Carry Me

Carry Me

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Billy Lange is born in 1909 on the Isle of Wight, England, where his father is the skipper of a racing yacht belonging to a wealthy German-Jewish baron. As a child, Billy is entranced by the baron's daughter, the elusive and willful Karin von Weinbrenner. After the First World War, Karin and Billy are reunited on the baron's Frankfurt estate, where they bond over their fascination with the Wild West novels of Karl May, the most popular author in the German language. Over the years, Billy and Karin's childhood friendship deepens and transforms into a complex love affair with extraordinarily high stakes. Coming of age in Frankfurt and Berlin, Billy and Karin share a passion for speed, jazz, and nightclubs. As society loses its moral bearings and Germany marches toward the Second World War, they also share a dream of escape -- from Germany, from history -- to El Llano Estacado, May's richly imagined New Mexico landscape.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] :, House of Anansi Press Inc.,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781770899995
Characteristics: 443 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 19, 2017

Probably ranks in my top ten favourite novels.

May 03, 2017

I loved this book. It's a family saga of wide range and poignancy, seen through the eyes of the youngest member of a family haunted by chance and war. Hitler's takeover of Germany is well described as the horror and terror of being Jewish increase and the lives of those not Jewish are become interwined with one Jewish baronial family are also affected. I recommend this highly!

Dec 02, 2016

Quintessential literary novel. Some good ideas, but all over the map as regards story-telling. I couldn't plough all the way through.

Nov 26, 2016

I liked it, but thought it could have been a bit shorter. It helps us understand what it was like in Germany for the Germans who weren't Nazis.

May 30, 2016

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Feb 24, 2018

The lives of two young people (with mixed Irish and German) heritage growing up in England, Ireland and Germany during WW1 and the period between WW1 and WW2. A good reminder of what was going on in Germany in the time between the two wars.

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