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The Avenue Goes to War

The Avenue Goes to War World War II becomes an undeniable reality for the families of the Avenue in master storyteller R F Delderfield s gripping sequel to The Dreaming SuburbWith the world at war again the inhabitants of

  • Title: The Avenue Goes to War
  • Author: R.F. Delderfield
  • ISBN: 9780671802776
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Paperback
  • World War II becomes an undeniable reality for the families of the Avenue in master storyteller R F Delderfield s gripping sequel to The Dreaming SuburbWith the world at war again, the inhabitants of the Avenue confront an uncertain future Longtime Number Twenty resident Jim Carver once found fighting immoral, but when Luftwaffe bombs fall on his beloved Avenue he dediWorld War II becomes an undeniable reality for the families of the Avenue in master storyteller R F Delderfield s gripping sequel to The Dreaming SuburbWith the world at war again, the inhabitants of the Avenue confront an uncertain future Longtime Number Twenty resident Jim Carver once found fighting immoral, but when Luftwaffe bombs fall on his beloved Avenue he dedicates himself to the war effort His eldest son Archie has come a long way from grocer s errand boy to owner of a chain of successful shops Now he has fallen into an illicit affair with a neighbor on the Avenue whose husband is away fighting in the war Esther Frith lives a solitary life on the Avenue, seemingly oblivious to the dangers of falling bombs now that the ravages of war have struck her family Across the road at Number Twenty Two, reclusive Harold Godbeer hates what the war is doing to his country The Avenue Goes to War, the second novel in the Avenue saga that begins with The Dreaming Suburb, is a spellbinding novel about the connections forged between people during wartime.

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    1. This is part two of "The Avenue"-- to be read after The Dreaming Suburb. I really enjoy the second part more because learning about what the English suffered and how they persevered against Hitler is amazing. There are lots of long political rants that are tedious but either side of those rants are juicy paragraphs full of soap-opera like happenings, romance, death, betrayal and the like.It's the kind of book that you wish you could just read forever--- I would love for it to just go on describi [...]

    2. This is a great page-turner although the writing is straightforward, nothing poetic. The characters are so believable, Delderfield must have been a great observer of humans.piningforthewest/2017/0

    3. Delderfield celebrates the courage and determination of the everyday Londoners of "the Avenue". Each of the four central families of his story have men of fighting age, though bandleader Ted Hartnell is old enough that he has to conduct his personal war against Hitler by joining the Merchant Marines. Esme, Sydney, and Berni and Boxer approach the war in their individual ways, three of whom disappear into Europe for long periods of time. At home, every member of the Avenue has a role to play - ke [...]

    4. I enjoyed this trip into stubborn little England as it faces down the Blitz, but I would have given this (and The Dreaming Suburb) more stars if Delderfield had not missed several dramatic opportunities. Number one: Who really robbed Archie Carver of his (literally) barrels of money, and how? I kept waiting for Delderfield to reveal the mystery, and he never did. (So I guess we're supposed to take Archie's view of the thief's identity as gospel -- not something I'd normally do with Archie.) Numb [...]

    5. This is the follow up book to the dreaming suburb by Delderfield. It takes you through the lives of the same families during WW2 in England. Love this Book!!

    6. This novel continues the parallel stories of the fascinating cast of characters who live in a London suburb during the Second World War. It's a sequel to The Dreaming Suburb, the title of which reflected the lull between the two world wars. Beginning in 1939, the simple but stalwart folks who live on The Avenue rise to the occasion, experiencing bombing raids and personal demons with aplomb. My favourite character was Jim Carver, a First War veteran who suffers great personal loss and revises hi [...]

    7. Setting is very close to where I grew up and my parents had similar tales of living through the war in the southeast London suburbs. Very nostalgic book for me

    8. I loved this book. The characters were well developed and even though there were quite a few, it was not hard to remember them. I love historical novels and this did not disappoint.

    9. I would probably give this a 3.5 stars, but since you can't do that with this format I gave it 4 stars. I didn't realize until over half way through this book that it was so long because I read it on my kindle. I finally went to the place on the kindle where I could look it up and found it was over 600 pages. It starts out a bit slow and I must admit that it was a bit of a challenge to keep the characters straight. What I did like was how involved I became with these people in a London suburb wh [...]

    10. Could not put it down.I enjoyed this story so much that I felt that I was living in the avenue. All the characters come alive and you know them so well at the end and are so completely absorbed that you don't want the tale to finish. Where are today's Delderfields, Cronins, Collins etc. Modern books have so much violence,blood, explicit sex but there are few really good storytellers. Read the first book about the avenue before starting this one. A marathon jour:ney but well worth the many hours [...]

    11. This is part two that began with "The Dreaming Suburb", a British suburb starting from just before WWI and continuing to 1947. I love these multi-generational British novelists that put you right in the situation and has you rooting for the characters. It covers both the members of the family that go to war and those that stayed in the Avenue, a suburb of London. It brings out the scariness of German bombing and the V-1 and V-2 rockets fired on Britain. Excellent read

    12. An all-encompassing view of English life in the 20's-'45This is an e growsThis is a wonderful account following the lives of five families and their interactions during the stressful times leading up to and during the Second World War. I could hardly stop reading to eat or retire. One gets caught up in their travails and joyous occasions.

    13. The story of the people we met in The Dreaming Suburb continues as they struggle and persevere through WW2. As with the first book, I never wanted to put it down, and I didn't want it to end. Such beautifully written prose made the setting, the time, and the characters come to life, and although it was a difficult time in the past, I did not want to leave it.

    14. I loved this book! The first book in this series of 2 (The Dreaming Suburb) was very, very good but this one was even better. I never imagined that I could get so caught up in the lives of the people of a small neighborhood in London. But I really did. I would highly recommend these two books.

    15. A long book about WW2 and how the English weathered through the long storm. Of particular interest is the everyday life of ordinary people living in a horrific time. I have not read the first book but this was no problem. Interesting characters and realistic stories.

    16. This book and the first should have been one book. The author makes the characters your friend and you live the history with them. This covers the time during WWII and shortly after. Author does tend to draw out some parts but I still enjoyed it. I will read his other family historical sagas.

    17. I found an old copy of this book years ago in a used book store. I had no idea what an incredible treat I was about to enjoy. This book speaks to the relationships and the neighborhoods of London during the bombings of WW2. A terrific read for folks who love historical fiction.

    18. As with The Dreaming Suburb (book 1), Delderfield does a masterful job of pulling you into the lives of these characters during WWII London. I am sad that the series ends here.

    19. A great readDeerfield captures the english spirit of everyday people living through the bombs and loss of their loved ones. A wonderful and an addicting read for a wwll fan.

    20. I love Delderfield! This book is set in the outskirts of WWII London and tracks the lives of those living one street. It s wonderful!

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