The Aftermath

The Aftermath

Book - 2013
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Hamburg, 1946. Thousands remain displaced in what is now the British Occupied Zone. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the de-Nazification of its defeated people, Colonel Lewis Morgan is requisitioned a fine house on the banks of the Elbe, where he will be joined by his grieving wife, Rachael, and only remaining son, Edmund.

But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his traumatized daughter, to leave their home, Lewis insists that the two families live together. In this charged and claustrophobic atmosphere all must confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

The Aftermath is a stunning novel about our fiercest loyalties, our deepest desires and the transformative power of forgiveness.



Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2013
ISBN: 9780307361042
Branch Call Number: FIC BRO
Characteristics: 326 p. ;,24 cm.

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lilypad_1
Jun 25, 2015

I was drawn to the book since I had not read anything about post war Germany. The challenges that faced England, the US and the Soviet Union must have been daunting much as winning the war was. But this aspect of the story was diluted with weird backstories of feral children and other characters who were not central to the story. Would still like to read a book about the original premise.

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gusmcrae
Mar 02, 2015

I'm not sure that this is totally a solid 3 stars, but I did find this book fairly engaging. Some characters were more interesting than others, which definitely affected how much I was pulled into the reading--some chapters flew by and some dragged.

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EmilyEm
Oct 30, 2014

A British major with the Occupation in Hamburg in the aftermath of WW II allows the widowed owner and his daughter to lodge with them when their home is requisitioned for his family's use. All have been touched by the war's bombings-the German Luberts have lost wife and mother and the British Morgans their oldest son. The story is based on a real events in Brook's family and, of course, in this time. The characters are too good or two bad in some cases, but not so different than real life. The feral children add an element of humor. The author's also written a screenplay for Ridley Scott; you can easily see the bones of a movie. Good summer reading.

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maven
Apr 03, 2014

The premise seemed interesting, but I didn't feel as enthused once I got a few chapters in. I wasn't always convinced of the time period, partly due to the language, and it felt like a lot of heavy-handed telling rather than showing right off the bat. After several tedious conversations, some clunky turns of phrase ("a tiara of sweat?" really?), and a liberal sprinkling of ten-dollar words throughout, I had to bail.

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bookwormjeph
Sep 01, 2013

an excellent read with great insight into the aftermath of WW2 on Germany when it was divided between the British, Americans and Russians.
the novel focuses on a British Colonel and his family sharing a house with a German officer and his daughter and the quietly understated storyline pulls one into the ensuing relationships which are intriguing, sad and ultimately freeing for the people involved. Probably the best novel I have read for a long time.

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