The German Boy

The German Boy

Book - 2011
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'So this will happen. I will inherit Karen's son who I hate and love before I've even set eyes on him.'

It is 1947. A sixteen-year-old German orphan, Stefan Landau, has come to live with his aunt's family in England. Elizabeth does not know what to make of her sister's son - this dirty, traumatized boy in his shabby Hitler Youth uniform.

For among Stefan's meagre possessions is a portrait of a girl with long copper hair by a painter called Michael Ross. A portrait that brings back memories, both painful and precious, of Elizabeth's life in the years before the war . . . Spanning decades and generations, The German Boy is the moving story of two families entangled by love and friendship, divided by prejudice and war, and of a brief encounter between a man and a woman that touched each of their lives forever.

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Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780670919420
Branch Call Number: FIC WASTV


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Apr 04, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. It's well-written and the story really draws you in. Quite sad, but also uplifting.

Oct 23, 2011

In the first chapter of this book it is 1947 England and Elisabeth is waiting for her husband to pick up her nephew who is arriving from Germany. He is sixteen; the orphaned son of her only sister and her Nazi husband. The boy himself had been a soldier in the German army. Elisabeth hated his father, even before the war, and she is overcome by conflicting feelings. The narrative moves to 1927 and begins to explain how several families and their lives intersected. It is a time when the first war is more than a memory(one character is slowly and painfully dying from mustard gas exposure) and signs are pointing to another conflict. Love and attraction, loyalty and rivalry, are all part of the story.A love story and family saga that will likely appeal to fans of THE POSTMISTRESS and THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL SOCIETY.

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