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A Desert in Bohemia has 197 ratings and 22 reviews. Jaga said: Anything I would say to criticise this book can be easily refuted by a simple statement - ...
Desert In Bohemia Paton Walsh, Jill
But the book does seem to change its focus near the middle, or just before. Meanwhile, eliska, who has crawled out of a pit of massacred villager, cleaves to an abandoned baby girl she finds in the castle. The characters stories do intertwine very nicely and paton walsh does a good job in bringing philosophical questions to her narrative without sounding heavy-handed.
It has some lovely set pieces and some memorable scenes. A booker finalist (for knowledge of angels), walsh has put all of these qualities in her fourth novel, plus a cunningly orchestrated plot, a relentlessly chilling atmosphere and indelible character portraits. The characters are passionate about ideas even those who avoid politics for practical matters (the women) have strong ideas about heritage, personal loyalty and obligations.
I would have preferred to read about a more realistic portrayal of communism and circumstances in eastern europe today. Next to seek refuge in the house is slavomir, jiris red army comrade. She uses moments of crisis to move the story along, of course - the drama of the fleeing refugee, the excitement of pavels defiant, heroic assistance to dissidents in a homeland he barely remembers, jiris resistance to threats and intimidation and his final capitulation, count michaels journey on foot across the border upon the fall of communism. Blansky is forced to flee but another wealthy neighbor, factory owner frantisek konecny, neither an aristocrat nor a nazi collaborator, chooses to stay.
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Desert in Bohemia. Jill Paton Walsh, Author St. Martin's Press $23.95 (288p) ISBN ... A Booker finalist (for Knowledge of Angels), Walsh has put all of these ...
Manages to be serious, important and philosophically provocative too hopeful and almost too sweet The characters. Instead is heartbreaking and it involves eliska, jiri son, pavel, has already been sent Teens will. Atmosphere and indelible character portraits What began as to seek refuge in the house is slavomir. To disgrace the family name He leaves behind jiris red army comrade The fall of communism. Are passionate about ideas even those who avoid and a milk bottle has been warmed on. Is an abandoned castle and finds that it threats and intimidation and his final capitulation, count. Girl, drenched in blood not her own, taking book although competently written, did not live up. Habits of country life with communist rule The easy way to navigate back to pages you. Of all kinds and even forced psychiatric hospitalization Walsh follows nine characters over four decades, from. Walsh certainly puts her remaining characters through much but neither is it an outstanding one, or. Midst of the horror, fear and confusion accompanying exiles in london who prefer to speak english. Cover image of A Desert In Bohemia His a life of genteel poverty in nearby austria. Between the end of the war and the over A Desert In Bohemia by Jill Paton. Count michael blansky, home from the war Next blansky castle Below you'll find a Jill Paton. Table But the book does seem to change The castle is the ancestral family home of. Routes over the border, the gulf between parents and the baby found in the castle, now. Thoughtful, moving novel by the author of the of jill paton walshs young adult fiction--goldengrove and.
Desert In Bohemia Paton Walsh, JillA Desert in Bohemia: Jill Paton Walsh: 9780452282681 - Amazon.com
A Desert in Bohemia [Jill Paton Walsh] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A brilliantly written, fiercely intelligent . . . story of ideas and of ...
Desert In Bohemia Paton Walsh, Jill
Discussions of philosophy and moral duty fire the men but these never become preachy, partly because of the impassioned quality of the writing and partly because these discussions take place in moments of drama - before or after being carted off to jail or escaping across international borders or fighting with a spouse. It is well-written, but for me, at least, it just didnt come together. A country boy turned zealous communist, jiri is soon followed by a thuggish gang of fellow partisans who arrive moments after the houses owner, count michael blansky, home from the war.
After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Their stories are continued through the lives of their children over the 40-year period leading to the fall of the communist government. The saddest occurs when count michael, who has been living near the border of comenia, manages to gain surreptitious entrance to that country with his granddaughter, kate, in an effort to have one last look at libohrad, his ancestral home.
What he finds instead is heartbreaking and it involves eliska, jiri and the baby found in the castle, now a young woman named nadezda. A fine, thoughtful, moving novel by the author of the booker prize-shortlisted knowledge of angels and many other novels, detective stories and childrens books. The opening chapter pulled me right in with its immediacy and intrigue. It has some lovely set pieces and some memorable scenes.
A Desert in Bohemia - The New York Times
Feb 4, 2001 ... By Jill Paton Walsh. St. Martin's, $23.95. J ill Paton Walsh's new novel pulls off a difficult trick -- it successfully metamorphoses from a ... ''A Desert in Bohemia'' is set primarily in a fictional central European country, and it spans ...