From the author of the number-one New York Times best-selling Little Bee, a spellbinding novel about three unforgettable individuals thrown together by war, love, and their search for belonging in the ever-changing landscape of WWII London.
It's 1939, and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, are mentally disabled, or - like Mary's favorite student, Zachary - have colored skin.
Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself. But Tom finds distraction in Mary, first as her employer and then as their relationship quickly develops in the emotionally charged times. When Mary meets Alastair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle and - while war escalates and bombs begin falling around them - further into a new world unlike any they've ever known.
A sweeping epic with the kind of unforgettable characters, cultural insights, and indelible scenes that made Little Bee so incredible, Chris Cleave's latest novel explores the disenfranchised, the bereaved, the elite, the embattled. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of love, loss, and incredible courage.
©2016 Chris Cleave (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
Glib, blithe, hyper, overwritten, excessively plucky, and idiotic with endless dialogue that felt straight out of a Noel Coward play. What's more, I was extremely uncomfortable with what presented itself as a complex exploration of racism during WWII Britain using a child character. However, to my ears, it just sounded instead like plain and simple racism. Nothing about this story holds up to the reality and the horrors of war. There are so many excellent books about home front life during WWII that it's a shame to waste time with this entry into the genre. To me, this book is only for people who enjoy romanticizing the war years. Can't recommend.
If you can look past the clumsiness of some of the subplots - Alistair's story line isn't too bad and makes sticking through everything else almost worth it.
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
No I haven't
Probably all of the really offensive racist things...which would be like half of the book.
I love WWII Fiction - so this should have been right up my alley, but the author was just trying too desperately to be clever like Kurt Vonnegut or Joseph Heller and failed miserably. In his attempts to handle serious issues such as racism and feminism in a pithy and satirical manner, he just ends up being offensive...kind of like The Tortilla Curtain. I know I'm no Voltaire, and I get the difficulties of satire, but unfortunately I don't think this author gets the subtleties of it. I also didn't really care for some of the characters - Hilda was insufferable and Tom was a complete downer.
Having read All The Light We Cannot See and the Nightingale, this book was a real disappointment to me. The character development wasn't great and the story just didn't cut it for me. I also loved Citizen of London and Nancy Wake's story.
No - I love books about WWII - but there are better ones.
Just felt like the story meandered around and I didn't really feel the passage of time as the war progressed. I know many people enjoyed this book, it just didn't do it for me.
This is a well crafted, lovely story of war, racism, separation, loss and love. For me much of it was ruined by the reader I didn't care for his flat tone or the way he voiced the women.
The characters are all quite snarky which I loved. The dialogue was witty and thoughtful. I might read the print version.
The book has moments of brilliance interspersed with monotonous triviality. The characters are written as to be so mundanely human as to remove genuine affection for them. My frank reaction was apathy towards almost every tragedy and triumph they experienced.
The story was good, I liked the characters and it was a perspective on WWII of which I was not familiar. The story was just slow to me, dragged a little ... I never got to where I couldn't put this down.
Alistair Heath was the most developed and interesting
Perhaps. Some readers will be interested in what happens next to Alistair and Mary
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