22 Britannia Road
In this story, a newlywed couple and there infant son are separated when Poland is invaded by German forces and must go to war to keep their country. Janusz, the father, is requ...more
Ex-AS-perating! Could have been so much more.
The writing was actually decent enough that I could have given it three stars, but by the time I got to the end I was tearing my hair out in frustration at what she chose to include and what she chose to leave out of the story. I was left with a feeling of pointlessness. 2.5 stars
Disclaimer: I received this book for free thro...more
Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2011: By the end of World War II, Silvana is a ghost of the wife Janusz once had. She and their 7-year-old son Aurek travel from Poland to England to reunite their family--a family that has been separated for 6 years. That's where 22 Britannia Road, Amanda Hodgkinson's stunning debut novel, begins. As the past unfolds from multiple points of view, it becomes clear that despite their determination to make a fresh start, the hidden secrets o...more
Janusk Nowak is separated from his wife, Silvana, and their baby son, Aurek, as Hitler invades Poland. He is trying to enlist in the Polish Army to fight the Nazis, but an air strike delays him. When it becomes clear that if Janusz remains in Poland he will be killed, he joins Bruno and Franuk in...more
A married couple in Poland are separated at the outbreak of the War. He is with the military and comes to England...more
Öncelikle kitabın çevirisi , son derece sade ve akıcıydı .Kitapta sizi yorabilecek tek unsur;
yazarın anlatım tarzından kaynaklanan , geçmişle –şimdiki zamana gidip gelmesi ve de olayları anlatırken hem kadın karakterin(Silvana ) ağzından hem de erkek karakterin(Janusz)
ağzından olayları anlatmasıdır .
Kitabın konusu ise ; birbiriyle yeni evlenmiş bir çiftin ( Silvana ve Janusz )...more
Sure the book is about the war. But at the same time it i...more
I often read books set during World War II and most of them focus on the years during the war, the unspeakable atrocities that occurred, and how people managed to survive despite the odds stacked against them. This story was told from a...more
The portrayal of World War II in 22 Britannia Road doesn't hold back, which I really appreciated, but unfortunately I found it came across as emotionally stilted - which maybe was the point. These were characters hardened by war and had lived through torturous years apart when the war separated the recently married couple. But I still couldn't help wanting more. I wanted to empathize and root for these characters and their relationship, but didn't seem to be able to. Unf...more
The confusion of war meant that Janusz was not long with his unit and Silvana couldn’t remain in their apartment. After the war, there must have bee...more
Unlike so many books about the effects of World War II, 22 Brittania Road offers an achingly intimate picture of the true tragedy of the war: the terror that it inflicted on its victims. Amanda Hodgkinson's debut novel quietly but firmly forces us to look at the true consequences of our action...more
The novel tells the story of a Polish couple who...more
Amanda Hodgkinson creates some memorable, if occasionally completely unlikeable, characters in 22 Britannia Road. The book opens with Janusz waiting at Victoria Station for his wife and son, some time after the end of WWII. Both husband and wife have changed deeply since the war, and it has been six years since they've seen each other. During that t...more
It wasn't until (p. 285) the line where Silvana tells the truth about her boy. The boy who she saved from the dangers of war in Poland is not her son but somebody else's child. Her and Janusz's real son...more
When Poland is invaded Janusz leaves to join the Army and makes absolutely no preparations for his wife and newborn. He does not get them to his parents. He just leaves. Silvana seems to go into some type of protective shell and does nothing. It reminded me of when I was diagnosed with cancer. Somehow your mind shuts down and you hear people but they sound so far off- not...more
Skip ahead a few years and the war is over, but its scars remain. Janusz has relocated to England with every intention of becoming a proper Englishman. Word of his wife’s and son’s survival compels him to send for them in the hopes t...more
This book is about a young Polish couple who fall in love right before WWII begins. They get married and Silvana becomes pregnant and gives birth to a boy named Aurek. Janusz is her husband and soon after his son is born, he leaves to join up with the army. On his way to his post, the train he is riding on comes under fire from the Germans. The Germans open fire on the to-be soldiers that are taking a break outside the train. Janusz hits his h...more
“22 Britannia Road” by Amanda Hodgkinson has a similar tone to another book I recently enjoyed, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet”. Since my weakness is history, I am joyful when I learn something new about history that escaped my limited education.