The road home



The road homeIn 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 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 Wealthy West, Lives Largely For His Battered Chevrolet.Homesickness 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 Lead.

Rose Tremain s best selling novels have won many awards, including the Baileys Women s Prize, the Whitbread Novel of the Year, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Prix Femina Etranger Restoration, the first of her novels to feature Robert Merivel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer Richard Holmes.

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  • Hardcover
  • 411 pages
  • The road home
  • Rose Tremain
  • English
  • 16 November 2017
  • 9780316002615

10 thoughts on “The road home

  1. Lance Greenfield says:

    Fiction so convincing that it could be a true story.The 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 no...

  2. Zina 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 will have remained in the stolen phone so no one would know his new numberand so on But then, take her main character, Lev, who comes from an unnamed Baltic country which has just become an EU accession state he was latterly a manual worker in a wood mill, until it closed because there were no trees left to process, yet his speech patterns in his native tongue veer from the almost stupid to the incredibly wordy his inner life doesn t seem to belong to a man of his life experience and background He falls for a young, plump kitchen worker in an upmarket restaurant where he does the washing up She speaks of emporia Really I doubt she d know the word, and if she did, she d say emporiums There is something as...

  3. Paul 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 people who are kindest to Lev are also similar to him Lev works in a variety of restaurants and take aways and for a brief while on the land in East Anglia He also helps out in a care home for older people, manages to fall in and out of love and finds a friend in a divorced Irishman called Christy Lev sends money home and develops a dream of returning to his own country to open his own restaurant if only if he could raise enough money There you have it there are some engaging characters, especially Christy and Rudi Lev s best friend back home and it does feel a little like a fairytale There are a couple of coincidences and plot turns which reinforce this At times the dialogue doesn t sit easily and there is one particular moment of violence which strikes a discordant note The reader spends most of the book in Lev s head and he is likeable until one act which feels very out of character and is difficult to reconcile with what has gone before Apart from that one note the characters are flawed and...

  4. Susan Johnson says:

    This review is from The Road Home A Novel Paperback This is a truly moving story about a man who loses everything His wife dies and his job is finished so he moves to England to make a new start He is still mourning, hoomesick and ill prepared to make this transition Yet every day he gets up and chooses life He finds work, learns a new trade, finds housing, makes friends and gets a girlfriend He never gets over his homesickness but he makes steps forward each and every day He plans a future and works for it.Truly an incredible book about a man who overcomes each and every obstacle and never loses his focus His focus is providing for his family and living a life with meaning It just spoke to me about his choices to just live his life The best book I ...

  5. Marieke says:

    From the jacket blurb, this sounded really promising An important contemporary issue Culturally relevant Immediate Orange Prize winner Like 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 moment.I ve been able to see some of the effects of the wave of Eastern European mostly Polish immigration here in Scotland over the past couple years A Polish deli opened here in Oban and then almost immediately closed down again People complained in the newspaper about the bus drivers not speaking English English classes have been in high demand Many of these newcomers have now left, perhaps gone back home to families with some money in their pockets.This book was disappointing on so many levels There were the niggly little things that bugged me throughout, which a good editor should have eliminated For instance, Tremain went to GREAT lengths to avoid giving Lev a specific country of origin Every time he met someone from his country which happened pretty often you could see Tremain doing an elaborate dance of avoidance around THE COUNTRY WHICH MUST NOT BE NAMED Awkward.The list of unbelievable moments is pretty long, as is the list of unconvincing characters Some examples Newcomer Lev s mobile phone rings during the opening of a fancy classical concert he runs away Mortifyingly idio...

  6. Dolors says:

    An actual novel which stands out for its realism and easy approach.This 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 beloved village, Baryn.London is the city where he travels to, weary and ignorant of his fate, harassed by mourning memories of her deceased wife, he has to struggle to find a decent life and a new sense of belonging in this strange city.I think I really loved this novel And I say I think because it wasn t after having finished the book and after having fallen asleep with the last chapter on my mind that I realised how affected I was by Lev s story.He was flesh and bones, so real did he feel to me I found myself sympathising with him at the beginning, then hating him oftener that I thought possible, and partly understanding him by the end of the novel.He is a haunted character, passionate and selfish and very human He doesn t act as he should sometimes, specially where...

  7. Vanya Prodanova says:

    , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 20 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , This book is total bullshit , .

  8. Susan says:

    4.5 There is so much in the media about immigration these days, sadly, much of it giving a very negative view, and quoting 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 I became very invested in his story.the author made me care about him, and feel the emotions he was feeling.We meet Lev as he travels by bus, across Europe, on a journey that he hopes will take him towards new opportunities in London, and allow him to leave behind the grief and uncertainty that was his life in his own country.He also leaves behind his young Daughter, convincing himself that he will earn enough money in England to allow him to improve her life once he returns.He finds life in London confusing and frightening, and the tiny amount of money he s brought with him certainly isn t going to sustain him, but he s determined, and slowly but surely, and with the help and kindness of those he meets along the way, he makes a kind of life for himself.The pull of his family and friends back home is always there, and as he strives to improve his life, learning new skills, we learn of what his life had been, and why he felt he had to leave it behind..at least for a while.This is a book full of great characters, which tells the story ...

  9. Veronica 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 a good read, with a topical subject a Polish man who has to come to find work in the UK to support his mother and daughter back in Poland I liked Lev he was a believable character, and most of the ups and downs of his life in Britain were realistic though he was much luckier than most new immigrants when he found a job in a very smart restaurant On the other hand it was rather predictable that he would end up at some point picking asparagus and living in a caravan.The book mingles humour and pathos well, and is good at conveying the sense of alienation and loneliness felt by an unwilling immigrant who knows he will never really belong, and his return home is not all sweetness and light I also liked the way he almost accidentally discovered something he really wanted to do So I did enjoy it and found it a satisfying read in m...

  10. Laura says:

    Tremain s writing sweeps you off like a soft stroll through fall leaves It is completely effortless, and you are completely immersed in her world from the first page The characters, many of whom come from different cultures and backgrounds, are real people They just are, and you never question it The story, although interesting, isn t the big dr...

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