Carry Me

Carry Me

eBook - 2016
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The award-winning author of The O'Briens and The Law of Dreams now gives us a devastating novel of love and family set in the violent years between 1914 and 1938 as Europe staggers between two world wars. Our narrator is Billy: born to a German father and Irish mother on the Isle of Wight summer estate of the German-Jewish Baron von Weinbrenner. This is the story of Billy and the baron's entrancing daughter, Karin, and the dangerous paths they travel as their childhood attachment deepens to a complex love overshadowed by the rise of the Nazis. Their story takes us from a golden Edwardian summer on the Isle of Wight to London under Zeppelin attack to Ireland on the brink of its War of Independence and at last to Germany in the darkening Weimar period, where Billy and Karin come of age in a country wounded by war and seething with hatreds. On Baron von Weinbrenner's stud farm outside Frankfurt, they share a passion for racehorses and for the Wild West novels of Karl May, whose dream of escape to El Llano Estacado, a richly imagined New Mexico landscape, becomes a powerful beacon of freedom as Germany marches toward Hitler, war, and the Holocaust. Richly imagined, deeply researched, and profoundly moving, Carry Me is a love story, a historical epic, and a powerful meditation on the violence of Europe's 20th century.
Publisher: [New York] : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2016
ISBN: 9781101870518
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jun 19, 2017

Probably ranks in my top ten favourite novels.

May 03, 2017

I loved this book. It's a family saga of wide range and poignancy, seen through the eyes of the youngest member of a family haunted by chance and war. Hitler's takeover of Germany is well described as the horror and terror of being Jewish increase and the lives of those not Jewish are become interwined with one Jewish baronial family are also affected. I recommend this highly!

Dec 02, 2016

Quintessential literary novel. Some good ideas, but all over the map as regards story-telling. I couldn't plough all the way through.

Nov 26, 2016

I liked it, but thought it could have been a bit shorter. It helps us understand what it was like in Germany for the Germans who weren't Nazis.

May 30, 2016

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Feb 24, 2018

The lives of two young people (with mixed Irish and German) heritage growing up in England, Ireland and Germany during WW1 and the period between WW1 and WW2. A good reminder of what was going on in Germany in the time between the two wars.


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