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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story of WW2 and post-war India, 24 April 2013
This review is from: Motherland (Hardcover)
British author and screenwriter William Nicholson's new novel, "Motherland" is, in part, peopled with characters he's included in previous novels. This novel, which takes place - mainly in the WW2 era England and post-war/independent India - begins and ends with a modern setting, which establishes some of the characters and their places in the story. By the way, "Motherland" seems to refer to the British Empire.

For me as an Amazon reviewer, the hardest reviews to write are the 3 star reviews. At Amazon, 3 stars are lumped in with "negative" ratings, but they really shouldn't be. It's fairly easy to write a 4 or 5 star review; basically you either liked the book or really liked the book. One and 2 star reviews are equally easy to write; just explain the reasons you hated a book or why you really hated a book. Three stars, on the other hand, mean a mixed bag. I wish Amazon would view three stars as "neutral"; neither good nor bad, and possibly appealing to readers, while other readers shouldn't bother with it.

Nicholson's three main characters - one woman and two men - form the ever-popular romantic triangle. As with all love-triangles, there are winners and there are losers. In "Motherland", war-time ATS driver Kitty must choose between two soldier-suitors she meets during her driving duties. The problem is that we have met "Kitty", "Ed", and "Larry" many times before. Oh they may have had different names and been active in different wars, but basically a war-time romantic triangle is just that...a war-time romantic triangle. And although William Nicholson tries hard, his characters just don't step off the page and distinguish themselves in the reader's imagination.

That is not to say "Motherland" is a bad book. It's not. It's just not a rememberable one. The reader of war-time romances which continue into the dull days of the post-war will enjoy this book. He or she might just not remember it in a year.
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Initial post: 9 Jul 2014 08:01:05 BDT
S. Mansi says:
Very helpful review, thank you, Jill. And I agree with you re the star ratings. I often turn to them first, in order to get a more nuanced view of something.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2014 13:54:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jul 2014 13:54:29 BDT
Jill Meyer says:
Thanks, S, for the kind words. And, you know, I had to reread the review because I honestly had NOT remembered this book!
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