The Road Home
On the coach, Lev chose a seat near the back and he sat huddled against the window, staring out at the land he was leaving. . . . Lev is on his way to Britain to seek work, so that he can send money back to Eastern Euro...more
The journey begins with Lev's bus journey from his home in Poland 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 app...more
What I loved about the book was mostly the array of people we come across: the crazy friend back home with his "Tchevi", Lydia whose...more
This is the premise for Tremain's novel The Road Home, about protagonist Lev: an migrant worker who is forced to leave his...more
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 lo...more
The Road Home was terribly sentimental, and the outcome was very predictable. The main purpose of some of the characters, such as Lydia and Eva, seemed to be to add a little complexity to what was really a very simple story. The events of the story unfolded in a London so diverse and interesting, I am not sure it really exists. The book may have been flawed in many ways, but I loved it! This book made me feel good about having read it, a pleasure which happens all too ra...more
The Road Home tells the story of Lev. Unemployed and grieving for his dead wife, he leaves Eastern Europe for London, where he seeks work to support his ailing m...more
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...more
In spite of his circumstances, Lev has lots of good luck - too much to be credible in the opinion of many of the Avid Readers group - but I have a sneaking suspicion that the author may have been a little in love with her creation: she made bad things happen to him, but then couldn't bear to see him struggle for too long. Another criticism made in our discussion was that Lev's outbursts of temper were inconsistent with his char...more
Rose Tremain, "phenomenally adept at slipping into skins very different from her own" (Los Angeles Times), persuasively explores the contemporary immigrant experience through the eyes of a middle-aged, Eastern European man. Lev is not a caricature or a stereotype
Initially I didn't think I'd be interested, because the plot description is: "42-year-old Lev has left his mother and child in his village in Eastern Europe to seek work in London." The story is of his experience in London. This did not sound particularly interesting to me, but I thoroughly enjoyed a book by Rose Tremain last week ("Trespass"), and so, I tried this one, the only other one by Tremain on the Kindle. And I loved it. As with many good books, the subject matter is...more
Lev is a middle aged widower from an unnamed Eastern European country. He loses his job in a lumber yard because "they ran out of trees." In an effort to support his mother and his young daughter he travels to London where he has been told he can live on 20 pounds a week. As he says,"I am going to their country and I'm going to make them share it with me: their infernal luck." Lev...more
I was less convinced by Tremain's satire on the London arts scene. These characters - amoral, superficial, vain, empty of all meaning - seemed to have wandered in from another novel entirely. It's not even that they were badly written, just that they clashed so badly with the subtlety wi...more
The story is about a 44 year old Russian man named Lev who leaves his small village to make money in England to support his aging mother and young daughter. His experiences seem v...more
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 t...more