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A Country Road, A Tree (2016)

de Jo Baker

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"From the best-selling author of Longbourn, a stunning new novel that follows an unnamed writer--Samuel Beckett--whose life and extraordinary literary gift are permanently shaped in the forge of war. When war breaks out in Europe in 1939, a young, unknown writer journeys from his home in neutral Ireland to conflict-ridden Paris and is drawn into the maelstrom. With him we experience the hardships yet stubborn vibrancy at the heart of Europe during the Nazis' rise to power; his friendships with James Joyce and other luminaries; his quietly passionate devotion to the Frenchwoman who will become his lifelong companion; his secret work for the French Resistance and narrow escapes from the Gestapo; his flight from occupied Paris to the countryside; and the rubble of his life after liberation. And through it all we are witness to workings of a uniquely brilliant mind struggling to create a language that will express his experience of this shattered world. Here is a remarkable story of survival and determination, and a portrait of the extremes of human experience alchemized into timeless art"--… (més)
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Could’ve been very literary but actually a very good novel and insight into Beckett. ( )
  adrianburke | Apr 25, 2020 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this fictional book about Samuel Beckett. I wondered if the fictional Suzanne was anything like his wife Suzanne as they didn't seem fit for each other.

I loved the prose of this story, the working in of James Joyce as Beckett's mentor and the struggle to write during the war. It was endearing and great to read so much of Beckett's life in the story.

What I didn't enjoy was the unknown name of Beckett in the first few chapters as I didn't read a review or synopsis of the book ahead of time. I had to do that after reading and going backward trying to find out the little boys name. I might have enjoyed the first few chapters better if I didn't feel like I had to sleuth out his name.

Over all this was a great page turner. I wanted to see where Samuel and Suzanne would end up next and if they would ever find peace and a feeling of protection. ( )
  SandraBrower | Oct 27, 2019 |
This book is an interesting portrayal of an Irishman in Europe during the Second World War. A little hard to engage in at first; however it flows easily in the latter half. Overall an interesting read. ( )
  cryczak232 | Mar 22, 2019 |
Interesting but ultimately not as inventive as Baker's previous novel, Longbourn. I am somewhat prejudiced against World War II novels because there are so many of them and they all begin to sound the same to me and struggle to say anything new. I hope this would be an exception but I was disappointed. Still worth picking up if you have an interest in Samuel Beckett's early adulthood. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
Found this novel hard to get into. It is as if Jo Baker writes in a dream style. The main character who is Samuel Beckett the Irish writer and poet, is never named. Still the novel had some great chapters when Jo Baker describes so well what it is like to be hungry, cold and travelling during a war. ( )
  Smits | Jan 10, 2018 |
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"From the best-selling author of Longbourn, a stunning new novel that follows an unnamed writer--Samuel Beckett--whose life and extraordinary literary gift are permanently shaped in the forge of war. When war breaks out in Europe in 1939, a young, unknown writer journeys from his home in neutral Ireland to conflict-ridden Paris and is drawn into the maelstrom. With him we experience the hardships yet stubborn vibrancy at the heart of Europe during the Nazis' rise to power; his friendships with James Joyce and other luminaries; his quietly passionate devotion to the Frenchwoman who will become his lifelong companion; his secret work for the French Resistance and narrow escapes from the Gestapo; his flight from occupied Paris to the countryside; and the rubble of his life after liberation. And through it all we are witness to workings of a uniquely brilliant mind struggling to create a language that will express his experience of this shattered world. Here is a remarkable story of survival and determination, and a portrait of the extremes of human experience alchemized into timeless art"--

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