The Aftermath by Rhidian BrookThe Aftermath by Rhidian Brook

The Aftermath

byRhidian Brook

Paperback | August 12, 2014

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A stunning, powerful blockbuster of passion, betrayal and conscience to rival Atonement and The End of the Affair.
     Hamburg, 1946. Thousands wander the rubble, lost and homeless. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the de-Nazification of its broken people, Captain Lewis is stationed in a grand house on the outskirts of the city, where he will be joined by his grieving wife, Rachael, and only remaining son, Edmund. But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his traumatized daughter, out onto the streets, Lewis insists that the two families live together. In this charged and claustrophobic atmosphere, all must confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.    
The Aftermath is a stunning novel about our deepest desires, our fiercest loyalties and the humbling power of forgiveness.
RHIDIAN BROOK is an award-winning writer of fiction, television and film. His debut novel, The Testimony of Taliesin Jones, won the 1997 Somerset Maugham Award, a Betty Trask Award, the Author's Club First Novel Award and was made into a film starring Jonathan Pryce. His numerous stories have appeared in the Paris Review and New States...
Title:The AftermathFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.16 × 0.74 inPublished:August 12, 2014Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307361055

ISBN - 13:9780307361059

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great My grandfather passed this book down to me - it is a well written book that shines a light on a period of World War 2 that I had never thought about. a True testament to human emotion in times of grief and desperation, the characters are honest and, in their own way, lovable. The ending is fairly happy, which was nice as well. Would recommend :)
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hamburg Revival after the Fire Storm Well written...good command of appropriate words to enhance the scene. Just enough sexual encounters to make you want to see what happens next.
Date published: 2014-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perspective of task to reconstruct. Wonderful story, beautifully told. Provides an insight into life after the devastation of war and it's lasting effect on people, both defeated and conquerers. So glad I originally read the positive review of this book. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2014-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perspective of task to reconstruct. Far more than a well-researched, absorbing piece of historical fiction, "The Aftermath" is a subtle investigation of the tangled relationships between conquerors and conquered, with a definite reference to the concept of the Stockholm Syndrome, through which one comes to make common cause with those who otherwise should be enemies, as one is forced to live in close proximity to them under unusual conditions. Lewis, the husband, is the military overseer of British administration in Hamburg after the end of the second world war. He conducts himself with rare gentleness and sympathy towards the conquered populace, to the point where his approach raises questions about his loyalty to Britain among his superiors. Rachel, the wife, grieving the loss of one of her sons to the German bombing of Britain during the war, is drawn into a relationship. which seems to be completely at odds with her feelings, with the German former owner of the villa which has been requisitioned as the Morgans' residence. The unfolding of events during the Morgans' stay in Hamburg defies the expectations one would have of the behaviour of people placed in such circumstances, and the very human reactions of the main characters point to the potential for universal goodness that lurks beneath the surface of us all. What would seem to be a grim portrayal of human ambiguity becomes a minor hymn of praise to the ability of people to rise above their backgrounds and prejudices. As historical fiction, the depiction of the devastation of Hamburg and environs as a result of Allied bombing, and the desperate condition of the German survivors in the region, provide important reminders of how deeply the German population itself suffered as a result of the war. This is an enthralling read, and a powerful emotional experience.
Date published: 2013-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perspective of task to reconstruct. I enjoyed reading this book. The story took place in a period of time after World War II that I haven't read before. This is the first book by this author that I have read. A very interesting story.
Date published: 2013-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting historical period Great novel about an historical period we don't really read much about, if at all. Amazing use of language, I haven't had to refer to a dictionary so often. Very well written. Too short, unfortunately!
Date published: 2013-08-19

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Aftermath:"An entertaining blend of romance, history and suspense, one to which Brook's style is perfectly suited: it's sturdy, stripped down with just the right amount of gnarled beauty poking through the cracks." Toronto Star"Any good historical novel has to unwind the layers of history that have piled upon the events described and render them as open to possibility and uncertainty as our own present. The Aftermath does that impressively well." The Scotsman "A stylish, heart-searching and convincing story that by refusing to peddle clichés and received wisdom, memorably refashions this period." Sunday Herald "Rhidian Brook's arresting novel brings vividly to life a little-told aspect of World War II: its aftermath. His story--energetically and authoritatively told--is unsettling and compelling, suffused with suffering and, mercifully, some hope." Claire Messud