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In the months between May and August 1945 the world is both winding down and changing forever. Unconditional Surrender charts these changes through two voices, the rector of a rural parish in north Wales, and a mysterious German countess, housed under his care as a displaced person. At the centre of their attention is Meg, the rector's daughter, and her increasingly fraught relationships with a conscientious objector and a young prisoner-of-war held nearby. The results of these relationships are as momentous, in ...
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United Kingdom 1996 Hard Cover Good RELIABLE library withdrawal in the plastic, protective cover. Stamped at the page edge with a card pocket page on the inside. Light scuff to ... the plastic cover. This edition is PRESENTABLE! Read more Show Less

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In the months between May and August 1945 the world is both winding down and changing forever. Unconditional Surrender charts these changes through two voices, the rector of a rural parish in north Wales, and a mysterious German countess, housed under his care as a displaced person. At the centre of their attention is Meg, the rector's daughter, and her increasingly fraught relationships with a conscientious objector and a young prisoner-of-war held nearby. The results of these relationships are as momentous, in their own way, as the bombing of Hiroshima. Unconditional Surrender sets young against old, local against international, and charts the changing social mores of this unique period in history.
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Trollope's The Warden is recast for the twilight of WWII, as experienced in a small Welsh town by its uneasy rector, Edwin Pritchard, and its most notable German refugee, Cecilia, the former Countess von Leiten. During the months between Germany's surrender and the atomic bombing of Japan, Pritchard gets caught up in controversy because he supports Cecilia's continued settlement at the Residential Home for Decayed Gentlewomen instead of her repatriation to Germany. In this suspicious atmosphere, as people begin to blink away their wartime certainties, Pritchard and Cecilia must also separately contend with Colonel Bacon, a gregarious blustering Home Guard Tory, Klaus Rist, an insinuating young POW, and Arthur Llwelyn, the local Welsh nationalist candidate-all of whom are queuing up for slices of the postwar pie. The personal becomes political as Pritchard casts his lot (and petrol ration) with Llwelyn's campaign, while his daughter, Meg, becomes fascinated with Rist and his normally steadfast wife, Olwen, grows too friendly with Colonel Bacon. Humphreys's old-fashioned novel lacks a certain Victorian richness, but, narrated in Pritchard's and Cecilia's anxious streams of consciousness, it arrays a wide enough social cast to capture the crowded uncertainty of a historical cusp. (Nov.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781854111647
  • Publisher: Seren
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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