The Road Home

by Rose Tremain | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780099478461 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wodfest of Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on 12/24/2008
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14 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wodfest from Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I have loved so many of Rose Tremain's novels - Restoration and especially the Music and the Silence (the book that first brought me in contact with her work).
This one still has her trademark, unrelenting ambiguous ending but less of the magic for my tastes.

Journal Entry 2 by wodfest at Calwell, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Thursday, January 01, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (1/1/2009 UTC) at Calwell, Australian Capital Territory Australia

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My first ever release!
Woohooo!
BookCrossing virgin no longer.

Journal Entry 3 by FreePages from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Caught! I'm honoured to recieve a first release :-)
and it's a RABK (Random Act of Bookcrossing Kindness) or maybe not so random but extremely kind :-)


This is the 2008 Orange Prize winner and I'll be reading it straight away, for The Girlybooks Group "Orange January" group read. The group is one of the many on Librarything.com
Quite a few people in the group have been raving about it.

Thanks again Wodfest xxx


Journal Entry 4 by FreePages from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Friday, January 09, 2009








I agree with the raving :-)

I became completely engaged in Lev's trials and tribulations and adored the other characters that he met on the way. I found it tinged with sadness but with hope for the future. The good food, good friends and Shakespeare helped along the way.

I'll definately be looking out for More of Rose Tremain's work, especially "Music and Silence".

Thanks Wodfest :-)

PS. I cant resist confessing, I kept thinking if this was made into a film who would I want to be Lev.....came up with Eric Bana (LOL), but seriously, after the job he did in Munich, I think he could do it. :-)

PPS I also couldn't resist, uploading the image, hope I haven't spoiled it for anyone else, I really have gone girly
*said while laughing myself silly*

PPS Trivia point, Eric's real surname is Banadinović

Read Jan 7-9, 2008.

Paperback. 365 pages.

Journal Entry 5 by FreePages from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Starting a Bookring for this one. I'm really looking forward to sharing this one :-)
Order of Participants is not set and subject to change without notice.

Bookring rules
No real rules for this one, as another very respected BCer says, just good manners :-)

Participants

AmberC(NT)
livrecache(VIC)
DeeKay57(NSW)
crimson-tide(WA)
Jubby(NSW)
jeniwren(NSW)
Fushmush (NSW)
Luvvie (Qld)
charliewendy (VIC)
Dancesports (TAS)

Your name can be added here

.....back to Freepages (ACT) =>Book is on the way here
I think I'll share this at a BC meet-up when it returns.

Hope everyone enjoys the ring :-)

Journal Entry 6 by FreePages at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (2/25/2009 UTC) at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia

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The Bookring has started

Enjoy!

Journal Entry 7 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Monday, March 02, 2009
What is it with bookrings? None for weeks then 3 in one day! This was one of the 3. I'm looking forward to it and will read it ASAP.

I loved the postcard. Thankyou.

Journal Entry 8 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Thursday, March 05, 2009
I didn't think this was as good as other of Rose Tremain's books that I have read.

But, I did enjoy it. She created a cast of characters that drew me in and made me care about about them. It is a page turner in a quiet way. Overall an engaging story.

Posting to livrecache today.

Journal Entry 9 by livrecache from Hobart, Tasmania Australia on Monday, March 16, 2009
Arrived safely today.

I saw it remaindered just a week or so ago in my favourite book store, and I wasn't sure whether to scoop up a copy (what another book!) or wait until I'd read it so see what I thought.

Thanks for sending it on AmberC.



Journal Entry 10 by livrecache from Hobart, Tasmania Australia on Saturday, March 28, 2009
This rates among the best Rose Tremain books I've read. Actually, the only others I have read are Restoration, The Way I Found Her and Music and Silence, all of which which were set in very different times and locations. I find it extraordinary the way she can immerse the reader in that time or location. I found Lev to a thoroughly engaging character. I think I agree with FreePages' casting. (I do that too. I imagine books as film.) There was a breadth to this novel which will have me thinking about it for a while – until I read the next one, I guess. Thanks for sharing FreePages.

I'll send this along to the next ring participant ASAP.

Journal Entry 11 by DeeKay57 from Tweed Heads, New South Wales Australia on Friday, April 03, 2009
received today, will read asap and send on. thanx

Journal Entry 12 by DeeKay57 from Tweed Heads, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, July 02, 2009
I found this book quite a good read and thoroughly enjoyed Lev's adventures.

Time to move on and therefore off to crimson-tide

Journal Entry 13 by wingcrimson-tidewing from Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Friday, July 10, 2009
Thanks for sending it on DeeKay57 . . . and just in time for Orange July too! Not sure that I'll get it done in July though, but I'll probably be able to make a start at least. Looking forward to it.

Journal Entry 14 by wingcrimson-tidewing from Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Nope, didn't get it done in July . . . and now it's almost the end of August! Sorry to be so slow with this one guys. I'll definitely be starting it tomorrow.

Journal Entry 15 by wingcrimson-tidewing from Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Thursday, September 03, 2009
Another brilliant book by one of my favourite authors. I really do not know how she does it so consistently . . . well consistent for me anyway. Wonderful writing, real characters, compassionate, insightful and above all totally engaging and believable.

Journal Entry 16 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Thursday, September 03, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (9/3/2009 UTC) at Balingup, Western Australia Australia

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Posted off to jubby today . . . Balingup to Sydney. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did, jubby.

Journal Entry 17 by jubby from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Received in the post today, with a husband that is already eyeing it off!
I do have a couple of other bookrings ahead of this one, but will try to get to this one soon. Thank you.

Journal Entry 18 by jubby at Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (11/30/2009 UTC) at Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Oh dear!

I had this book for far too long, and I apologise to you all.
Both my husband and I read this book, and greatly enjoyed.

A deserved winner of the Orange Prize, in my humble opinion.
Thank you so much for sharing this book with me.

Finally posted on to the ever patient (and many other gracious and splendid things) Jenniwren.

Journal Entry 19 by jeniwren from Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Thankyou jubby for this book which arrived in todays post and as always a nice suprise as bookrings bring eager anticipation for another great read. I have a few books ahead of this one but I will make it a priority as first book for my 2010 reading challenge in the Bookcrossing category. I have only read one previous novel ' The Colour' by Tremain which I enjoyed and the previous journal entries are favourable. Onto the bedside table it goes........


Journal Entry 20 by jeniwren from Greigs Flat, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I have received another copy in the mail today so rather than hold up the ring I have contacted fushmush who is up next. I look forward to reading soon and I will edit this journal entry at a later date with my thoughts.

Journal Entry 21 by fushmush from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, January 07, 2010
It has arrived. I'm halfway through another novel. It's on the TBR list after that.

Journal Entry 22 by fushmush from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The Road Home is the story of Olev, a man who moves to London to work to provide for his family. The main employer in his village was forced to close after they deplete the natural resources in the area. In London he starts with nothing sleeping on the streets and delivering leaflets for 10 pounds. With a little help from the friends he meets along the way he finds his feet and through hard work, perseverance and a little bit of dreaming he discovers his true calling.

Although Olev certainly does it tough in the beginning, I thought it was a little bit of a rose-coloured view of migration. Especially considering the current climate in England and the rise of the BNP. I’m sure that many migrants don’t find their dream job and while living in London I certainly noticed that eastern Europeans have replaced Australians as the bar staff of choice for pubs. Actually, although they never mention which eastern European country Olev calls home I always assumed that it was Poland. Just because of all the “Stop Polish workers from stealing our jobs” stories in the English news.

The environmental commentary was interesting as well. The saw mill where Olev worked has to close because they cut down all the trees in the area. Then because they can reap nothing more from the natural world they build a dam and drown the village. Taking without considering the consequences.

One of the things I liked most about this novel was recognising the London streets and landmarks. I recently moved from London to Sydney and I kind of miss it.

Journal Entry 23 by fushmush at sent to the the next bookcrosser, Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Monday, February 01, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (1/31/2010 UTC) at sent to the the next bookcrosser, Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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Sent to the next bookcrosser on the ray.

Journal Entry 24 by Luvvie from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Monday, February 01, 2010
This arrived yesterday - the family looks at me suspiciously....please explain is written in their eyes...where do these books keep coming from??? Thank you dear bookring members....I'll put it on top of the pile and look forward to devouring it.

Journal Entry 25 by Luvvie from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Saturday, March 06, 2010
Hello everyone

This is my first Rose Tremain and I really enjoyed it....so nice to come home at the end of a tedious work day and have something to look forward to .....loved the character of Lev....was shocked by his having to sleep in the street on his first night in London...silly me.....and yes I reckon Eric Bana would be great in the lead role...excellent casting choice....!!

Journal Entry 26 by Luvvie at Yarra Glen, Victoria Australia on Monday, March 08, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (3/8/2010 UTC) at Yarra Glen, Victoria Australia

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All the best!~!!

Journal Entry 27 by charliewendy from Yarra Glen, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Book received today. Thanks Luvvie for sending it on and Freepages for sharing!

Journal Entry 28 by charliewendy from Yarra Glen, Victoria Australia on Friday, March 26, 2010
Thank you Freepages, I now have a new favourite author! I really enjoyed this one. Loved the characters, so realistic - to the point where I sometimes felt I didn't like Lev very much. Also having lived for a few years in London myself perhaps made it a little more real for me. I also liked the ending, hopeful without being too conveniently cut and dried. A very satisfying and complete package.
I would also like to add my vote for Eric Banna as Lev. Yummy!
I will pm Dancesports as soon as I sign off.

Journal Entry 29 by charliewendy from Yarra Glen, Victoria Australia on Sunday, March 28, 2010
Off to Dancesports tomorrow 29/3.

Enjoy!

Journal Entry 30 by Dancesports from Petcheys Bay, Tasmania Australia on Thursday, April 01, 2010
Book has arrived safely and just in time for Easter holidays - we're off to the shack in the morning so I hope to read this one over the break

Journal Entry 31 by Dancesports from Petcheys Bay, Tasmania Australia on Tuesday, April 06, 2010
A great book, enjoyed it immensely - where do I get more?

Journal Entry 32 by Dancesports at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (5/16/2010 UTC) at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia

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its on its way home

Journal Entry 33 by FreePages at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Road Home has arrived "home" accompanied by, to my surprise, The Sea!

Thanks so much, Dancesports!

And thanks to everyone who participated!

I'll now pass it on to non-bookcrossing friends and family and eventually it will probably be released at a Canberra Meet-up.

Journal Entry 34 by FreePages at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Saturday, February 03, 2018
This is a terrific book and way overdue to be on the road again.

Releasing it today at King O'Malley's Pub during a Canberra Bookcrossing Meet-up.

:-)

Journal Entry 35 by beli-jg at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Thursday, February 22, 2018
Picked up at February BookCrossing meeting in Canberra

Journal Entry 36 by beli-jg at Gang Gang cafe in Downer, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Friday, June 29, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (6/29/2018 UTC) at Gang Gang cafe in Downer, Australian Capital Territory Australia

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At Canberra bookcrossing monthly meet up

Journal Entry 37 by dillydalley at Downer, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Tuesday, July 03, 2018
What a well travelled book! I've been wanting to read more fiction and this comes with good reviews. Looking forward to reading it.

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