[Reading] ➭ Motherland ➵ Jo McMillan – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk

Motherland I Hadn T Expected The Berlin Wall To Be Clean And White And Smooth It Looked Like The Edge Of The Swimming Baths Than The Edge Of The Cold War On The Grass Of No Man S Land, Fat Rabbits Ate And Strolled About As If They D Never Been Hunted And Nothing Could Disturb Them This Was Their Land And They Ruled It, And There Were Three Parts To Berlin East, West And Rabbit It Is 1978, Jess Is Thirteen And She Already Has A Reputation As The Daughter Of The Only Communist In Town But Then, It S In The Blood The Mitchells Have Been In The Party Since The Party Began Jess And Her Mother Eleanor Struggle To Sell Socialism To Tamworth A Sleepy Midlands Town That Just Doesn T Want To Know.So When Eleanor Is Invited To Spend A Summer Teaching In East Germany, She And Jess Leap At The Chance To See What The Future Looks Like On The Other Side Of The Iron Curtain They Turn From Villains Into Heroes And When Eleanor Meets Widower Peter And His Daughter, Martina, A New, Peaceful Life Seems Possible.But The Cold War Has No Time For Love And Soon The Trouble Starts Peter Is Dispatched For Two Years Of Solidarity Work In Laos Friends Become Enemies, And Jess Discovers How Easy It Is To Switch Sides, And How Sides Can Be Switched For You, Sometimes Without You Even Knowing.Motherland Is A Tender Mother Daughter Story And A Tragi Comic Portrait Of A Childhood Overcome With Belief It S About Loss Of Faith And Loss Of Innocence, And What It S Like To Grow Up On The Losing Side Of History.


10 thoughts on “Motherland

  1. says:

    A moving mother daughter tale of belief, doubt and loss of innocence.It s 1978 and thirteen year old Jess Mitchell is the daughter of one of the few communists in Tamworth, a sleepy Midlands town Jess and her mother Eleanor valiantly try to sell The Morning Star newspaper and socialism to Saturday shoppers in the local precinct.Via Party contacts Jess s mother is invited to spend a summer teaching in East Germany, and she and Jess leap at the chance to see what real existing socialism looks A moving mother daughter tale of belief, doubt and loss of innocence.It s 1978 and thirteen year old Jess Mitchell is the daughter of one of the few communists in Tamworth, a sleepy Midlands town Jess and her mother Eleanor valiantly try to sell The Morning Star newspaper and socialism to Saturday s...


  2. says:

    I hunted this book down I made Waterstone s staff search through their incredible wealth of book knowledge to find this novel based on a barely remembered blurb description And I didn t like it Motherland is about a teenager Jess, and her mother Eleanor, communists trying to to provide socialism to the resistant town of Tamworth in 1978 They are invited to spend a summer teaching in East Germany but the ideal they have been working for starts to tarnish in Jess eyes as trouble starts Th I hunted this book down I made Waterstone s staff search through their incredible wealth of book knowledge to find this novel based on a barely remembered blurb description And I didn t like it Motherland is about a teenager Jess, and her mother Eleanor, communists trying to to provide socialism to the resistant town of Tamworth in 1978 They are invited to spend a summer teaching in East Germany but ...


  3. says:

    A bittersweet debut novel about mother daughter relationships and socialism I really loved the opening chapter and nothing else really came up to par with it it would be a brilliant short story on its own A great setting and a fascinating look into the GDR from hopeful Westerners who expect it to be a utopia, something which really sets it apart from other books about the GDR But honestly, other than the great description, I feel that not much happens in this book The ending is expected, A bittersweet debut novel about mother daughter relationships and socialism I really loved the opening chapter and nothing else really came up to par with it it would be a brilliant short story on its own A great setting and a fascinating look into the GDR from hopeful Westerners who expect it to be a utopia, something which really sets it apart from other books about the GDR But honestly, other than the great description, I feel that not muc...


  4. says:

    I had high hopes for this book, I love ostalgie and the GDR, but this just didn t cut it in my view I didn t feel like the characters were very well developed and I didn t feel it entirely reflected reality I mean, in what world does a 13 year old want to follow what her mother says to the abs...


  5. says:

    Today s book is of special interest to me as it is partly set in former East Germany during the late 1970s Having spent three months at the Karl Marx Univeristy in Leipzing before reunification I was keen to see how well the author captured the GDR s unique and complicated spirit How well and accurately she portrayed the places and its people The answer to both these questions is resounding very well indeed.Written in the first person of 13 year old Jess, Motherland follows three years of her Today s book is of special interest to me as it is partly set in former East Germany during the late 1970s Having spent three months at the Karl Marx Univeristy in Leipzing before reunification I was keen to see how well the author captured the GDR s unique and complicated spirit How well and accurately she portrayed the places and its people The answer to both these questions is resounding very well indeed.Written in the first person of 13 year old Jess, Motherland follows three years of her life as a communist believer whilst living in Tamworth Her mother, Eleanor, is a staunch socialist communism is in the blood and she works ceaselessly for the cause whilst at the same time being employed as a teacher.To start with the writing style is comic in places, wonderfully fluid and light Of her mother, Jess says her communist beliefs Card carrying Chronic As if it...


  6. says:

    Eleanor Mitchell raised her daughter to believe in the international struggle for workers rights She taught Jess to see the calm, conservative town of Tamworth, England as enemy territory By the age of thirteen, Jess is waiting for the immanent collapse of capitalism and socialist revolution It s weirdly disappointing then that all she and her mother seem to get while selling their communist paper is the occasional angry shout or threat from the butcher Shortly after Jo McMillan s coming of Eleanor Mitchell raised her daughter to believe in the international struggle for workers rights She taught Jess ...


  7. says:

    I liked this one, despite a rather abrupt shift in tone in the final fifth or so Ultimately a warm portrait of mother daughter relations, juxtaposed against the East German the mid sized Staffordshire town of Tamworth relations.Quite.Tragi comic really, given the narrative arc, but it never descends into farce, nor does it condescend to its characters and reader I enjoyed it a lot, even though at times it delves into sometimes desperately embarrassing territory, and we are set from the very I liked this one, despite a rather abrupt shift in tone in the final fifth or so Ultimately a warm portrait of mother daughter relations, juxtaposed against the East German the mid sized S...


  8. says:

    I loved this Largely based on McMillan s own upbringing and a love letter to her own mother it s a touching, humorous story, with smart dialogue brilliant detail it s bittersweet because we know the ending, the shelf life of the GDR It s also about relationships, family, making a home, fitting in, trying to do your best remembering political acronyms, bringing alcohol and stollen back from socialist summer camps and having Christmas presents prodded by East German border guards I loved this Largely based on McMillan s own upbringing and a love letter to her own mother it s a touching, humorous story, with smart dialogue brilliant detail it s bittersweet because we know the ending, the shelf life of the GDR It s also about relationships, family, making a home, fitting in, trying to do your best remembering political acronyms, bringing alcohol and stollen ba...


  9. says:

    Motherland by Jo McMillan is a pretty unusual novelof a memoir , as it is based around the author s experience of growing up with a staunchly communist mother, who began a relationship of sorts with Communist Germany German Democratic Republic or GDR when the Berlin Wall was in place and it was pretty unwise to do so.GDR memoir style novels are, understandably, a thing, it s been almost thirty years since the Berlin Wall fell and East Germans people are starting to process this perio Motherland by Jo McMillan is a pretty unusual novelof a memoir , as it is based around the author s experience of growing up with a staunchly communist mother, who began a relationship of sorts with Communist Germany German Democratic Republic or GDR when the Berlin Wall was in place and it was pretty unwise to do so.GDR memoir style novels are, understandably, a thing, it s been almost thirty years since the Berlin Wall fell and East Germans people are starting to process this period in history and confront the past there is Stasi Land by Anna Funder, which looks at how Stasi oppression destroyed lives, Sonnenallee, a nostalgic but emotional comedy about growing up literally in the shadow of the Berlin Wall and the internationally successful film, Goodbye Lenin, a tragicomedy, which looks at the innocence of German Socialism twinned with the ruinous effect it had on ordinary ...


  10. says:

    The coming of age story with some difficult base not just the typical teenage angst, but THE idea that went wrong.1978 Teenager Jess and her mother are passionate in their fight for all things socialism from their British home With enormous dedication, they give their all to THE fight Then the opportunity occurs for the summer stay in the socialistic East Germany, and all the fight ispersonal from then, as Jess meets the first friend in her life and...