Carry Me

Carry Me

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"CARRY ME is told from the perspective of Billy, born to a German father and an Irish mother who are employees on the summer estate of the German-Jewish Baron von Weinbrenner on the scenic Isle of Wight. The book's brilliant narrative twines together the love story of Billy and Karin, the baron's free-spirited daughter, during several crucial months in 1938, and their childhood journey, separately and together, leading up to that 1938 moment when their fates hang in the balance. Billy's backstory takes us through England, Ireland, and Germany, where his family is deported as the political situation in 1930s Europe deteriorates. They find refuge at the Weinbrenners' beautiful home outside Frankfurt, where Billy's father becomes the horse trainer in the baron's famous stables, and the teenage Billy reconnects with the seductively devil-may-care Karin. The two ride horses and shoot bow and arrows in the woods, and share the beloved Winnetou novels of Karl May, whose sere West Texas landscape becomes a powerful beacon in their relationship when they reach young adulthood, suggesting a possible path to freedom as the Germany they once knew is deteriorating rapidly. Billy, with his British passport, schemes to get Karin out of the country, and the reader almost can't breathe, waiting for them to board a boat. Poetic, allusive, and profound, CARRY ME is the true story of Peter's father--brilliantly reimagined as a love story, a historical epic, and a powerful meditation on the vagaries of politics and the pull of family"--
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101870495
Branch Call Number: FICTION Behrens Peter 02/2016
Characteristics: 443 pages ;,25 cm


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Jun 19, 2017

Probably ranks in my top ten favourite novels.

May 03, 2017

I loved this book. It's a family saga of wide range and poignancy, seen through the eyes of the youngest member of a family haunted by chance and war. Hitler's takeover of Germany is well described as the horror and terror of being Jewish increase and the lives of those not Jewish are become interwined with one Jewish baronial family are also affected. I recommend this highly!

Dec 02, 2016

Quintessential literary novel. Some good ideas, but all over the map as regards story-telling. I couldn't plough all the way through.

Nov 26, 2016

I liked it, but thought it could have been a bit shorter. It helps us understand what it was like in Germany for the Germans who weren't Nazis.

May 30, 2016

Didn't like.


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Feb 24, 2018

The lives of two young people (with mixed Irish and German) heritage growing up in England, Ireland and Germany during WW1 and the period between WW1 and WW2. A good reminder of what was going on in Germany in the time between the two wars.


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