Far to Go

Far to Go

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by Alison Pick
     
 

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"Deftlystructured and . . . seamless." —Globe and Mail (Toronto)
 
"[A]nuanced and layered portrait of betrayal. . . . The strength of Far to Golies in Pick's ability to show precisely why one person could turn on another,how a single word spoken on impulse could have devastating results."

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"Deftlystructured and . . . seamless." —Globe and Mail (Toronto)
 
"[A]nuanced and layered portrait of betrayal. . . . The strength of Far to Golies in Pick's ability to show precisely why one person could turn on another,how a single word spoken on impulse could have devastating results." —MontrealGazette

Alison Pick, acclaimed author of The Sweet Edge, delivers the moving and suspenseful story of an affluentJewish family in Czechoslovakia at the onset of World War II, and the governesswho forever alters their future when she seeks shelter in their midst.Interwoven with a present-day narrative revealing each character’s fates after thewar, Far to Go is an emotionallyvivid, masterfully wrought narrative that the Montreal Gazette calls, "an intriguing experiment in the art ofstorytelling."

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Publishers Weekly
In her second novel (after The Sweet Edge), Pick tackles the Holocaust with the story of a young Jewish family struggling to survive as the Nazis invade Czechoslovakia. Throughout 1938 and 1939, Pavel and Anneliese Bauer endure increasingly terrifying attacks on their dignity, freedom, and lives, clinging to a hope that the madness will soon end. Meanwhile, a present-day Holocaust historian (who remains awkwardly unidentified for some time), specializing in the Kindertransport and the many children it helped to escape from Czechoslovakia, takes a personal interest in the Bauers. Letters culled from the historian's files, written by people who were close to the Bauers, effectively punctuate the novel, but Pick's shuffling gamble with point-of-view produces mixed results. For instance, Marta, who both propels the tale and plays a significant role in it, is sometimes so naïve as to be unconvincing. But period details are authentic and well presented, as are the family's suffering and grief. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062034632
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/19/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
255,817
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Alison Pick was the Bronwen Wallace Award winner for the most promising writer under thirty-five in Canada. Her first novel is The Sweet Edge, and her second novel, the bestseller Far to Go, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction, and was named a "Top 10 of 2010" book by the Toronto Star. Between Gods, named a "Best Book" by both the Globe and Mail and CBC, has been nominated for the prestigious BC National Award for Nonfiction.

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Far to Go 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
hloeffler More than 1 year ago
As I started to read, I have to say that I was put off at first by the interruption of what I thought was a great story by the odd bits of present-day narrative that seemed to be randomly added at the end of each chapter, but by the end it made complete sense... Told from the perspective of Pepik's nanny, the story paints a picture of just how unbelievable and unexpected to individuals the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia was, until it was actually upon them, and too late. It was a world where you had no idea who to trust and how to make your way, and the author, Alison Pick, is able to capture that feeling of uncertainty and heartache. At the same time, she is able to capture the innocence and wonder felt by a five year old boy, watching trains and his nanny, who loves him as much as she would her own child. You know from the outset that history has already dictated most of the ending to this book, but there are still surprises in store for the reader and as sad as the book is, there is also joy and gladness present. This book will move you in many ways and it will shed light on a period in history that needs a spotlight. For me this was a very quick read and I absolutely could not put it down (except to reach for the Kleenex box) If you read historical fiction, you will want to read this! I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of completing my review. All opinions expressed are my own
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