Far to Go

Paperback | September 24, 2011

byAlison Pick

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Winner of the Helen and Stan Vine Jewish Book Award and finalist for the Man Booker Prize

In Far to Go, one of our most accomplished young writers takes us inside the world of an affluent Jewish family in Prague during the lead-up to Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia.

In 1939, Pavel and Anneliese Bauer are secular Jews whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of Hitler. They are unable to leave the country in time to avoid deportation, but they do manage to get their six-year-old son Pepik a place on a Kindertransport. Meanwhile, a fascinating and compelling present-day strand in the story slowly reveals the unexpected fates of each of the Bauers. Through a series of surprising twists, Pick leads us to ask: What does it mean to cling to identity in the face of persecution? And what are the consequences if you attempt to change your identity?

Inspired by the harrowing five-year journey Alison Pick's own grandparents embarked upon from their native Czechoslovakia to Canada during the Second World War, Far to Go is an epic historical novel that traces one family's journey through these tumultuous and traumatic events. A layered, beautifully written, moving, and suspenseful story by one of our rising literary stars.

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Winner of the Helen and Stan Vine Jewish Book Award and finalist for the Man Booker PrizeIn Far to Go, one of our most accomplished young writers takes us inside the world of an affluent Jewish family in Prague during the lead-up to Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia.In 1939, Pavel and Anneliese Bauer are secular Jews whose lives are ...

Alison Pick was the 2002 Bronwen Wallace Award winner for the most promising writer under thirty-five in Canada. She has published two acclaimed volumes of poetry, and her writing has appeared widely in magazines, including The Walrus, enRoute, and Toronto Life. Her 2005 novel, The Sweet Edge, was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book and was ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.69 inPublished:September 24, 2011Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:088784295X

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Far to Go A very sad story about Jewish experiences in Nazi Occupied Czechoslovakia including the transport of Jewish children out of the country prior to the Holocaust. Well written and detailed descriptions of human strength and failings during that time of crisis.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching A stunningly beautiful and heart-rending story. Pick takes us into a world full of horror and sadness and leads us through with gorgeous prose.
Date published: 2015-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Wonderful, book grabs us as we are carried along with a families choices during the Nazi invasion, but also historically well traced. Well worth the read! Informative and a good read.
Date published: 2015-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking This story is based on the lives of the Bauer family, secular Jews of Czechoslovakia, who lived during the Nazi regime. It is told by the nanny of their son. All the way through, chapters are inserted, telling the journey of the author, who is working to bring to life the people who experienced the Holocaust. The information has been gleaned from letters left behind and from the Nazi records. Although much of the story is fictionalised, it is based in reality. As a Jew, I found the tale very touching and it brought the fear of that time to life for me. It tells of the struggle to understand what was happening and why. I was captured in the first few pages and could hardly stop reading. For all the sadness, the death camps were referred to only as rumours, but we all know now about the grim reality.
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Far to Go An excellent read! Very engaging and heart touching.
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely but sad story It was a short read but a very touching story.
Date published: 2013-10-15

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"...Alison Pick has crafted a powerful story...Far To Go demonstrates the devastation of war - and the effects it has on the children who grow up through it - without going anywhere near a battlefield." - Adrienne Brown, Guelph Mercury"Far to Go is a worthwhile and accomplished, if not flawless, novel." - Peter Webb, The Bull Calf"Pick has a knack for narrative and an ear for the authentic...a beautiful, haunting story." - Elana Rabinovitch, Women's Post"...a page-turner..." - Nancy Wigston, Toronto Star". . . [a] spare, powerful novel . . . it is bewildered six-year-old Pepik, and his harrowing journey, that encapsulates the loss and hope and heartbreak that is the life-blood of this extraordinary story." - Eithne Farry, Daily Mail". . . authentic . . . Pick's writing is so gripping . . ." - Jennifer Lipman, Jewish Chronicle"Far to Go is a breath-taking, heart-breaking novel, and Alison Pick is a beautiful writer." - Angie Abdou, Fernie Fix"A heart-rending story about a decision that shapes the lives of both those on the train to freedom and those left behind." - Grace Toby, Chatelaine