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This review is from: The Road Home (Paperback)
This is the first (but not the last) novel I've read by Rose Tremain. I bought it after reading excellent reviews in a newspaper supplement and wasn't disappointed. The main theme is hugely topical and provides a perceptive and thought-provoking insight into the lives of immigrant east-european workers currently arriving in the UK in search of work. All the characters in the novel are believable and it is easy to empathise with them, especially Lev the protagonist who is realistically drawn. Lev's story is probably not exceptional, but nontheless it is very interesting, humorous and moving: it moved me to tears and laughter in equal parts. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey which had me hooked from the opening page. Highly recommended - an easy but wonderful read.
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Initial post: 6 Jul 2010 09:08:12 BDT
As an East European (whatever that might mean, as for most British Eastern Europe means a vast and very diverse region from Balkans to Baltics) I can say that there is nothing perceptive and thought-provoking in this novel. It is full of stereotypes and inaccuracies. Lev, Marina, Lydia... All Russian names. The village names sound like Lev might be from Ukraine, yet it is not in the EU. Children play with goats in their village? Lev comes from a small village but actually speaks some English before arriving to London??? And he can understand a native Londoner's pronunciation? And learns English so fast that he is able to read Hamlet? I mean come on. The list goes on and on. It could have been a good book but after having read the 1st few lines I knew I am up for a big disappointment. Unfortunately I was right. A poor book by Rose Tremain, she should have done more research before attempting a book like this.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2013 10:56:54 GMT
Terry Carr says:
You still suspended your disbelief long enough to read it... Why?
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