The Road Home

The Road Home Lev is on his way to Britain to seek work so that he can send money back to eastern Europe to support his mother and little daughter He struggles with the mysterious rituals of Englishness and the

  • Title: The Road Home
  • Author: Rose Tremain
  • ISBN: 9780701177935
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lev is on his way to Britain to seek work, so that he can send money back to eastern Europe to support his mother and little daughter He struggles with the mysterious rituals of Englishness , and the fashions and fads of the London scene We see the road Lev travels through his eyes, and we share his dilemmas.

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    1. Fiction so convincing that it could be a true story.The journey begins with Lev's bus journey from his home in Eastern Europe 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 be [...]

    2. This is the tale of Lev an immigrant from an unnamed Eastern European accession country comes to London to seek his fortune, He is 42, his wife has recently died and he leaves his daughter, Maya with his mother. There is an element of the fairy tale about this and we see London as a foreign and unfamiliar land through Lev’s eyes. Most of the people who are kindest to Lev are also similar to him. Lev works in a variety of restaurants and take aways and for a brief while on the land in East Angl [...]

    3. I ordered The Road Home with the usual expectations that one would have for a book by an admired author. But, oh dear. It is unbelievable at so many levels, as well as schematic and sentimental. 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 [...]

    4. This review is from: The Road Home: A Novel (Paperback) This is a truly moving story about a man who loses everything. His wife dies and his job is finished so he moves to England to make a new start. He is still mourning, hoomesick and ill prepared to make this transition. Yet every day he gets up and chooses life. He finds work, learns a new trade, finds housing, makes friends and gets a girlfriend. He never gets over his homesickness but he makes steps forward each and every day. He plans a f [...]

    5. From the jacket blurb, this sounded really promising. An important contemporary issue. Culturally relevant. Immediate! Orange Prize winner!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 [...]

    6. An actual novel which stands out for its realism and easy approach.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 [...]

    7. Tremain's writing sweeps you off like a soft stroll through fall leaves. It is completely effortless, and you are completely immersed in her world from the first page. The characters, many of whom come from different cultures and backgrounds, are real people. They just are, and you never question it. The story, although interesting, isn't the big draw here. Rather, it's Tremain's way of immediately drawing you in from the first, and somehow churning you out when she's finished, leaving you with [...]

    8. Zanimljiva priča o liku - mladom udovcu koji iz jedne države u Istočnoj Europi (članice EU) ide tražit posao u London. Malu kćerkicu ostavlja baki na briziŠto ga sve čeka i kako će završiti ta njegova patraga za poslom i ušteđevinom, vrijedi čitanja jer spisateljica jako lijepo pišeiako pred kraj malo mi je izgledalo da je imal i vraški dobru sreću sve u svemu jako, jako dobro!! 4,5 zvijezdica

    9. My book of the year 2008. You cannot argue with literature that makes you laugh, cry and change the way that you think of the world. And this book does all three.Lev is an eastern european immigrant to the UK, believing that he can live on £20 a week. He meets Lydia on the way and this is the start of the first lesson - the kindness of strangers and the working classes (real working classes, not dolescum) is the first lesson.Lev has a dark history - he has lost his job, his wife died tragically [...]

    10. Review from 2009Tremain is clearly a talented writer with very descriptive writing, good dialogue, good pacing (I found the story enjoyable and interesting albeit not compelling) and the ability for good and complex characterisation and story line. The descriptions of the restaurant were surprisingly engaging (unlike the modern art and plays described), Rudi a strong character (although his complete breakdown when the dam is proposed in contrast to his usual confidence is not really explored) an [...]

    11. Almost escapist literature, light and pleasant, with some dark corners - funny at times, somewhat predictable at others, less so at others, but flowing well and making you think every so often. What I really loved in Tremains' style is in describing the characters true possibly other characters' dialogue: so based on the protagonist Lev's own words I was picturing this man hailing from some unspecified Easter European country, who turned to Vodka as often as possible, as some burly, borderline a [...]

    12. Here's the thing about fiction: I could read for hours about the plight of immigrants and still not know what it felt like to BE an immigrant. But within a few pages of this beautiful, heartbreaking novel I could empathize with Lev and begin to imagine what it would feel like to start over in a foreign place (for Lev, London is his new home). I have lived all my life in two states in Western US. I love to travel, but I always know home is waiting there for me. What a hardship it would be to leav [...]

    13. Sorry ladies but I didn't manage to like this book as the majority of the readers have done. Perhaps I am not in the right mood for read this book.

    14. The plot is fairly straightforward: Lev has recently emigrated from an unnamed Eastern European country to find work in London. He meets people in this unfamiliar city that help him find his way and, when tragedy strikes back home, he finds a way to combine what he's learned in his new life with what he loves about his old life to save the day. Not groundbreaking stuff. However, there are virtues. Tremain's descriptions, when they aren't "and"ing themselves to death, are so detailed and engrossi [...]

    15. Am writing this in post read glow. I love Tremain, i definately need to read more. Music and Silence was such a treasure of a book for me, and this one so totally different it threw me for a bit. The setting of a gritty and real London, people struggling to get by, cold bitter and grim was a little close to home. But once that feeling passed I had to acknowledge that It was good to be reading about real life, current issues and struggles. I think Tremains real gift in this was her characterisati [...]

    16. What can I say? Rose Tremain is a gift, I feel like I want to own every book she has ever written.This is about an immigrant from Eastern Europe, trying to find his way through life in London - painting a very familiar picture of Britain that makes me wonder why anyone ever wants to come here. I have read two others by Tremain - Music & Silence set in Denmark in the 1600's and Restoration set during the restoration of King Charles II. The Road Home is a lot different - it feels less dreamy, [...]

    17. This well wrought book tells an immigrant's experience, which seems to be a popular theme these days. London in particular has served as the locus for many of these novels, but rarely has one been so well presented as this. Lev, Tremain's widower hero, leaves an unnamed Eastern Bloc country, taking the familiar route of heading to a more prosperous country in order to provide a better life for his family back home. But the vitality of the writing and the characterizations are so vividly drawn th [...]

    18. Our latest book group read, this one was voted for to my disappointment as I wanted to read Jennifer Egan's 'Visit from the Goon Squad' so I did too, and was distinctly underwhelmed (a lot of life is all about expectation I guess), but this book made me cry. And that is a rare occurrence. Although the 'best' word I've found to describe the prose is 'stiff' and the story is drawn out, it's a book that makes you sit up and consider your own prejudices as you increasingly want Lev to win through, t [...]

    19. I just loved, loved, loved this book. It is so beautifully written that I wanted to read it slowly to savour every word. The story is of an Eastern European man, Lev, who goes to London to look for work so he can send back money to his family. It is a truly humbling book that made me see just how much we take things for granted over here - work, acceptance, even dreams don't seem so far off for us like they do for Lev. I found it a really powerful book and although this is the first of Tremain's [...]

    20. “When you’re old nobody touches you nobody listens to you—not in this bloody country that’s what I do. I touch and I listen.”This novel tells the story of Lev who leaves his home country and like so many others is heading west. His wife, Marina, has died of leukaemia, his five-year-old daughter, Maya, is living with her grandmother and 42-year-old Lev, a former lumberyard worker is travelling to London to find work.Lev arrives in a dusty, midsummer city full of hope but things, however [...]

    21. This is the first of Rose Tremain's novels I've read, and it won't be the last.I thoroughly enjoyed this rags-to-riches story about Lev, our modern day Dick Whittington, who leaves his home in an eastern European country to find work in London so that he can send home much needed money to his mother and his young daughter still living back home. The story touches your heart, evokes various emotions -sadness, happiness, anger, annoyanceThe characters are very real in the novel. None are perfect, [...]

    22. The Road Home tells the story of Lev, a Ukrainian who makes the journey to England in order to make life better for his family. He sends money back, but along the way he makes multiple mistakes, and really discovers who his true friends are. I felt that this was a little bit meh. Like I enjoyed the story, and could frequently tell my partner what was happening in it, but at the same time I just wasn’t captured by it. The only thing that really caught me was my feelings of dislike for Sophie. S [...]

    23. 4+ I am still thinking about this novel about an Eastern European man who immigrates to London to make a better life for his daughter and mother. Tremain is a wonderful writer and her portrayal of Lev - with all his troubles and dreams was just so well done

    24. Rose Tremain is an old fashioned storyteller. A, then B, then C and D happen in that order, interspersed with flashbacks that contrast (food, landscape, customs) with the current situation. She tells, not shows: she describes her hero, Lev, on the first page, sprinkled with conversation so as not to dump too much info. Lev is travelling from an un-named East European country (I thought it a Poland-Hungary-Ukraine hybrid) to England to find work to support his 5 year old motherless daughter. Yep, [...]

    25. This took me a while to get into but when I did, I enjoyed it. Lev, an economic migrant from an unnamed Eastern European country, has come to England to find work, having lost his wife to leukaemia and his job in a timber mill. This novel details his experiences upon his arrival in London and his subsequent actions. Lev is the protagonist of this work but I found him less than sympathetic. He is strangely emotionless and non-reactive, unless under the influence of alcohol, and some of his action [...]

    26. The writer says she talked to the Polish workers before starting this novel so we assume Lev is polish but to give her imagination a free rein, Tremain made up the names of the places and whatsoever. She tries to show that Britain has become a multinational country which consists of different colors and ethnic backgrounds and she want to cry out for compassion and tolerance for such differences. In a hidden subtext maybe she’s saying that this is actually the ‘cultural cornucopia’ that Bri [...]

    27. Всеки поема по своя път. Пътува и търси. Един търси приключение, друг-щастие, а трети- път към дома. Това е и заглавието на романа на Роуз Тримейн „ Пътят към дома“, разказващ историята  на 42-годишния Лев от неназована държава в Източна Европа, който напуска родината, за да ра [...]

    28. I'm a fan of Rose Tremain's work, some of it more than others, of course. She writes about people on the margin, people exiled or disconnected from their true natures by life events or social convention. In this way, 'The Road Home,' a story of an Eastern European immigrant struggling to find work and a life in London, is of a piece with other Tremain novels. And yet, it's not. Lev, our hero, is a much more conventional person than other Tremain protagonists. He's more fully drawn, too, less sty [...]

    29. The plot of the book is pretty straightforward. Lev, a 42 year old widowed man, has recently emigrated from an unnamed Eastern European country to find work and money in London. He meets a series of people who help him along the way; encounters a number of obstacles . . . There are (as many people have pointed out) various inaccuracies in the book and a couple of glaring bad characterizations. These did not however distract from the overall enjoyment of the book.Rose Tremain said that she talked [...]

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