Books Magazine

Review: The Welsh Girl

By Bookaholic @BookReflections

Review: The Welsh Girl
The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies
Pages: 333 (paperback)
Genre: Historical Fiction
From the Back Cover:
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 two foster 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.

My Rating:Review: The Welsh Girl
My Review:
The Welsh Girl offers a very unique story.  Set during World War II, this novel introduces us to the Welsh countryside where the Welsh struggle with resentment toward both the Germans and the English.  The story is told through the eyes of three very different characters.  Esther, a 17 year-old Welsh farm girl and part-time barmaid, is attracted to the English soldiers, who she met working at the bar--before the soldiers were banned.  While the naturalistic Welsh still view the English with resentment and distrust, she doesn't view them as the enemy.  Karsten is a German POW who feel shame for surrendering instead of fighting till death.  And finally, Rothertam, a British Captain who resents the fact that is he is thought of first as a Jew and not as a British officer.
This is a thought-provoking book where you might just lose sight whose side you are on.  Central themes include national identity, betrayal, and cultural expectations.  The story is beautiful and convincing.  All the characters struggle with their identity with drastically different results and consequences.  It's really hard to describe this story because it's greatness lies in the character development (of even the smallest character), the fluid storytelling, and emotional connection.  It is complex without being confusing.  Though set during World War II, it is not depressing.  However, it is rather deep and perhaps not the best choice if you are looking for a lighter read.
Has anyone else read this book?  What did you think?  This is a rather deep novel with many themes and questions that are relevant even today.  What is your preference on these types of books?  Do you like them deep or lighthearted?

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Emojis Can Be Used to Show Intent ?

    There has been a lot of talk about emojis when it comes to domain names. It now seems that they are moving their way to be used in court proceedings. Read more

    6 hours, 41 minutes ago by   Worldwide
  • French Onion Chicken

    French Onion Chicken

    I have long been a huge fan of the flavours of French Onion Soup . . . caramelised onion, sweet and succulent . . . cheese . . . toast . . . garlic . . .... Read more

    7 hours, 41 minutes ago by   Mariealicerayner
  • Suffer the Little Children - Manchester Monday

    Suffer Little Children Manchester Monday

    As on other occasions recently, I find myself unable to write to theme for this week's blog. In fact I have been sitting here for over an hour trying to find a... Read more

    9 hours, 8 minutes ago by   Ashleylister
  • Pandan Chiffon (cooking Method)

    Pandan Chiffon (cooking Method)

    这是我吃过的最好吃的班兰戚风!不夸张,没骗你。这个戚风蛋糕体真的是鬆软到可以做瑜伽,忍不住要小心翼翼地捧在手心。一口一口吃到班兰和椰奶的香,太棒了!Pandan Chiffon (cooking method)(recipe adapted from Wen's Delight)Ingredients:5 egg... Read more

    11 hours ago by   Cathysjoy
  • Chris Blue Winner of The Voice Debuts at No. 1 on Hot Gospel Songs Chart

    Chris Blue Winner Voice Debuts Gospel Songs Chart

    ChristianNews You better let your light shine Chris Blue!!!!!! The  12th season of NBC’s The Voice winner Chris Blue — a worship leader at Cokesbury United... Read more

    The 24 May 2017 by   Firstladyb
  • Movie Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ (Second Opinion)

    Movie Review: ‘Guardians Galaxy Vol. (Second Opinion)

    Movie Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' (Second Opinion) Plot: Set several months after the events of the first film, the Guardians of the Galaxy are o... Read more

    The 24 May 2017 by   House Of Geekery
  • Bravery is an Option, Not an Obligation

    It’s interesting to note that in a world where people constantly claim anyone with a conscience or a complaint is being a “special snowflake”, stoicism is... Read more

    The 24 May 2017 by   The Guyliner