CHARACTERS à Prague Spring

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CHARACTERS à Prague Spring ´ ❮Download❯ ➾ Prague Spring ➹ Author Simon Mawer – Horticulturetrader.co.uk New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Room Simon Mawer returns to Czechoslovakia this time during the turbulent 1960s with a suspenseful story that mixes sex politics and betrayal In the summ New York Times beNew York Times bestselling author of The Glass Room Simon Mawer returns to Czechoslovakia this time during the turbulent s with a suspenseful story that mixes sex politics and betrayal In the summer of a year of love and hate of Prague Spring and Cold War winter Oxford students James Borthwick and Eleanor Pike set out to hitchhike across Europe complicating a budding friendship that could be something Having reached southern Germany t. A novel about the intertwined lives of four people who meet in Czechoslovakia during the “Prague Spring” of 1968 James and Ellie are students hitchhiking through Europe during their summer break Sam is a diplomat at the British Embassy who is involved with a Czech woman Lenka Most of the text is taken up with the ups and downs of the two relationships This is my third Simon Mawer novel and I would say that in this respect it follows the same pattern as the previous twoI didn’t dislike the book but thought it a bit lacklustre The setting interested me I couldn’t say the characterisation was faulty nor could I pick holes in the plot but overall it never really came alive for me I listened to this on audiobook something I mainly do in the car I found it moderately diverting without ever feeling any regret when I turned it off at the end of a journey As you can imagine the last section features the Soviet invasion and that got my attention a bit than the rest of the book At several points the novel contained scenes that were a sort of contrived history lesson for example one scene where Sam meets Lenka’s mother and another where James and Ellie are put up by a German woman and her nephew Anyone who reads my reviews will know I’m a keen history reader but it’s not really what I’m looking for in fiction I will admit though that through this novel I learned about a real life woman called Milada Horàkovà and she certainly seems to be someone worth rememberingThe novel features numerous Czech place names as well as bursts of dialogue in Czech Russian German and French On top of that the English dialogue features people speaking with all of the above accents plus a few so the narrator Dugald Bruce Lockhart faced a considerable challenge in his delivery He seemed to handle the various languages with great dexterity at least to my untutored ear I wasn’t totally convinced by his American accent but I’m nit picking a bit thereNot bad but it left me a bit cold 25 stars rounded up to three

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Othing seems off limits behind the Iron Curtain Yet the wheels of politics are grinding in the background The Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev is making demands of Dubček and the Red Army is amassed on the borders How will the looming disaster affect those fragile lives caught up in the invasionWith this shrewd engrossing and sensual novel Simon Mawer cements his status as one of the most talented writers of historical spy fiction today. I am way to analytic when it comes to the books I read This could be a fuction of working in a bookstore using goodreads and pretending I am a reviewer and just down right pretenious ness But it is becoming rarer and rarer that I just can enjoy something because I just like itI could nit pick this book apart But I just enjoyed the sentimental romantism of the piece Of the city of Prague of young love with a person and with history It was an easy book to sink into And sometimes that has to be enough

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Prague SpringHey decide on a whim to visit Czechoslovakia where Alexander Dubček's socialism with a human face is smiling on the worldMeanwhile Sam Wareham First Secretary at the British embassy in Prague is observing developments in the country with both a diplomat's cynicism and a young man's passion In the company of Czech student Lenka Konečková he finds a way into the world of Czechoslovak youth its hopes and its ideas For the first time n. Set in the summer of 1968 this is about two couples who get caught up in the events of Prague Spring when reform briefly came to Czechoslovakia before the Russians moved in and took control Ellie and James are students at Oxford who are spending the summer travelling round Europe and who come to Prague on a whim Sam is a First Secretary at the British Embassy who has fallen in love with Lenka a Czech student They are all caught up with enthusiasm that change is in the offing but the reality of course is that the Czechs will be screwed as they have been so many times in years ending with an 8This is the third book I've read by Simon Mawer He's a skilful writer and this is a very well written book I liked it but I didn't love it It takes an awfully long time to get going really it's not until after the halfway mark that it gathers any momentum and I simply did not care about any of the four central characters And the ending which leaves the fate of one of them unknown is really frustrating Every now and then he takes a chapter out to give us a lecture on Czech history which admittedly is interesting and adds to our understanding of the situation but it's still an odd approach and I'm not sure it was entirely successful