The Aftermath

The Aftermath post World War II Hamburg While thousands wander the rubble lost and homeless Colonel Lewis Morgan charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the denazification of its

  • Title: The Aftermath
  • Author: Rhidian Brook
  • ISBN: 9780307958266
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Aftermath

    1946, post World War II Hamburg While thousands wander the rubble, lost and homeless, Colonel Lewis Morgan, charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the denazification of its defeated people, is stationed in a grand house on the River Elbe He is awaiting the arrival of his wife, Rachael still grieving for their eldest son and their only survivin1946, post World War II Hamburg While thousands wander the rubble, lost and homeless, Colonel Lewis Morgan, charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the denazification of its defeated people, is stationed in a grand house on the River Elbe He is awaiting the arrival of his wife, Rachael still grieving for their eldest son and their only surviving son, Edmund But rather than force the owners of the house, a German widower and his rebellious daughter, out onto the streets, Lewis insists that the two families live together In this charged atmosphere, both parents and children will be forced to confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal, to their deepest desires, their fiercest loyalties, and the transforming power of forgiveness This courageous new novel from award winning author Rhidian Brook tells an emotionally riveting story of two families, one house, and love grown from hate.

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    1. Kimberly Coyle

      As a fan of historical fiction, I knew this book wouldn t have to work hard to win me over However, I didn t know how easily the characters would draw me into their lives into a world of motherless children and childless mothers, a world trying to live again amongst the rubble of broken buildings, bodies, and spirits Brook gets every nuance of grief just right, without sentimentality, but with hard truths He shows us how life is born from death, and how the broken seek and ultimately find a way [...]

    2. Chrissie

      It is not good when you start a book and don t believe in the feasibility of the characters first actions These actions didn t fit the characters personalities Once this feeling was lodged in my head I could never throw it off The characters, their relationships and their actions were not credible This is a book of historical fiction that depicts the first years after WW2 in Germany The setting is Hamburg and the year is 1946 What saved me from giving the book only one star is the accurate and i [...]

    3. Orsolya

      With the horrors of WWII, the Holocaust, and concentration camps little attention is given to the reconstruction of Germany the country and its civilians after the war This is precisely the focus of Rhidian Brook s novel, The Aftermath The Aftermath tells the story of Colonel Lewis Morgan, his wife Rachel and son Edmund, who are requisitioned into the home of German father Stefan Lubert and his daughter, Freda Instead of displacing the family, the kindly Colonel decides the house is big enough f [...]

    4. Roger Brunyate

      Soon to be a Major Motion Picture Soon to be a major motion picture proudly proclaims the book jacket And I am not surprised Rhidian Brook s novel has well developed characters, ample romance and danger, an important historical context, and significant moral issues The only major movie challenge would be to capture the devastation of Hamburg in 1946, the city still shattered by the 1943 fire bombings Brook writes well, easily shifting between different settings and points of view A bit too easil [...]

    5. Trish

      At first I really did not think I could write a review The topic of this book just hit too close to home And even now, after the silver lining at the end, there is a certain heaviness on my chest.This book is about a British Colonel, his wife and son who go to live in Hamburg, Germany, because the Colonel is in charge of rebuilding the city after WWII Colonel Lewis Morgan is a kind man Not really good at expressing his emotions which nearly drove me up the walls but he believes in humanity and f [...]

    6. Trish at Between My Lines

      Rating 2.5 stars.The Aftermath is set after WW2 in Germany Captain Lewis from the UK is overseeing the rebuilding of a war torn, bomb shocked Hamburg He resides in a manor house on the city outskirts with his wife Rachel and son Edmund However he makes the unusual decision not to dehouse the German family who currently live there and both families must somehow find a way to put aside their personal feelings and old grievances and live together.If I were to break up with this book, I would say It [...]

    7. Barb

      I haven t read a book set during the reconstruction after WWII, it was an interesting period and this novel has an equally interesting set up Colonel Lewis Morgan, stationed in Hamburg in 1946, has opted to share his requisitioned housing with the actual owners of the property rather than needlessly forcing the German family into a Displace Persons Camp The highly unusual situation makes a great spring board for Rhidian Brook s story, I love that the inspiration for this novel was Brook s grandf [...]

    8. Maine Colonial

      World War II, which historian Max Hastings called the greatest and most terrible event in human history, will never fail to be a subject that fascinates historians, novelists and readers Lately, though, it seems that the immediate aftermath of the war has caught writers interest Just off the top of my head, I can think of these books Tony Judt s Postwar, William I Hitchcock s The Bitter Road to Freedom A New History of the Liberation of Europe, Ian Buruma s Year Zero A History of 1945, and, on t [...]

    9. Paul

      Set immediately after the end of World War II, The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook tells the story of a Welsh Colonel, Lewis Morgan, who brings his family to Hamburg while he works on the nigh on impossible task of providing humanitarian aid to the Germans while clearing and repairing the damage caused to their country Allocated a large house by the military, Brook makes the unprecedented decision to allow the family whose house it is to continue living there alongside his own, rather than sending th [...]

    10. Robert Intriago

      After WW I the Allies punished the Germans and did not help them rebuild Some historians believe this led to WW II, specially Churchill This book deals with an English Colonel and his family sent to Hamburg to assist in the reconstruction of a defeated Germany after WW II The Colonel, Lewis Morgan, truly believes that it his duty to do the best he can in assisting the locals rebuild He encounters opposition from within the military, his spouse and some Germans This book deals with those struggle [...]

    11. Esil

      I was fortunate to win this book from GoodReads I really enjoyed reading it The time and setting Germany immediately after WWII were very interesting I also really enjoyed the writing, which at times was quirky rather than pretentious in the use of occasional rarely used words Mostly, I liked how the author easily conveyed the nuanced internal lives of the disparate but interconnected characters.

    12. Avi

      I very rarely do this but i am less than half way though and the story for me is dragging and the characters are mediocre After all the positive reviews I have seen about this book I thought I would be hooked but sadly that s not been the case So I have decided to stop reading it for now and perhaps try again in the future To all of those people that really want to read this, I recommend that you should as you may find it a great read from the beginning.

    13. Lindsay

      The year is 1946, and the setting is a country that has been destroyed, where we are taken to a city that lies in ruins, and introduced to a people, many of whom have been displaced and are hungry This is Hamburg, Germany and this is the scene of this remarkable novel Colonel Lewis Morgan is entrusted with the role of overseeing the rebuilding of Hamburg in the British Occupied Zone of the newly carved up post World War II Germany, and with the de Nazification of the people His wife Rachael and [...]

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    15. Andrew Robins

      Warning contains mild spoilers I ummed and aahed about what rating to give this I settled on 2.5 stars, then remembered you can t do half stars, so ummed and aahed a bit and opted to round up to three stars.This book was a bit odd for me I love history, particularly World War Two and after I also love historical fiction This book seemed to tick both those boxes for me, so I was sure I d really like it.And that is the strange thing I did like lots of things about it He s a good writer, it s an i [...]

    16. Anthony Strzalek

      I have never found a book that I wasn t able to put down before but this exciting and dramatic novel came pretty close to changing that Set in 1946 during the British de Nazification program, The Aftermath is a wonderfully written heart warming yet tragic tale about a British officer and his family living alongside their German counterparts in the latter s Hamburg home.A British officer, Colonel Lewis Smith, distanced from his wife by the death of their son and sympathetic to a defeated German p [...]

    17. Jeanette

      This made my top 5 reads in all genres for 2013.We are in Hamburg, Germany in the year 1946 turning to 1947 A British contingent of officers are being put into German homes that are still standing on the River Elbe and having their wives join them Some for the first time in many years And this particular couple will share a large manor with the German owner and his daughter The writing is basically full boat outstanding The plot mesmerizing and the attractions and dynamics mind searing After rea [...]

    18. Katy Noyes

      Review of a First Reads copy.This sounded promising a huge bidding war, already actioned to be made into a major film.And it gripped It really did Telling the story of post war Germany, a piece of history I realised I hadn t thought much about not the concentration camp victims, not the bombed Londoners, but the starving, decimated German people , we follow Colonel Lewis Morgan who has been given a house in 1946 for his family He offers to continue to share it with the previous German owners, He [...]

    19. Maria

      This novel isn t long enough that s the best compliment that can ever be paid to a book The history, and the notion of the history that followed the history, set against the cinematic coldness of North Germany in the grip of a famously bitter winter, invites the reader straight in to look for a beginning, a reason, a warm hearth Against this backdrop, the pleasure comes from attuning to the swell and retreat of Lewis , Rachael s and Lubert s emotions, heightened as they are by the unique circums [...]

    20. Ian Bright

      This is a lovely book It can be read on several levels On one level it is a story, told well, that can be read at ease while commuting or relaxing But as you read, you notice the author likes to play with words Turns of phrase make you smile and words not often used are placed carefully to finesse a scene At times you may be tempted to stop and refer to a dictionary to ensure you have the precise definition but you may also choose to go with the flow and simply enjoy the craft of a wordsmith.On [...]

    21. AdiTurbo

      World War II has just ended, but the different Ally armies are still around, trying to help Germany recover They bring in their families from their home countries, and prepare for a long stay by taking over German houses and driving the families that own them out of them But one British colonel who is offered such a house for himself, his wife and young son, is not very happy to drive the German family that owns it out Instead, he lets them stay in the upper floor of the house, claiming that the [...]

    22. Sterlingcindysu

      I think the premise of this book was so creative when an English officer gets a grand German villa requisitioned for his family s use during the rebuilding of Hamburg after WWII, he invites the current family to stay in the attic apartment Without that gesture they will be sent to camps to live so it s generous than it seemsbut only a few months earlier they were enemies dropping countless bombs on each other losing family members Could you really live in a house together and be secure It turns [...]

    23. Brian Francis

      Sometimes, books reflect our own experiences And, at other times, books act as doorframes into circumstances that we might not have considered before The Aftermath shines a spotlight on what Germany was like following the end of second World War, specifically what happens when a British family moves into the home of a German architect and his daughter The novel is many things part history, romance and psychological thriller but for me, its greatest strength was delving into a period of history t [...]

    24. Rosiemae Burton

      I have fallen in love with this book This was beautifully written, had interesting plotline the characters are were all developed brilliantly I love the themes of love, struggles, loss, redemption fear and I enjoyed the slightly different angle of war that this novel was based on I loved everything about this book my favourite I ve read this year so far.

    25. Colleen Turner

      I reviewed this book for luxuryreading.I am always intrigued to discover the inspirations that lead an author to write a book It seems there are nearly unlimited sources to draw from conversations, research, accidental occurrences but my favorites happen to be personal experiences and family history When I decided to read The Aftermath I had no idea the author drew on his grandfather s experiences in war torn Germany after World War II or even the complicated dynamics men like his grandfather fa [...]

    26. Leah

      When the battle s lost and won The setting is post WW2 Hamburg, a city destroyed by the Allied forces, where the inhabitants are not only struggling with poverty and homelessness, but are also trying to come to terms with the horrors they have lived through Colonel Lewis Morgan of the occupying British forces is expecting the arrival of his wife and son and has been allocated a requisitioned house on the banks of the Elbe But Morgan feels guilty about taking the home from its owner so, despite i [...]

    27. Tempo de Ler

      O Despertar do Mundo leva nos at devastada Alemanha de 1945, um ano ap s o final da Segunda Guerra Mundial e bem perto da eclos o da Guerra Fria O interessant ssimo per odo hist rico j seria o suficiente para nos despertar a curiosidade, mas Rhidian Brook eleva a fasquia ao optar por contar a sua hist ria atrav s da rara perspectiva de quem perdeu se que houveram realmente vencedoresFraccionada em quatro zonas divididas pela Fran a, Reino Unido, R ssia e EUA, a Alemanha vasculhada em busca de cu [...]

    28. Chloe

      I have just finished reading Aftermath and I absolutely loved it It was thoroughly engaging so after I finally managed to make time to read it, I found I couldn t stop I kept looking forward to train journeys and breaks at work so I could continue which is always the mark of something good.The concept is immediately intriguing, a British Officer after World War 2 is sent to live in a requisitioned German family s house It is far grander than anything he or his family is used to, and involves tur [...]

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