2 journalers for this copy...
From the Publisher
Against the backdrop of an elegant Cornwall mansion before World War II and a vast continent-spanning canvas during the turbulent war years, this involving story tells of an extraordinary young woman's coming of age, coming to grips with love and sadness, and in every sense of the term, coming home...
In 1935, Judith Dunbar is left behind at a British boarding school when her mother and baby sister go off to join her father in Singapore. At Saint Ursula's, her friendship with Loveday Carey-Lewis sweeps her into the privileged, madcap world of the British aristocracy, teaching her about values, friendship, and wealth. But it will be the drama of war, as it wrenches Judith from those she cares about most, that will teach her about courage...and about love.
Teeming with marvelous, memorable characters in a novel that is a true masterpiece, Coming Home is a book to be savored, reread, and cherished forever.
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Mailing off to conto as a Happy Holidays RABCK for 22 December. Happy reading!
(How I wish I could make such long trips!... I guess I'm missing some hollyday time for traveling!!)
Thanks a lot, arugh48187, for the opportunity to read something from an author I've heard so much about but have never read nothing from!
I'm a bit loaded with rings and rays for the moment, bur I promess to journal it again as soon as I get to read it!
This is one huge book (almost 1000 pages in tight letter print!) and I took my time going through it but it was worth it. It took me back to those Austen's or Waugh's kind of books where one can really feel how it was like to live at the time and in the surroundings discribed... it's all so carefully and minuciously characterised: the colours, the scents, the features and the furnitures, the insides and outsides of every place.
But what I most liked was the second half of the book, during the war. I've read a lot about the IInd World War but usually in a very european or american point of view and this one, though from an english point of view of course, takes us further away to the east and to the effects of the asian war on the english soldiers and famillies.
Also, the day-to-day life in England during the war was, I guess, very well grabbed.
Anyway, I felt sometimes it didn't need all that many words to describe all of it and it got a bit boring at times.
I liked it a lot, though.
Thanks once more, arugh48187, for the opportunity!
Released 13 yrs ago (11/30/2006 UTC) at
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
To be released somewhere at Lisbon airport, probably at one of the cafÃ©s or at the check-in area...
(or else, if in a hurry, when arriving at Brussels airport!)