Far to Go

This is a riveting, powerful novel. It draws you in and you are completely immersed. I didn’t want to put it down. Far to Go by Alison Pick tells the story of the Bauer family. Pavel and Anneliese are secular Jews whose lives are forever changed with the arrival of German forces in Czechoslovakia in 1939. Along with their son Pepik and his nanny Marta, they flee to Prague, hoping against all hope that eventually they will be reunited with their beloved birthplace. It is a heartwrenching story and so well written. Pick’s language is almost poetic in parts… “Memory is a stone that is difficult to budge.” & “Time is a snow globe; you shake it and everything changes.” So beautiful eh! She does say at the very beginning of the book “I wish this were a happy story.”  Eventually it becomes necessary for the Bauers to take extreme precautions for Pepik’s safety and they manage to gain a spot for him on a Kindertransport to England. But poor wee 6 year old Pepik never sees his parents or Marta again. Told by a mysterious present-day narrator, the unexpected fates of the Bauers and Marta are slowly revealed, and how Pick manages to tie the narrator to the story is brilliant. This book has won numerous awards, has been published internationally, was translated into Dutch, French and Italian, and it was nominated for the prestigeous Man Booker Prize. It’s a must read as far as I’m concerned. It’s exceptional!

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  1. Susan Said,

    December 9, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    Hi Linda – a mutual friend, Dody recently introduced me to your book blog & just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying it. Especially glad to hear about Khaled Hosseini’s new book. Have passed your blog on to two “reading” friends. Thanks, Susan

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