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The Road Between Us

by Nigel Farndale

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This is another of the many books written in two time periods. In the first in 1939 Charles and Anselm are in a homsexual relationship and are found out. Charles is courtmartialled and Anselm, a German, is sent to a labour camp to be reducated.
In 2012 Edward, Charles's son is a diplomat who has just been releaded from 11 years held captive to find that his wife has died and he now has a teenagae daughter that he does not know.
Edward struggles to cope with his wife's death and rebuild his life while at the same time being very puzzled as to who paid the ransom to have him releaded.
The chapters set in 1939 fill in the story of Charles, Edward's fathers life and as the book progresses the connections are made and questions answered. I enjoyed it but did not find it a great read, but the descriptions of his time in captivity were very well done. I think for me it was just rounded off a little too quickly and too neatly. ( )
  kiwifortyniner | Dec 17, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385619146, Paperback)

From the author of the acclaimed The Blasphemer, a stunning new novel ranging from forbidden love in World War Two to the painful return of a man kept hostage in today's Afghanistan.
 

1939: In a hotel room overlooking Piccadilly Circus, two young men are arrested. Charles is court-martialled for ‘conduct unbecoming’; Anselm is deported home to Germany for ‘re-education’ in a brutal labour camp. Separated by the outbreak of war, and a social order that rejects their love, they must each make a difficult choice, and then live with the consequences.

2012: Edward, a diplomat held hostage for eleven years in an Afghan cave, returns to London to find his wife is dead, and in her place is an unnerving double – his daughter, now grown up. Numb with grief, he attempts to re-build his life and answer the questions that are troubling him. Was his wife’s death an accident? Who paid his ransom? And how was his release linked to Charles, his father?

As dark and nuanced as it is powerful and moving, The Road Between Us is a novel about survival, redemption and forbidden love. Its moral complexities will haunt the reader for days after the final page has been turned.

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1939: In a hotel room overlooking Piccadilly Circus, two young men are arrested. Charles is court-martialled for 'conduct unbecoming'; Anselm is deported home to Germany for 're-education' in a brutal labour camp. Separated by the outbreak of war, and a social order that rejects their love, they must each make a difficult choice, and then live with the consequences. 2012: Edward, a diplomat held hostage for eleven years in an Afghan cave, returns to London to find his wife is dead, and in her place is an unnerving double - his daughter, now grown up. Numb with grief, he attempts to re-build his life and answer the questions that are troubling him. Was his wife's death an accident? Who paid his ransom? And how was his release linked to Charles, his father? As dark and nuanced as it is powerful and moving, The Road Between Us is a novel about survival, redemption and forbidden love. Its moral complexities will haunt the reader for days after the final page has been turned.… (more)

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