A British colonel’s wife must share her house with a German family during the bitter Hamburg winter of 1946. Will tensions arise?
To be honest, war fiction really isn’t my thing and as a result I found it nearly impossible to connect with the characters on any level at all. It was still an OK book, but the strengths lay in the representation of a crushed, defeated Germany in the years following World War 2.
What probably annoyed me most was how much all of the relationships within the story were driven by sexuality and the drive to fulfil that need therein. I know it is a basic human need (thank you, Freud) and obviously post-World War II Germany was a very cold, desolate, poverty-stricken place, but really?? The relationship between Stefan Lubert and Rachel seemed rather pointless. Throw them together just because you can, and there you have it. There really didn’t seem to be any outcome to that, either. Just bring Frau Lubert back because you can. Amnesia (how convenient?) and then you don’t have to deal with any unpleasant consequences, plot-wise.
Over all, if post-WW2 Germany is your thing, then maybe give this a go. Otherwise, don’t feel like you have to buy this book just because its on a Buy 1 Get One Half Price deal at Waterstones.
Apparently this book is going to be made into a film at some point. Indeed, that will be an interesting sight to see.
MY RATING: ** / *****