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R A Lewis

 
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The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore
The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Disillusion, 30 April 2012
This is the sequel to "The Siege", and is almost obligatory reading after reading that book by Helen Dunmore, which describes the desperate measures taken by a family in order to survive the Siege of Leningrad.
Throughout the first book, the characters are strengthened in their determination to survive by the certain belief that "things will be better" after the Russians have won the war. There would be no more need for spying, neighbour on neighbour; people would not disappear off the streets; life would be altogether different - people could be happy, and free!
This, of course, does not come about, and the book describes graphically the way in which people are merely pawns to be… Read more
The Siege by Helen Dunmore
The Siege by Helen Dunmore
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling Reality, 30 April 2012
We can read the history books in order to learn the facts - about who or what was being besieged, when and why. We can even read about some of the horrible things which happened to the people who suffered. This book tells the story of a family trying to survive a winter which was even colder than the norm in Leningrad during the Second World War, with the German Army to one side, and Stalin's policy of non-evacuation on the other, made easy to enforce due to the terrain and the frozen lake which bounded the eastern part of the city.
People starved to death, and most of us are aware that some people, in desperation, resorted to eating human flesh. There was an early Charlie Chaplin… Read more
Priest in the Pyrenees by David Lewis
Priest in the Pyrenees by David Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Priest in the Pyrenees, 17 April 2012
This is an account of the author's solitary walk across the Pyrenees, starting from St. Jean-de-Luz on the Atlantic coast, and finishing, six weeks later, at Banyuls on the shore of the Mediterranean.

The book should appeal not only to those who are interested in travel literature, particularly in marathon walks; the author brings in several strands to his narrative, e.g., the history of the places through which he passes, from the Napoleonic struggles to the west, to the Cathars in the eastern part of the Pyrenees. He touches on the Tour de France, describes the places where he stayed, the people he met along the way.

It is a very human account of the journey,… Read more

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