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Everyone Brave is Forgiven av Chris Cleave
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Everyone Brave is Forgiven (utgåvan 2016)

av Chris Cleave (Författare)

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London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war, until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she'd be a marvelous spy. When she is, bewilderingly, made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary.… (mer)
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Titel:Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Författare:Chris Cleave (Författare)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2016), Edition: First Edition, 432 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
Taggar:World War II, London, historical fiction

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Everyone Brave is Forgiven av Chris Cleave

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Wenige Minuten nachdem der Krieg erklärt wurde, hat sich Mary North als Freiwillige verpflichtet. Sie hatte bestimmte Vorstellung davon, was sie nun erwartet, aber dann muss sie feststellen, dass sie als Hilfslehrerin Dienst tun muss. Doch wider Erwarten gefällt ihr gefällt das Unterrichten. Aber bei der Evakuierung der Kinder erfährt sie, dass man sie nicht mehr will. Wenig später lernt sie Tom kennen, der bei der Schulbehörde arbeitet. Sie mag ihn, aber sie möchte auch seine Hilfe, um wieder unterrichten zu können. Aber als sie Toms Freund Alistair kennenlernt, fühlt sie sich auch zu ihm hingezogen. Der jedoch hat sich freiwillig gemeldet und zieht in den Krieg. Mary und Alistair bleiben brieflich aber in Kontakt.
Anhand des Titels hatte ich eine Liebesgeschichte erwartet, doch das Buch bietet so viel mehr, denn die Liebe steht nicht im Vordergrund. Es ist eine Zeitgeschichte, die das Schreckliche des Krieges beschreibt und wie die Menschen in versucht haben zu überleben und nicht an den Grausamkeiten zugrunde zu gehen. Das alles ist sehr erschütternd.
Der Schreibstil des Autors hat mir gut gefallen. Die Erzählperspektiven wechseln, so dass man ein gutes umfassendes Bild bekommt.
Die Charaktere sind sehr authentisch beschrieben. Mary ist ein Mädchen aus gutem Haus. Sie weiß, dass die Familie es nicht billigen wird, dass sie sich freiwillig meldet und geht geschickt vor, das ihr keine Knüppel in den Weg geworfen werden können. Sie ist jung und hat keine Ahnung vom Leben und so naiv verhält sie sich anfangs auch. Aber die Umstände bringen sie dazu, sich zu ändern und sie entwickelt sich zu einer jungen Frau, die auch Verantwortung für andere übernimmt. Mir hat es gefallen, wie sie sich um den kleinen schwarzen Jungen Zachary kümmert, der unter Rassismus zu leiden hat. Marys sympathische Freundin Hilda steht mit beiden Beinen auf dem Boden und ist Mary eine wirklich gute Freundin. Tom ist ein Mensch, der nicht so recht von dieser Welt ist; er ist ein wenig verträumt und so ganz anders als sein Freund Alistair, der immer weiß, was er will. Mary liebt beide Männer, aber ihre Gefühle für Alistair sind tiefer.
Eine berührende Geschichte in schrecklichen Zeiten, die mir sehr gut gefallen hat. ( )
  buecherwurm1310 | Feb 4, 2021 |
"The true moments of one's life were sadder for the fact that they must always be synchronized with the ordinary: with rail timetables, with breaks in the traffic."
This quote illustrates Cleave's amazing writing ability and his ability to seem like he is right in my head.
This book was amazing. It is hard to believe that someone could write something else about WWII but here it is. In all it's violence, mess and unpredictability. The scene where Mary is looking at the dead in the river is just one heart-wrenching scene among many, many more.
Make sure to read the Author's notes, but have a tissue handy. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
This was an easy book to follow as an audiobook. A lot of time was spent on detailing the characters' daily lives and their thoughts which made the plot a little slow. The overall plot was okay but a little predictable. ( )
  mplantenga11 | Nov 13, 2020 |
I'm disappointed yet this is not a bad book. Like several said it took awhile to really get into the story. Once to the meat of the story it was very enjoyable and really appreciated Chris Cleave's writing. He set a tone in his writing that emphasized the story and complemented the individuals and the situations they were experiencing. It even made the rather slow first introduction to the characters come alive as it truly fit comfortably with the overall story and gave a feel and understanding to the emotions that were to come. Then came the conclusion, I read it over several times and I felt empty. Maybe it is an ending that fit the story as it would be impossible to truly concluded the story without spoiling it. It was appropriate but wanting; then again the characters were truly wanting yet needing, lost in a situation and world they, and probably no one else, was prepared for.

Just to make it clear, I plan on reading Chris Cleave's Little Bee as this book make appreciate his writing. ( )
  can44okie | Aug 28, 2020 |
EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN is about bravery. Most of the book takes place in England at the start of World War II and before the United States joins them. Mary wants to join the war effort right away so is assigned teaching duties. Later she joins her friend Hilda as an ambulance driver. London is a dangerous place to live, and they choose to volunteer for even greater danger.

At first I found these chapters to be too young adultish, especially those about Mary's romance with Tom, a school administrator. But the chapters about Tom's roommate, Alistair, after he joins the army are excellent. These kept me going for about 100 pages, until I loved it all. (That is in spite of Mary's strange family. They are very rich. Mary's father never appears. Her mother seems untouched by the war. Neither parent seems to care much about Mary. Sometimes she lives with them, sometimes not. That doesn't seem to concern them, even when she is only 18.)

EVERYONE BRAVE IS FORGIVEN shows us the hardships of the beginning of World War II not only to the English military but also to English citizens. What a relief it is to them when the US arrives. ( )
  techeditor | Jun 17, 2020 |
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Everyone Brave is Forgiven is a story of the Second World War in all of its nastiness and depravity. Cleave is now working on a sequel, with the same characters, that will take place during the first three years of peace after the war.

Cleave is a powerful writer, leaving readers with vivid and uncompromising images and stories. In Little Bee, Incendiary and Gold, he told the truth, unflinchingly. Everyone Brave is Forgiven is the same, and readers won’t soon forget it.
 
Throughout the novel, Cleave portrays the visceral experiences of war with skill and empathy, whether it’s Alistair’s repeated near annihilation in Malta or the catastrophic effects of the blitz. There are moments of genuine terror – particularly during Mary and Hilda’s ordeals as ambulance drivers attending to London’s bombed-out victims – in which Cleave reveals his talent for pacing and tension. His engagement with themes of racism, class, female empowerment and the emotional dislocations induced by war lend the novel social and historical depth in scenes that are both intricately researched and evocatively conveyed...With Everyone Brave Is Forgiven Cleave cements his reputation as a skilful storyteller, and a sensitive chronicler of the interplay between the political and the personal.
 
Chris Cleave’s powerful and moving fourth novel, Everyone Brave is Forgiven, is a period piece that sits alongside the likes of Pat Barker’s Noonday, Andrea Levy’s Small Island and Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch....If I’ve made it sound at all unexpectedly lighthearted, then I’ve done some justice to Cleave’s tone. Despite their increasingly straitened and entangled circumstances – and he doesn’t shy away from gory descriptions of death and destruction either – Cleave’s characters hold their upper lips stiff with a brace of humour.
 
“Everyone Brave Is Forgiven” is a narrative of redemption. All the same, it leaves the novel with significant problems because it flattens out the conflicts, rendering them more as device or backdrop than transformative experience....This is the difficulty with looking back at such a paradigm-shifting event as World War II: 50 million dead, a continent destroyed, and the anxiety of all those years spent in the shadow of devastation, of not knowing what each day might bring. “Everyone Brave Is Forgiven” pays lip service to such issues, but it can’t, or doesn’t want to, deal with the complexities; there is no room for them in the story Cleave aspires to tell.
 
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London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war, until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she'd be a marvelous spy. When she is, bewilderingly, made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary.

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