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Free eBook Title: SUMMER AT GAGLOW download ISBN: 0747597693
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Summer At Gaglow book. Alternating between Sarah's life and her grandmother's childhood during the First World War, Summer at Gaglow unites four generations of an extraordinary family across the vast reaches of silence, place, loss, and time.

This is not a continuation of Gaglow but the same book that has been retitled. it is no better for having a different title and ia eqaully slow moving with no feeling behind the story.

She couldn’t think where to start. Everything that came to her was not to be put down and after half an hour she was still sitting with a blank page and a streak of ink along her thumb. Everything that came to her was not to be put down and after half an hour she was still sitting with a blank page and a streak of ink along her thumb m very cheerful to bring up the impending marriage of Angelika Samson to an officer, or their hopeless attempts at finding Fräulein Schulze. Instead she decided to describe the Gaglow gardens, the frostbitten vegetables, dug up too late, and the frozen orchard.

It is Emanuel's twenty-first birthday, and eleven-year-old Eva and her sisters are helping transform Gaglow for a glorious party. But their brother's arrival is overshadowed by the talk of war that comes with him from Hamburg, and when he is wrenched from the family to serve his country, Eva knows that nothing will be the same again. Seventy-five years later, with the fall of the Berlin Wall, Sarah's father begins to tell her about Gaglow, the grand East German country estate that will now come back to them.

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Summer at Gaglow - Esther Freud

Summer at Gaglow - Esther Freud. There was a large, leather-topped desk in the centre of the room, on which lay a book of paper, ragged at the edges like raw silk, and so heavy it was hardly worth the effort it took to close it. Stone-edged windows looked out onto the flower garden, and each deep window-seat had a rug arranged on it, especially plumped and folded for Marianna’s dogs.

Sarah is already in her late twenties with an acting career in London and a baby on the way when she learns from her father about Gaglow, his family's grand East German country estate that was seized before the war. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, the estate will now come back to them.

Originally published: Gaglow. London : Hamish Hamilton, 1997. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Summer at Gaglow is her fine response to these doubters, even though a certain paintbrush-wielding pater is very much in evidence

Summer at Gaglow is her fine response to these doubters, even though a certain paintbrush-wielding pater is very much in evidence. The book opens in Germany in the summer of 1914, when the Great War's hostilities are still in the future. But at Gaglow, the Belgard family's summer estate, hostilities are rather more in evidence. In a brief, beautifully written chapter, Freud fills in the clan's jealousies, secrets, and subterfuges.

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This book was well written. The character development was in depth. This was the first book by Esther Freud I have read. I plan to read her other novels. It was a nice, refreshing read.
I quite enjoyed this book for a number of different reasons. Firstly, it was remarkably easy to read considering the setting and the context: The first World War in Germany. I’m not sure what exactly made it so easy to read – perhaps the narrative flow or the characters themselves. The book itself is structured around two separate narrative strands. Firstly there is the 1914 context; a wealthy upper class family with three sisters, living in the lap of luxury, partly in Berlin and partly in their summer home in Gaglow. The frivolity of their existence flutters against the backdrop of pre-War Germany and they are concerned with the typical ‘worries’ of young girls of this period – their gowns, beaus and parties. But beneath this facade is a wonderful subtext of angst which arises in the strained relationship between the girls’ mother and their governess. There was something incredibly malicious and indeed malignant about this dynamic and I found the way that the governess manipulated the girls incredibly intriguing. At the same time, the mother’s inability to maintain any sort of connection with her daughters was similarly interesting. In all, the family dynamic was captivating.

The second narrative strand is a relatively contemporary one, set in London, it features the descendants of this wealthy German family. I didn’t find myself able to form the same connections to these modern families as I did to the original German ancestors. In the initial narrative I was lost in the swirl of events and entertained by the way in which each woman related to the other. While the modern families features a similar type of relationship between sisters, it didn’t have any of the same nuances and I found the girls difficult to know in the same way that I felt I knew the original troupe – Eva, Martha, Bina.

Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Not a perfect book, but it certainly has some wonderful features.
I have read all but one of Esther Freud's novels, and this is one of my favourites. She admits her books have an autobiographical element, and in this story of two generations separated by 60 years the modern day family is recognisable.

This book for me gradually builds up the interest level until almost the end. Anyone interested in the history of the First World War will be grateful perhaps for the German perspective; the pictures of life in Berlin and the German countryside and especially the German soldier are very memorable. The earlier family is drawn in more detail than that of Sarah, the single mother in the modern day, whose father in the link between the stories.

I'm not sure I could tell you why the combination of epochs seems to work but it does, perhaps it's something to do with the way events have of creating disjunctures in peoples' lives; how people, perhaps especially women, create closeness and density and the effect caesures have on these patterns.
I was very caught up in the story of the Belgard family during the First World War, and would have liked the book to continue on about them, through the inflation, the Hitler years and World War II. I was not at all interested in Sarah and her presenet day family. If the author wanted to introduce the contemporary issue of returning property in the former East Germany to its original owners, she could have put them in the first and last chapters instead of making them half the book. There seems no other point to their existence. Unless you get into the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich, there also seems no point in making the characters a Jewish family or emphasizing this. They seem to be Jewish in name only; no religious holidays are ever celebrated, no one goes to the synagogue, the parents were married at the Society of Friends. There are one or two prejudicial remarks made by others, but this book almost trivializes the problems of anti-Semitism in Germany, even before Hitler came to power. So much time is wasted talking about Sarah and her baby and her friends and relatives that serve no purpose that important questions about the other family go unanswered. Why did the governess try to turn the daughters against the mother? Didn't any of these girls ever try to think for themselves? What made the father sink into such a depression without anyone appearing to notice? I think the author couldnt decide which story she wanted to tell and wound up with half of a good story and a lot of meaningless chapters sandwiched in between.
From the very first line of this novel, I was hooked and there was no going back. It was one of those novels I found myself having to stay up until 3AM to finish. I must warn you that Freud's descriptive narrative will make you feel something and for an entire day after finishing this book, I felt rather dreamy and contemplative. For me this is a good thing. The novel alternates between the lives of three sisters, their brother and parents living in pre-WWI Germany to the present day where the granddaughter of the youngest sister tries to find her place in the world. The two generations are separated by war, place and time without any knowledge of the other and yet are connected by the sort of commonality that bonds family at the most unexpected times.