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Title: Road Home, The
Authors: Tremain, Rose
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 365
Year: 2007
Language: English
Description: Lev is on his way to Britain to seek work, so that he can send money back to Eastern Europe to support his mother and small daughter. He struggles with the mysterious rituals of "Englishness", and the fashions and fads of the London scene. We see the road Lev travels through Lev's eyes, and we share his dilemmas: the intimacy of his friendships, old and new; his joys and sufferings; his aspirations, and his hopes of finding his way home, wherever home may be.

Comments from Groups:

The characters were real people, the writing easy to read and the plot completed the circle with Lev returning home...made us want to read more of Rose Tremain's work. Queenstown 003

Everyone really loved this book. It was well written and the story gripping. Christchurch 185

An easy-to-read story with likeable characters. Nelson 027

Heart-warming story of human relationships...all about the journey and not the destination. Papamoa 001

We loved this book and all wanted to re-read later to get more out of it. Wanaka 008.

Provoked a lot of discussion, especially remembering our first weeks in London far from home. Ending felt a bit too perfect. A light enjoyable read. Tauranga 019

Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, What's Hot

Reviews

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By: CHCH 317 2018-12-10 14:59:46
5 
Most of the group enjoyed the book - one or two commented on the very small print. Discussion developed around the area of eastern Europe that Lev was supposed to have left and the circumstances of re settling in the UK. The author portrayed the different characters extremely well, and there was a definite contrast between Lev leaving to find new horizons with better prospects, and Ina who did not want to go. Highly recommended.

By: LOWER 013 2018-12-10 14:56:26
5 
Excellent read, all enjoyed it. Highly recommended, well researched and written. Looking for more by this author.

By: CHCH 422 2018-12-10 14:55:09
4 
Hard to get into. A good record of a journey in a new culture and the challenges faced. It prompted one of the group to read more by this author.

By: WELL 120 2018-12-10 14:53:27
4 
Generally enjoyed, although several preferred other books by the same author.

By: MATAM 004 2018-12-10 14:51:40
3 
We were divided as to the enjoyment of the storyline. Some of our readers found the pace slow and unable to become engaged with the storyline. Others found it very engaging with the contrasting characters. We were all able to relate to many of the messages: hard work/success, kindness, caring and reward. The book was well-written.

By: KATIK 008 2018-12-10 14:48:20
4 
A good read. A realistic view of the immigrant experience, and the characters were well portrayed. The end was a little abrupt and felt a little unfinished. Enjoyed by all. We will all read more by this author.

By: CHCH 043 2018-12-10 14:46:33
4 
Very interesting, not a book to skim through. Provoked a good discussion about the nature of 'home ' and immigration. It has inspired several of our members to look for other books by Rose Tremain.

By: CHCH 043 2018-12-10 14:46:29
4 
Very interesting, not a book to skim through. Provoked a good discussion about the nature of 'home ' and immigration. It has inspired several of our members to look for other books by Rose Tremain.

By: DUNED 029 2018-12-10 14:41:18
4.5 
This proved a very popular choice. Excellent writing and excellent characterisation. The detail was so authentic. We loved it!

 
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