↠ Summer At Gaglow || ☆ PDF Read by ✓ Esther Freud

  • Title: Summer At Gaglow
  • Author: Esther Freud
  • ISBN: 9780880016728
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback

  • 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.Sarah attempts to solicit from her father all he knows about Gaglow the three lucky siSarah 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.Sarah attempts to solicit from her father all he knows about Gaglow the three lucky sisters, Bina, Martha, and Eva their masterly governess, Fraulein Schulze their father, Wolf Belgard, a prosperous Jewish grain dealer their mother, Marianna, a vulgar woman whose children privately mocked her and their older brother, Emanuel, wretched from the family to serve his country.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.
    Esther Freud
    Esther Freud was born in London in 1963 As a young child she travelled through Morocco with her mother and sister, returning to England aged six where she attended a Rudolf Steiner school in Sussex In 1979 she moved to London to study Drama, going on to work as an actress, both in theatre and television, and forming her own company with fellow actress writer Kitty Aldridge The Norfolk Broads Her first novel Hideous Kinky, was published in 1992 and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and made into a film starring Kate Winslet In 1993, after the publication of her second novel, Peerless Flats, she was named by Granta as one of the Best of Young Novelists under 40 She has since written seven novels, including The Sea House, Love Falls and Lucky Break She also writes stories, articles and travel pieces for newspapers and magazines, and teaches creative writing, in her own local group and at the Faber Academy Her most recent book, Mr Mac and Me, is due for release in September 2014 She lives in London with her husband, the actor David Morrissey, and their three children.


    Three sisters in the time preceding and during World War I in Germany find common ground in their disdain for their mother and love of their brother. In a parallel story in the present day, three half-sisters in England find common ground in their love for and frustration with their father, among other things. These stories are told in alternating chapters. In the center of them all, looming like a shadow, is a grand home in the German countryside, Gaglow.Gaglow is given as payment of a debt to [...]

    Interesting enough story set in two time periods about two sections of the same family left me with a lot of ponderings. I've read a lot of Freud's books and I really like her writing. This was good but I don't think it was my favourite. There are some of the usual traits in here: the relationship between mothers and daughters, well-written children; the usual single hippy mother; although this one has only just given birth, whereas her other mothers tend to have walking and talking kids.The mod [...]

    Moushumi Ghosh
    I absolutely enjoyed reading this Esther Freud book. After 'Hideous Kinky', I would say this is the book that matches that standard. When reading about the Second World War, the 'other side', is not usually focused on. We know what happened to the British, French and Indians. (Disclaimer: This is just my opinion and reflects my access to books and my reading pattern only. If you have had a different experience, feel free to contradict.) There are so many books - fiction and non fiction- in popul [...]

    Sally Knotwell
    From the first page, I felt as though I would not hate this book. Most of the time I either Love a book or I HATE it. This book was really a faster read than I expected it to be. At times, I stopped to wonder about what the whole point of the book was. And the ending was confusing to say the least. It didn't seem to end. I felt as though the author had nothing else to say so she placed a period at the end of the sentence and shut the cover! I can, however, see how family histories can be distort [...]

    "Summer at Gaglow" gives the reader a glimpse into pre-WWI Germany with its many nuances of class and culture. Gaglow itself is the country home that represents the loss of civility for the Belgard’s, a wealthy Jewish family. The family made up of an eccentric mother, proper father, duty-bound son, and three daughters, the youngest being Eva. The book also tells a parallel modern-day story of Eva’s granddaughter Sarah and her search for her own identity leading her back to the pivotal family [...]

    Summer at Gaglow tells two related stories from two different time periods, connected by family ties and the German country estate, Gaglow, of the title. Freud tells of the World War One experiences of three Jewish sisters -- Bina, Martha and Eva -- living in Germany with their governess, their parents and their brother, Emanuel. Alternate chapters are narrated by Sarah, a new single mother living in late-twentieth-century London. Sarah's father, Michael, is the son of Eva. He is a painter and h [...]

    Freya Stewart
    The story of a family through time.This book balances really well the experiences of the family during WWI and the experiences of their children and grandchildren today. I really enjoyed this book, it was a quick easy read and quite engaging though I did sometimes find that the plot lagged in certain areas and I found the WWI chapters more interesting than those involving Sarah. I also was disappointed that the book builds up to Sarah visiting Gaglow before it is sold but this doesn't happen unt [...]

    Lots that is interesting in this book, in particular details of the experience of World War I from the German perspective, and also the sections on the modern day character sitting for a painting by her father, presumably based on the writer's own experiences with her father, Lucian Freud. Overall it feels a little slight, and not as deeply engaging as its subject matter suggests, and also I found the ending rather abrupt and unsatisfying. The "twist" is obvious ages beforehand, and everything e [...]

    This was a book club selection. I'm not particularly wild about books that jump from the present to the past & back again. Books with that premise have to be absolutely engrossing to keep my attention. This book wasn't engrossing in the least. I didn't relate or like any of the characters and I found the book rather dull & plodding. I hate to say that I didn't finish another book from the book club, but I have to admit that I didn't finish the book. It just didn't keep my interest.

    In de serie 'boeken voor de zomer met 'zomer' in de titel': de moeite waard. De rest van het oeuvre verkennen bleek niet zo'n nodige uitstap. Hoe 'Zomer in Gaglow' aanspreekt omwille van zijn connectie over generaties heen, zozeer herhaalt het thema zich in andere boeken (bv. liefdesval). Desondanks is één werk van Freud lezen (ook over generaties heen?) niet overbodig.

    I stayed up too late reading this book. I wanted to give the character Brina a good shake. She was more destructive to the family than the war.It was the tale of four generations of a German Jewish family. It was a story of family ties and a house that bound them even after the family had scattered across Europe.

    Reminded me of Jane Austen, a tad slow in the first half, occasionally interrupted by modern-day offshoot chapters that never quite seemed relevant. Even the ending failed to deliver conclusive closure. The book does leave a general feeling of contentment.

    A beautiful, delicate book about families, loss and redemption. The tale moves back and forth from World War I Germany to modern England, with a country home called Gaglow the emotional anchor for two different generations. Esther Freud's writing is evocative but powerful.

    Lynn Kearney
    I'm probably more interested in what I assume are the semi- autobiographical details of the author's famous family - she's the daughter of painter Lucian Freud and the great granddaughter of Sigmund - than I was in the plot. Very readable though.

    Annie Guthrie
    Interesting book which held my interestbut the vendetta inspired by the Nanny toward the Mother seemed bizarrejust did not ring true to me.

    Melanie Vidrine
    very good book

    interesting flip flop from past to present, all the family secrets weren't revealed though

    Very atmospheric and a pleasant read. Especially loved learning about the painter's process as I have always been a fan of Lucian Freud's art.

    Beautiful book and story. Sad - but a real life experience that many - many people have in their own histories. Told well.

    I registered a book at BookCrossing!BookCrossing/journal/14157797

    Eh. Disappointing in the end. Every book of hers that I've read is a pleasant enough read but isn't weighty enough to make much of an impression.

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