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In the wake of factory closings and his beloved wife's death Lev is on his way from Eastern Europe to London seeking work to support his mother and his little daughter After a spell of homelessness he finds a job in the kitchen of a posh restaurant and a room in the house of an appealing Irishman who has also lost his family Never mind that Lev must sleep in a. 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

Bunk bed surrounded by plastic toys he has found a friend and shelter However constricted his life in England remains he compensates by daydreaming of home by having an affair with a younger restaurant worker and dodging the attentions of other women and by trading gossip and ambitions via cell phone with his hilarious old friend Rudi who dreaming of the weal.

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Thy West lives largely for his battered ChevroletHomesickness dogs Lev not only for nostalgic reasons but because he doesn't belong body or soul to his new country but can he really go home again Rose Tremain's prodigious talents as a prose writer are on full display in The Road Home but her novel never loses sight of what is truly important in the lives we le. 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


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 his mother is to find himself a job in London His life long friend who supposedly knows such things has told Lev t

  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 many levels as well as schematic and sentimental There are irritating little mistakes of fact that Rose Tremain shouldn't make London underground trains running on Christmas Day; a man's mobile is stolen he gets another and is instantly rung on it even though of course the sim card

  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 42 his wife has recently died and he leaves his daughter Maya with his mother There is an element of the fairy tale about this and we see London as a foreign and unfamiliar land through Lev’s eyes Most of the pe

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    This review is from Th

  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 of a vast diaspora that is changing British society at this very momentI've been able to se

  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 be

  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

  8. says:

    The plot is fairly straightforward Lev has recently emigrated from an unnamed Eastern European country to find work in London He meets

  9. says:

    Review from 2009Tremain is clearly a talented writer with very descriptive writing good dialogue good pacing I f

  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