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Summary The road home

Lev is on his way to Britain to seek work so that he can send money back to eastern Europe to support. Fiction so convincing that it could be a true storyThe journey begins with Lev s bus journey from his home in Eastern Europe to the loneliness of impersonal London Lev is into his early forties has recently lost his wife to cancer and believes that the only way that he can support his very young daughter and his mother is to find himself a job in London His life long friend who supposedly knows such things has told Lev that he should be able to get by in London on 20 a week The truth becomes apparent within 24 hours of his arrival at Victoria Bus Terminus when he finds out how much it s going to cost for one night s BB During the bus journey Lev has struck up a friendship with a female teacher who already has good contacts in London Throughout the book this lady comes to Lev s rescue in times of trouble Unsurprisingly finding work is not as easy has Lev had thought it would be However following his adventures with their ups and downs is an enjoyable ride liberally splashed with some good humour and many touching moments and reminiscences This book will make you laugh and it will make you cry It will make you think about the society that we live in It is a wonderful book

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The road home

Ons and fads of the London scene We see the road Lev travels through his eyes and we share his dilemma. The plot is fairly straightforward Lev has recently emigrated from an unnamed Eastern European country to find work in London He meets people in this unfamiliar city that help him find his way and when tragedy strikes back home he finds a way to combine what he s learned in his new life with what he loves about his old life to save the day Not groundbreaking stuff However there are virtues Tremain s descriptions when they aren t anding themselves to death are so detailed and engrossing you can t help but find yourself knee deep in Lev s worldIf that were all I would have said this was an average story told in an above average way and moved on However that isn t all More than once I read things in this otherwise average story that still make my skin crawl just thinking about them Our main character nearly strangles his romantic interest at a party and later forces himself on her in a child s bedroom It s left intentionally unclear whether or not the act was consensual He laments to his friend that he s pretty sure he raped this woman but this is met with little than an oh darn and the book fully expects us to still be sympathetic to his characterAt another point we re introduced to two gay Chinese men who are portrayed as incredibly feminine and childish The childish part is what bothered me They seduce Lev while he s drunk insisting that they re providing a service just helping him out giving sexual favors to make Lev feel better Their touch is described as like a girls and when Lev leaves them he cuddles them like children and thanks them for their services The whole thing just felt very predatory and creepyBy the time the happy ending rolled around I wasn t rooting for the main character any It would be one thing if we were meant to feel conflicted by Lev s behavior but the book makes it pretty clear that Lev is supposed to be the hero Flawed maybe but in an aren t we all sort of way Unfortunately I lost all empathy the minute he described the woman he potentially assaulted as his animal with irresistible greed for the maleNot greatEven complaining here

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His mother and little daughter He struggles with the mysterious rituals of 'Englishness' and the fashi. From the jacket blurb this sounded really promising An important contemporary issue Culturally relevant Immediate Orange Prize winnerLike so many others Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain seeking work He is a tiny part of a vast diaspora that is changing British society at this very momentI ve been able to see some of the effects of the wave of Eastern European mostly Polish immigration here in Scotland over the past couple years A Polish deli opened here in Oban and then almost immediately closed down again People complained in the newspaper about the bus drivers not speaking English English classes have been in high demand Many of these newcomers have now left perhaps gone back home to families with some money in their pocketsThis book was disappointing on so many levels There were the niggly little things that bugged me throughout which a good editor should have eliminated For instance Tremain went to GREAT lengths to avoid giving Lev a specific country of origin Every time he met someone from his country which happened pretty often you could see Tremain doing an elaborate dance of avoidance around THE COUNTRY WHICH MUST NOT BE NAMED AwkwardThe list of unbelievable moments is pretty long as is the list of unconvincing characters Some examples Newcomer Lev s mobile phone rings during the opening of a fancy classical concert he runs away Mortifyingly idiotic Mole faced compatriot Lydia totally repulses Lev why then does he keep calling her Sophie the Gorgeous and Sexy Vixen ends up being just as treacherous as Christy the Bitter Irishman had predicted Go figure Lev leaves London for a bizarre but brief interlude in the asparagus fields where he gets seduced by two indistinguishable effeminate Chinese boys No follow up to this he goes back to London and carries on where he left off training to be a chef Whatever Lydia becomes pampered mistress to ancient symphony conductor from their country and never calls Lev backI did like some bits The pompous showy chef GK Ashe is hilarious as a portrait of the enormous EGO you might expect to find behind a high end urban restaurant Kitchen assistant Simone s irreverent menus for the old people s home made me laugh aloud for several minutesCreme brulee jacked from a recipe at GK AsheorWatermelon sorbet with no black seeds or rubbish in itOverall I found Lev s character too inconsistent to follow intimately He was brilliant and talented one minute and then a blockhead the next He also struck me as weirdly emotionless The other characters such as Rudi made wonderful sidekicks but I wanted Lev to call the shots He s the chef after all


10 thoughts on “The road home

  1. says:

    Fiction so convincing that it could be a true storyThe journey begins with Lev's bus journey from his home in Eastern Europe to the loneliness of impersonal London Lev is into his early forties has recently lost his wife to cancer and believes that the only way that he can support his very young daughter and hi

  2. says:

    I ordered The Road Home with the usual expectations that one would have for a book by an admired author But oh dear It is unbelievable at so m

  3. says:

    This is the tale of Lev an immigrant from an unnamed Eastern European accession country comes to London to seek his fortune He is 4

  4. says:

    This review is from The Road Home A Novel Paperback This is a truly moving story about a man who loses everything His wife dies and his job is finished so he moves to England to make a new start He is still mourning hoomesick and ill prepared to make this transition Yet every day he gets up and chooses life He finds work learns a new trade finds housing makes friends and gets a girlfriend He never gets over his homesickness but he makes

  5. says:

    From the jacket blurb this sounded really promising An important contemporary issue Culturally relevant Immediate Orange Prize winnerLike so many others Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to Britain seeking work He is a tiny part

  6. says:

    An actual novel which stands out for its realism and easy approachThis is the story of Lev a middle aged man from Eastern Europe who has to flee from his own country in search for work leaving his little daughter and his mother back in his beloved village BarynLondon is the city where he travels to weary and ignorant of his fate harassed by mourning memories of her deceased wife he has to struggle to find a d

  7. says:

    45There is so much in the media about immigration these days sadly much of it giving a very negative view and uoting soulless numbers and statistics but how often do we get to meet the people who make up those numbers?The main character in this book may be a fictional representation of one of these people but he feels real and believable and I became very invested in his storythe author made me care about him and feel

  8. says:

    The plot is fairly straightforward Lev has recently emigrated from an unnamed Eastern European country to find work in London He meets people in this unfamiliar city that help him find his way and when tragedy strikes back home he finds a way to combine what he's learned in his new life with what he loves about his old life to sav

  9. says:

    Review from 2009Tremain is clearly a talented writer with very descriptive writing good dialogue good pacing I found the story enjoyab

  10. says:

    I wasn't disappointed by this book because I am now pretty sure Rose Tremain will never write another book as brilliant as Music Silence This is a good read with a topical subject a Polish man who has to come to

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