.
Narrated by the family's nanny Marta , it tells the tale of the pre war German occupation of Czechoslovakia , the... Read more
This beautifully written book follows the story of a wealthy secular Jewish family in Czechoslovakia just as the Germans are about to take over the Sudetenland. Read morePublished on 2 April 2013 by Marand