Set in the Summer of 1946 in the Wash on the Fenland Coast, Peacetime by Robert Edric is not the type of book that I usually read. At times the action a little slow but I find it interesting to read about one character in particular – Jacob, a Jewish man who experienced the horrors of the concentration camps during the Second World War. The teaser I have chosen are the words he speaks to one of the people who have befriended him, James Mercer:
“In Papenburg perhaps. But not afterwards, nit there. You talk of risk, of those risks worth taking but in that place nothing was calculable; there was no reason, no connection between how one lived and how or why one died. To be in the wrong place at the wrong time was a risk, but who was to know where or when that was? People were chosen at random, the sick and the healthy alike, and they were killed.” (205, Doubleday, 2002).
As James Mercer works on demolishing the gun platforms after the war, he befriends Mathias (a German prisoner of war) as well as Mary, a fifteen year old girl. When her father returns from military prison, the violence he brings with him changes the dynamic of relationships formed in his absence.
I am nearing the end of the novel and I am curious to see whether Mary is able to escape the violence her father has brought into her life.
What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
(This post is linked to Miz B’s Teaser Tuesdays at Books and a Beat)