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  • Leeway Cottage
  • Beth Gutcheon
  • English
  • 26 January 2020
  • 9780060825232

Beth Gutcheon ↠ 2 Review

Beth Gutcheon ↠ 2 Review Leeway Cottage Review à 2 Has led a group knitting for the war effort and had a babyCombining the story of one long American twentieth century marriage with one of the most stirring stories of World War II Leeway Cottage is a beautifully written tour de force of a nov. What a contradiction this book is There are basically three stories written here The first part is somewhat entertaining as a family relationship builds The center part about the Danish involvement in World War II is utterly fascinating and could have been extended into a novel by itself The last part is a completely boring pedestrian mess It s as if the writer just gave up after a tremendous exertion and forced herself to just keep writing about family members basically listing many things that happened without any interest in the characters themselves Then the last three chapters which are completely out of sync with the storyline are just thrown inattempting to explain a few bland statements made throughout the book

Review Leeway Cottage

Leeway Cottage

Beth Gutcheon ↠ 2 Review Leeway Cottage Review à 2 En hostage to what the fortunes of Hitler's war will bring By the time the war is over Laurus's family has played an active role in Denmark's grassroots rescue of virtually all seven thousand of the country's Jews Meanwhile in America Sydney. This book published in 2005 feels patently urgently relevant The story of a marriage spanning much of the 20th century it transports the reader to a small community on the Maine coast then Europe during World War II then back to suburban Connecticut in the determinedly hedonistic WASPy 60 s then a final flashback to the German concentration camp at Ravensbruck that re casts the entire story in a devastating lightI was profoundly moved by the part of the story that dealt with a mother s hatred of her daughter and how the daughter s stunted emotional growth painfully affects her own husband and childrenBut BUT most affecting in this book is the story of the Danish resistance in WWII how the better part of an entire country reacted as one to resist the xenophobic and anti Semitic German occupation Danes smuggled Jews from house to house and to the coast onto boats bound for Sweden where they were welcomed and protected Why were these people so moved to endanger themselves and their families At the time that I m reading this the US government is separating families and caging children at our borders What makes people refuse complicity with such crueltyOne character explains it thusDanes love peace And they love comfort and they ll sacrifice a lot for them But they cannot enjoy peace and comfort while behaving badly Also they have great respect for each other They trust each other to behave So when they saw that they had to they all reacted the same way out of simple pride and assumed their fellow Danes would do the samePerhaps Americans in 2018 aren t grateful enough for peace and for comfort Perhaps we neglect to cherish these things while we re always scanning the Internet for the next sale or trend or object of desire If we can abide in simple gratitude for what we have we can realize that we wish the same for all people for all creatures Peace and comfort A longer table No wallsBeth Gutcheon is a deceptively accessible writer Her books are engrossing hard to put down her characters so vivid that they melt into the reader s imagination and memory In Leeway Cottage she makes history come alive by peopling it with characters so real they re palpable Like Kate Atkinson Life After Life she makes me feel as if I lived through WWII can no longer take for granted my relatively peaceful prosperous existence I feel alive engaged and purposeful for having read this book And yet it s an entirely gripping enjoyable page turningly suspenseful experience Beautifully written I m so sad it ended

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Beth Gutcheon ↠ 2 Review Leeway Cottage Review à 2 In April 1940 as the Nazis march into Denmark Sydney Brant a wealthy girl of the Dundee summer colony marries a gifted Danish pianist Laurus Moss They believe they are well matched as young lovers do but Laurus's beloved family is in Copenhag. This book was very readable it only took me a day and a half to finish it but it was frustrating in its inconsistency The WWIIDanish ResistanceConcentration camp stuff was certainly interesting reading and compelling but it felt like a completely different novel than the domesticcomical rest of the book Jumping back and forth between these stories made very little sense to me as a reader I also really didn t understand why the character of Sydney was changed midway through the story from someone very sympathetic to this horrible society minded twit that no one could stand I kept waiting for something redeeming about her character to be shown but it never happened There just wasn t any logic to this and I found myself by the end wondering why the novel was focused on her life if she was painted as so silly and obnoxious especially in contrast the the perfect serious Europeans Why not drop the Sydney character entirely and just write the novel about the Danish resistance and life in the camps in WWII None of these choices made by the author made any sense to me Levels of Life end wondering why the novel was focused on her life if she was painted as so silly and obnoxious A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court especially in contrast the the perfect serious Europeans Why not drop the Sydney character The Face on the Milk Carton entirely and just write the novel about the Danish resistance and life in the camps in WWII None of these choices made by the author made any sense to me