The Welsh Girl

The Welsh Girl

Book - 2008
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Set in the stunning landscape of North Wales just after D-Day, Peter Ho Davies's profoundly moving first novel traces the intersection of disparate lives in wartime. When a POW camp is established near her village, seventeen-year-old barmaid Esther Evans finds herself strangely drawn to the camp and its forlorn captives. She is exploring the camp boundary when the astonishing occurs: Karsten, a young German corporal, calls out to her from behind the fence. From that moment on, the twofoster a secret relationship that will ultimately put them both at risk. Meanwhile, another foreigner, the German-Jewish interrogator Rotherham, travels to Wales to investigate Britain's most notorious Nazi prisoner, Rudolf Hess. In this richly drawn and thought-provoking work, all will come to question where they belong and where their loyalties lie.
Publisher: Mariner Books 2008.
ISBN: 9780618918522
0618918523
Branch Call Number: F Davi
Additional Contributors: Davies, Peter Ho

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Asheligh
Aug 07, 2016

"It's a hypothesis, you see, but the problem with a hypothesis is you don't know it's true until you test it. You can't believe a thing is possible until you do it. Yet until you do it, why even ask if you should? there's no morality about the impossible, Captain. To us, you must understand, this was like climbing Everest, like going to the moon. We couldn't believe such a thing was possible, and that's how we could do it."

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Asheligh
Aug 07, 2016

it allowed the men to be afraid, gave them license to experience those fears they could never talk about to each other. It's escapism, he knows, rather than escape, but he's gone along with all the rest, if only to watch the newsreels.

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Asheligh
Aug 07, 2016

"King Arthur," she'd scoffed. "You and your blooming birthright!"

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Asheligh
Aug 07, 2016

Only months after leaving school, reading one night, she came across a passage of dialogue, a character cursing, the line printed only as "---!" and it dawned on her. Of course! what a dashed fool she'd been to miss it. suddenly it seem the most literary of swear words. Not a word at all really

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Asheligh
Aug 07, 2016

But when he sees the boy running uphill, the planes whipping over the long grass, banking around tree trunks, sailing towards the crest, it comes to Karsten that this is what he has wanted all along, for the planes to go where he cant.

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Asheligh
Aug 07, 2016

It's the inevitable male remedy for sleeplessness

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