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22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson
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Apr 13, 2011

it was ok

22 Britannia Road was a well written novel. It alternates between the present (post-WWII England) and the past (just prior to and during the war). The story also alternates between the points of view of Janusz and his wife, Silvana. Even though the story constantly bounces back and forth, Hodgkinson handles it seamlessly. I was never confused or felt jarred by the transition from past to present or from husband to wife's point of view.

The problem I had with 22 Britannia Road is that it was so dang depressing. I can't think of one happy moment in the whole book. Even the chapters dealing with Janusz and Silvana's courtship, a time that was meant to be a happy time for both of them, was tinged with the sense of devastation to come.

If you don't mind reading a depressing story, then you might enjoy this book. Like I said, it was well-written. Unfortunately for me, the never-ending gloom of the story kept me from really liking it.

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