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The Road Beyond Ruin

Se in a secluded woodlandBut the house is far from vacant Stefano wakes at the arrival of its owner Erich a former German soldier who invites the travelers to stay until they can find safe passage home Stefano cautiously agrees intrigued by the disarming German his reclusive neighbor Rosalind and her traumatized hu DNF 41%I had to pause this since I got two library loans come through back to back and it was somewhat of a relief I tried to get back into it today but alas just not feeling it The structure of the present day to flashbacks to present day is hampering the story and dragging it down The flashbacks are probably meant to create suspense but it seemed pretty clear what happened and I d prefer the characters just fess up already Also dual narration Both narrators are fine but it s not a narration techniue I like and it didn t help with my lack of interest Einsteins Generation until they can find safe passage home Stefano cautiously agrees intrigued by the disarming German his reclusive neighbor Rosalind and her traumatized hu DNF 41%I had to pause this since I got two library loans come through back to back and it was somewhat of a relief I tried to get back into it today but alas just not feeling it The structure of the present day to flashbacks to present day is hampering the story and dragging it down The flashbacks are probably meant to create suspense but it seemed pretty clear what happened and I d prefer the characters just fess Electing Judges up already Also dual narration Both narrators are fine but it s not a narration techniue I like and it didn t help with my lack of interest

SUMMARY The Road Beyond Ruin

Sband Georg Stefano is also drawn to Moniue the girl in a photograph on Rosalind’s wall who went missing during the warBut when he discovers letters written by Moniue a darker truth emerges This place of refuge could be one of reckoning and the secrets of the past might prevent the travelers from ever getting hom So confusing that I have to re read this book Overall the story is fascinating well told except that the author made it a difficult to understand read Each chapter focused on a different character And each character s story in each chapter went back in timeNow focusing on different characters in each chapter is acceptable And going back in time is also acceptable BUT mixing the two together gets very very confusingBy the end I was totally confused so just went with the story until I finished it I now have to re read the book keep notes to keep everything straight enjoy the book than I did the first time If you understand the fact that I seldom see read books you ll understand how frustrating the book was Why didn t I rate the book lower Because it really is a good story

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For some people in post–World War II Germany the battle is not overAugust 1945 As Stefano an Italian POW heads toward home across war ravaged Germany he encounters a young child beside his dead mother Unable to leave him to an unknown fate Stefano takes the boy with him finding refuge in a seemingly abandoned hou As a child in the 1960 s and 70 s it never occurred to me their was to the story of the end of World War II than the news reel clips and photos I saw of happy people cheering and grateful European civilians thanking American GI s for liberating them What we learned in school didn t paint any clearer of a picture There was something called The Marshall Plan by which the good ol US of A single handedly through the goodness of our hearts set all of Europe back on the road to prosperity There was some controversy about this plan but I don t understand it and it s almost time for recess and I have to figure out if I can hang out with Mary Sorenson s crowd today or if this is one of those days I am a pariah so forget Europe Their fine now anyway It wasn t until I was a grown woman in my 30 s when I started mall walking in a frigid Whitefish Bay Wisconsin shopping center and got to know some of my fellow walkers that I learned the truth I met several holocaust survivors in that walking club While they never spoke about their time in the camps except to mention loved ones who didn t make it they were very willing to share the further horrors of what befell them when the gates were opened You see they had nowhere to go no one to be with They were not even in their own country Who would help them One woman told me about sitting down right outside the fence and crying because she had no life beyond where she was at that moment The Road Beyond Ruin is not about Jews It is about the people who were unlucky enough to have been born on the other side of the conflict They were Germans and Italians who just wanted to live their lives but were unable to because of the Nazis and the fascists and what they were willing to do to their own people to achieve their despicable goals These unfortunates some innocent some complicit were left struggling to survive in a ruined world a civilization torn to shreds where they never knew whom they could trust The fears of betrayal were still deep The story centers on a uintet of people four of whom grew up together in what would become Russian held East Germany and the fifth an Italian resistance fighter who finds his life entwined with the others throughout the war and it s aftermath The story is stark brutal and deeply emotional I came away with what I believe to be a better understanding of the confusion of life in Germany after the fall of Hitler


10 thoughts on “The Road Beyond Ruin

  1. says:

    As a child in the 1960's and 70's it never occurred to me their was to the story of the end of World War II than the news reel clips and photos I saw of happy people cheering and grateful European civilians thanking American GI's for liberating them What we learned in school didn't paint any clearer of a picture There was somethi

  2. says:

    It's the end of the second world war and everyone is telling lies about the part they played in the conflict Stefano claims to be an Italian soldier who fought with the Germans but was imprisoned when Italy changed sides He is making his way back to Italy when he meets an orphaned young boy and feels compelled to take him under his wing They

  3. says:

    The Road Beyond Ruin by Gemma Liviero was one of my Kindle First picksThis story is set during and after WWII The stories of Erich Rosalind and Georg Moniue and Stefano It is a tale of their time during the war and what becomes of their lives after I’ve been drawn to historical novels lately especially those

  4. says:

    I wanted to love itThis is very vivid with details without getting gory Historically good information and felt realistic My big problem was that it was not in order She didn't reveal information unless it suited the situation in attempt to keep it mysterious It only led to a very untidy confusing rushed ending She didn't transition well between new characters and didn't reveal purposes for being there It forced myself to read 95% of this

  5. says:

    Complex multi layered brilliant story telling A handful of survivors from Berlin and Italy converge in the immediate aftermath of WWII Included are a psychotic SS officer is that redundant and an orphaned boy found next to his mother's shattered remains fiercely clutching a basket that holds his baby brother's body This is not to be missed

  6. says:

    DNF 41%I had to pause this since I got two library loans come through back to back and it was somewhat of a relief I tried t

  7. says:

    I did hate once but hate now lives in the past And I prefer to remember the past not live in itStefano is an Italian POW walking across Germany making his way back home On his journey he comes by a boy who is now an orphan as his mother is laying dead next to him Hesitant he has the boy join him on his journey hoping to find a place for him o

  8. says:

    So confusing that I have to re read this book Overall the story is fascinating well told except that the author made it a difficult to understand read Each chapter focused on a different character And each character's story in each chapter went back in timeNow focusing on different characters in each chapter is acceptable And going back in time is also acceptable BUT mixing the two together gets very very confusingBy t

  9. says:

    I hated this bookThis was my December pick for First Reads and I so wish I had gone with something different I'm usually

  10. says:

    I have thought long and hard about this book I found it very difficult to read But in the end my thoughts are theseFirst I loved the heart of the book I have read many novels about the war itself But this is the

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