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Sometimes, after the war, peace is the hardest battle to survive.
Posted June 26, 2013
Jolly old England? If your part of the upper-crust, yes! If not, the future is not bright.
Mr. Smith has done it again. In the vein of Dickens, Mr. Smith paints a realistic picture of post war Great Britain. I have studied the topic for over thirty years, but something was missing in the accolades that were lavished on the Allies total victory over the Axis powers. Russia revealed in their new territorial acquisitions. The US flexed its power as a new Super power. But what of England? She too was part of the victory. She stood side-by-side with her brothers in arms, but the spoils were not to be. Instead of riding an economic high, she was stuck in the pre-war depression, at least for the common blue collar worker; nothing had changed.
Mr. Smith paints a very detailed look at the lives of the locals. Too say the least, it’s not very pleasant. Nothing has changed for the masses. In fact, it seems worse for all than before the war started.
He resigns from the R.A.F in hopes of starting fresh and bringing his German war bride Friede, back to his home country for a new start. In reality, it’s not. Job opportunities are thin and few. Housing options are bleak at best. The euphoria he was riding after spending time in post war Germany is slowly sapped away as he falls into the same guttural positions and economic woes which have blighted his family and countrymen for decades. Very depressing to say the least.
Yet, fear not. There is a light at the tunnel. Friede can no longer take the dismal, gloomy, depressing atmosphere of Halifax. She returns to her home town of Hamburg to sort out their sot. Harry feels lost and abandoned. His prospects of drudgery are high. He’s fallen into the same trap he so desperately vowed to avoid.
But fear not. All is not lost!
If you enjoyed Mr. Smith’s first book, The Barley Hole Chronicles, this is the rest of the story. If you didn’t read the first one, fear not. You will have no problem following this one.
Who will enjoy this? The list is long and cumbersome, but in short: students of world history, WWII enthusiasts, Sociologists and more.
A well deserved four stars!
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