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A Boy in Winter ❰Reading❯ ➺ A Boy in Winter Author Rachel Seiffert – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk From the award winning author of the Booker Prize short listed The Dark Room a startling portrait of the Nazis' arrival in Ukraine as they move to implement the final solutionOtto Pohl an engineer ove From the award winning author of the Booker Prize short listed The Dark Room a startling portrait of the Nazis' arrival in Ukraine as they move to implement the final solutionOtto Pohl an engineer overseeing construction of a German road in Ukraine awakens to the unexpected sight of SS men herding hundreds of Jews into an old brick factory Inside the factory Ephraim anxiously scans the A Boy eBook å growing crowd looking for his two sons As anxious uestions swirl around him Where are they taking us How long will we be gone he can't uell the suspicion that it would be just like his oldest son to hole up somewhere instead of lining up for the Germans and just like his youngest to follow Yasia a farmer's daughter who has come into town to sell produce sees two young boys slinking through the shadows of the deserted streets and decides to offer them shelter As these lives become and intertwined Rachel Seiffert's prose rich with a rare compassion courage and emotional depth an unflinching story is told of survival of conflicting senses of duty of the oppressive power of fear and the possibility of courage in the face of terror.

10 thoughts on “A Boy in Winter

  1. Angela M Angela M says:

    I held my breath at one point a little than halfway through this short but extremely powerful story I was stunned perhaps expecting it but not ready for it Who could be really ? Certainly not the crowd of Jews rounded up by the Nazis in this small town in Ukraine in 1941 as the German occupation begins Everything that happens before this slowly leads up to it and everything after it is burdened by it A few days in the lives of a few people experiencing fear and confusion the desire to survive to save oneself and loved ones is seen through the eyes of a Jewish family a farm girl and a German engineer in charge of building roads I can't manage to find any other words besides heartbreaking gut wrenching but there are touching moments and in some way it is also hopeful with the strength and determination courage and defiance of Pohl the engineer Yasia the farm girl and Yankel the defiant young boy of the title He refuses to let the Germans carry off his little brother no Germans must ever haul Momik I can't explain why I read so many holocaust stories They are so hard to read but yet I am compelled because they are important I received an advanced copy of this book from Little Brown through NetGalley

  2. Hannah Greendale Hannah Greendale says:

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to Bookend A slim novel that only hints at the atrocities of World War II The narrative finds traction shortly before it concludes This elongated short story about compassion and uiet rebellion offers glimpses of sobering prose but is ultimately ineffectual

  3. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    The Ukraine 1941 the Germans arrive to round up the Jews and five different characters will be caught up in the horror and terror of these days A young girl from the countryside trying to locate her boyfriend two Jewish boys who run away rather than reporting to the warehouse as the Germans ordered a engineer hired to build the roads and the young man escaping from the defeated Russian army who makes a very bad decisionThis is a sparingly written novel a novel that needs to be taken as a whole We don't learn about our characters in depth as it is about a certain point in time and how these characters act and respond to the horror they witness There is a great deal of humanity shown some willing and some unwilling but humanity all the same Much darkness but also hope and lightness It also shows that even those who despised what the Germans were doing were vastly outnumbered and had little choice but to comply willingly or not The characters in this book will cross paths with each other in a pivotal moment and at books end we find a wonderful show of empathyThese books are as always hard to read but this was narrow in context focused which made the plot move along uickly uick for me is good in these types of books Very well done though and a notable addition to Holocaust literature ARC from edelweiss and publisher

  4. Dem Dem says:

    35 Stars Beautifully written vivid prose that is effective in its storytelling as it is in its depiction of war and its ugliness A boy in winter is a novel set in the Ukraine in 1941 after the retreat of the Soviet Army and the arrival of the German Soldiers who are greeted by the peasants with food in the hope that life under German occupation may be tolerable than that endured under Soviet collectivisation A short but powerful story dark and yet hopeful a story where human kindness can be mean so much or so little A holocaust story be it fiction or non fiction always manages to make it onto my TBR list every month because I feel We as humans always need to be reminded of the horrors and cruelty of the past in a bid to move forward with understanding and compassion as unfortunately past mistakes do have a habit of repeating themselves While I found this book well written and very readable I did struggle with emotion in the way the story is told and perhaps that is the intention of the author and while I found it a good read I am not sure how memorable this book will be for me a year from now compared with other holocaust books I have read

  5. Dannii Elle Dannii Elle says:

    This is my third book read in the Women's Prize for Fiction longlistA Boy in Winter is a split perspective tale focusing on the residents of a small Ukrainian town after it is overrun by the SS in 1941 The differing vantage points to the action afforded by the varied perspectives made for a fully fleshed account of the horrors inflicted on the Jewish inhabitants to be recountedReading this made me realise both how limited my reading of this time period was and how I have never before read a book set in this region Despite that this was an easily accessible novel that managed to convey the facts correct to the historical time period and geographical setting without alienating readers unfamiliar with it It sparked in me a desire to vary my future historical reading as the startling bleak landscape and the captured sorrow of the characters made me understand how important it is not to forget or overlook this horrific period in my pursuit of others that have previously sparked initial enjoyment in meDespite all this book has given me to take away with I can not say I completely appreciated my reading experience I found myself a little distanced on times to the emotional focus of the piece I could both understand what I was reading was horrific in nature but also found it was sometimes left for my imagine to infer this horror rather than it be gotten from the text itselfI also found that my affinity with the novel grew as the story line expanded and just when I thought I was at the apex it was uickly truncated This rather blunt closure left me feeling distanced than ever and thus decided my final three star rating

  6. Gumble& Gumble& says:

    I read this book due to its longlisting for the 2018 Women’s Prize It had overlap with two books I have already this year both non fictional although one written in close to a fictional style and both motivated by family connections to some of the most terrible events of the twentieth centuryMaybe Esther A Family Story by Katja Petrowskaja; born in Ukraine to a Russian speaking Jewish descended but now non religious and Soviet family as she picks her “way through the rubble of history” to research her family tree including a great grandmother the maybe Esther of the book’s title who was shot for speaking to a German officer as she struggled despite her age and infirmities to make her way to the Jewish round up in Kiev that would preceded the Babi Yar massacreMy reviewhttpswwwgoodreadscomreviewshowEast West Street On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity by Philippe Sands; a powerful account of the legal and personal background behind the Nurenberg trials which links back to the post WWI history of the now Ukranian city of Lviv and forward to the International Criminal Court and which is given added poignancy and relevance by the author’s family links to the first and legal links to the second This book also set in the Ukraine at the time of the German occupation and enforcement of the holocaust is entirely non fictional albeit with clear factual inspiration but is also motivated by family connections The motivation behind the book is best explained in this excellent and moving Guardian article by the authorhttpswwwtheguardiancombooks201Where she reveals that her own family connections are very different My grandparents were Nazis I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know this Opa – my grandfather – was in the Brownshirts and was later a doctor with the Waffen SS; Amfi my grandmother was an active party member – something which has always lead her to consider what it is like to be on the wrong side of historyThis book itself was inspired by the story of Willi Ahrem who managed to avoid military action by transferring to the construction corps and being stationed behind the lines in Nemirow a small town in newly occupied Ukraine where he was to oversee the building of a road He had done all he could to minimise his involvement in the war Yet only weeks after his posting he awoke to the sound of the Jews of Nemirow being rounded up Full details of the heroic way he dealt with this are at the below link euivalent character in the novel is Otto after Rachel’s grandfather Pohl with effectively the same back story – and the book opens with him witnessing German soldiers rounding up Jews that have disobeyed a command to gather at the brickworks with some basic possessions as though for a short journey The book is largely set over the next three days of November 1941 as that round up plays out in way that is tragically inevitable to us 75 years later but which those caught up in those events on all sides fail sometimes willfully to recognise even as it is happeningOtto is one of a number of third person point of view characters others include; a peasant girl Yasia and her fiancee Mykola a Red Army deserter now serving as an auxillary policeman for the Germans; Ephraim a Jewish man who co operated with the reuest to report but is anxious about his headstrong son Yankel and his younger brother Momik who fled the previous night Yankel is the “boy in winter” of the title but in an interesting stylistic choice is never the main character and we only see him and sense his feeling and characters through those that interact with himThe book has two memorable set pieces In the first Pohl who the author describes in her article as compared to Willi Ahrem less a righteous German than a man who tries his best at the worst of all imaginable moments desperate for workers to meet his demanding targets for completion of the road is ordered by the local SS commander to select workers from the gathered Jews Pohl sense a trap for himself given the unsuitability of those his foreman starts suggesting and seeing the brutality with which the Jews are treated refuses to co operate with what he sees as a degrading process for them – the reader of course realises as tragically too late does Pohl when the sounds of repeated gunshots rings out later that the SS commander is offering him the chance to redeem a small number of the Jews In the second we witness the inevitable but terrible and chaotic massacre but from the viewpoint via Mykola of those forced to take part in facilitating it desensitised by alcohol These both occur in the second third of the novel – and in my view the story rather loses its impact in its final third which focuses on Yasia’s sheltering of the two young brothers and then escape with them to her marsh dwelling relativesNevertheless a memorable story

  7. Jill Jill says:

    The sheer barbarity and unthinkable horror of the Holocaust begs a uestion how should literary writers most of whom were not alive in those times portray such a heinous event in literature? Some use their art to transcend the Holocaust and prove that in the arc of history art will always trump evil; among these works are White Hotel Mischling and Zone of Interest The vast majority of works however exploit it to provide readers with a sense of moral outrage combined with a satisfying sense of redemption “I could never do THAT”At a time when incredibly anti Semitism is again on the rise these novels are necessary so that the lessons of history won’t fade into the background I “enjoyed” Rachel Seiffert’s novel if “enjoyed” is the right word She’s a good writer But did she add anything to the many shelves of Holocaust themed books? That’s the uestion I asked myselfHer book takes place in the Ukraine in 1941 as German troops march in to murder the Jews As the Jews uake with terror not knowing their fate two young boys escape Yankel and his little brother This story is integrated with two others the story of Yasia a marsh girl in her late teens who was on the cusp of marriage before her fiancée cast his lot with the Reds and German engineer Otto Pohl who is masterminding a road and whose conscience refuses to let him simply do his jobIn cinematic fashion the stories are developed and the characters earn our empathy; in short we root for them Parts of the story are of course preordained But there is also a formulaic sense—we know these stories will integrate and if we’re honest with ourselves we have a feeling of where each character will end up in the endFor me this is a hard book to rate It’s a good book plot driven fast moving and capable of creating all the emotions it sets out to do Yet it doesn’t really cover new creative ground and its appropriation of the Holocaust to serve the literary gods left me feeling unsettled

  8. Hugh Hugh says:

    I must admit that sometimes I feel there are just too many books set against the stark backdrop of the Holocaust but this simple but affecting fable almost succeeded in changing my mind The language is plain but there is barely a word wasted as the multiple characters whose stories alternate at the start of the book are reduced to just three survivorsMost of the story occurs over a few days in a Ukrainian town as the Germans arrive and arrest the substantial Jewish population The titular boy escapes with his young brother and is helped by a farm girl who has come to town to sell produce When she too is threatened she leads them towards her uncle who lives in marshland held by partisan guerillas

  9. Simon Simon says:

    Finished Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 longlisted A Boy In Winter this morning with my new giant mug Wasn’t sure about this one at first as it’s uite slow yet flits suddenly between characters There’s a very haunting section in the middle and the final third really finds its feet A little hit and miss for me on and off overall though

  10. Jennifer (Insert Lit Pun) Jennifer (Insert Lit Pun) says:

    A book of muted beauty – but ultimately I think the “muted” aspect is the significant one Video review here

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