Frederic Raphael After the War

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After the War

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This novel is set in the years between 1943 and the 1960s in wartime Devon and occupied Germany and Paris. The author also wrote "The Glittering Prizes", which won the Royal Televison Society's Writer of the Year Award, and "Darling", which won an Oscar for best original screenplay.

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Epic in length, breadth of canvas and assemblage of characters, this latest work by the author of The Glittering Prizes chronicles the life of Michael Jordan from his undistinguished schooldays during WW II to his success as a playwright. Proud to be English, Michael is made to confront the fact that he is also Jewish when a refugee from Nazi Germany, Joe Hirsch, comes to his school. Ambivalence about his identity and self-worth continues to trouble him, in spite of the many women who love him and the men in high places who seek him out. Michael's uncertainties contrast with the directness of his sister Rachel, whose life in East Africa, at the center of political maneuvering and revolution, runs in tandem with his. The book is loaded with plots and counter-plots that take us to France, Greece and Germany, and expose Nazi collaborators and British compromisers, with Joe Hirsch popping up from time to time to threaten Michael's always shaky peace of mind. Accomplished, acerbic and one-liner-witty, this is nonetheless a novel whose huge and handsome cast, complex plot ting and terribly clever dialogue keep the reader at a distance.
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From Library Journal:

This penetrating portrait of postwar Britain focuses on the Anglo-Jewish Jordan family. Telling the story largely through witty, biting dialogue, Raphael, also author of the popular Anglo-Jewish novel The Glittering Prizes ( LJ 3/15/78), portrays the Jordans as victims of their desire to be British first, Jewish second. The father, Samuel, a distinguished barrister, is manipulated into exonerating a German industrialist of alleged war crimes. The son, Michael, a playwright with a conscience, is continually betrayed by his intellectual friends and colleagues. The daughter, Rachel, loses her husband in what may have been a covert British attempt to overthrow a new African government. Raphael paints a picture of a nasty, small-minded Britain, whose diplomats and intellectuals are only motivated by self-interest. A challenging but satisfying read.
- Andrea Caron Kempf, Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, Kan.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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