Far to Go

Far to Go

Alison Pick / Jun 18, 2019

Far to Go Winner of the Helen and Stan Vine Jewish Book Award and finalist for the Man Booker PrizeIn Far to Go one of our most accomplished young writers takes us inside the world of an affluent Jewish family

  • Title: Far to Go
  • Author: Alison Pick
  • ISBN: 9780887842382
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Winner of the Helen and Stan Vine Jewish Book Award and finalist for the Man Booker PrizeIn Far to Go, one of our most accomplished young writers takes us inside the world of an affluent Jewish family in Prague during the lead up to Hitler s invasion of Czechoslovakia.In 1939, Pavel and Anneliese Bauer are secular Jews whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of HWinner of the Helen and Stan Vine Jewish Book Award and finalist for the Man Booker PrizeIn Far to Go, one of our most accomplished young writers takes us inside the world of an affluent Jewish family in Prague during the lead up to Hitler s invasion of Czechoslovakia.In 1939, Pavel and Anneliese Bauer are secular Jews whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of Hitler They are unable to leave the country in time to avoid deportation, but they do manage to get their six year old son Pepik a place on a Kindertransport Meanwhile, a fascinating and compelling present day strand in the story slowly reveals the unexpected fates of each of the Bauers Through a series of surprising twists, Pick leads us to ask What does it mean to cling to identity in the face of persecution And what are the consequences if you attempt to change your identity Inspired by the harrowing five year journey Alison Pick s own grandparents embarked upon from their native Czechoslovakia to Canada during the Second World War, Far to Go is an epic historical novel that traces one family s journey through these tumultuous and traumatic events A layered, beautifully written, moving, and suspenseful story by one of our rising literary stars.

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        ALISON PICK S best selling novel FAR TO GO was nominated for the Man Booker Prize and won the Canadian Jewish Book Award It was a Top 10 Book of 2010 at NOW magazine and the Toronto Star, and was published to international acclaim Alison was the winner of the 2002 Bronwen Wallace Award for the most promising writer in Canada under 35 Currently on Faculty at the Humber School for Writers and the Banff Centre for the Arts, she lives and writes in Toronto.


    476 Comments

    1. "There were families in England who gave up everything they had, and often what they did not have, to offer a tiny traveler some kind of home. There are stories of love and heartbreaking humanity– – but these are not the bulk of the stories." "What I have found far more frequently are cases of trauma and upset. The Kindertransport children that were sent out of Czechoslovakia often spoke no English. They arrived in a country with no desire for war, battling tensions about its own role in the [...]


    2. 4.5 " unbelievably sad and beautiful" stars 8th Favorite Read of 2015 Ms. Pick's book "Far to Go" was long listed for the 2011 booker prize and won the Canadian Jewish Book Prize for fiction that same year.I don't have many words for this book as it completely overwhelmed me emotionally. I cried on the bus, at Starbucks and onto my partner's eggroll at Panda Hut (He said "Jaidee there is enough sodium in the eggroll- you don't have to add to it")The book is gorgeously written with characters tha [...]


    3. I was enjoying this until I realised the author was writing a different novel to the one I wanted to read, was following characters I wasn't interested in. There were clues early on that this was going to go off the rails when an overwrought narrator kept interrupting the wartime narrative to speak in the first person. However, these interludes were short so it was easy to ignore them and hope for the best. What interested me initially was she focused on two characters who were potentially dange [...]


    4. Imagine if a war is brewing around you, but you don't have the knowledge of WW2, its history, causes, and its ultimate two tragedies (the Holocaust and the atom bombings) and their repercussions. Imagine that you are not lucky enough to have read about what Hitler did, from your living room or classroom, and rail against his actions in indignation, disgust and disbelief. Imagine that WW2 never happened - instead it is only going to happen, soon, in exactly the same way and we are going to be pup [...]


    5. DEFINITELY NO SPOILERS!!!This has been difficult to achieve. ETA: I admit defeat. I only want to give this book three stars, and I do not quite now why. The book was perfectly executed. It kept me reading. The characters were well rounded. The writing was fine. Some nice similes were included, but they were not excessive! But somerthing didn't work for me. It felt like fiction. The book was just plain kind of ordinary Sorry for being so unclear! I simply cannot give this and On Hitler's Mountain [...]


    6. Once in a while a book comes along that unexpectidly blows you away. This is that book.Far to Go is set in Czechoslovaki in 1938, just before the outbreak of WW2. Pavel and Anneliese Bauer live with their 5 year old son, Pepik, in a suburban appartment in the northern region of Sudetenland. They own a factory, they have money, enjoy nights in at the theatre and employ a live-in nanny, Marta, to look after their son. They have a life – a good one – that is until the Nazi occupation and annexa [...]


    7. Very competently put together -- but lacked the emotional power of the Invisible Bridge, another recent book that similarly drew on family history to illuminate a particular corner of the Holocaust and to tell a sweeping family story that was not about the camps but about the lived experience, before the camps, in a specific country (there Hungary, here Czechoslovakia). While the story has some wrenching twists and turns, there is a little too much telling of history (characters neatly recount h [...]


    8. Reading this book was a fascinating experience in reading. Two chapters in I had the book in hand, ready to chuck it across the room into the waste bin (something I am fond of doing--too many books out there to waste precious time on the less-than-great) for references to sex, a seemingly stagnant plot, not great writing, a general boring alert. At the last minute, however, I decided to keep reading since I have read little historical fiction about Czechloslovakia (now the Czech Republic of cour [...]


    9. I read this because it was on the long list for the Man Booker Prize in 2011. If I was voting, I'd pick this as one of the books for the short list. It tells a compelling story of secular Jews in Czechoslovakia, from the perspective of their "gentile" nanny, Marta. It covers Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia, the kindertransport, and focuses on themes of religious identity and betrayal. Interspersed are brief chapters from the perspective of a retired academic who is doing interviews with grow [...]


    10. Czechoslovakia. 1938. War is coming, and invasion by Germany seems inevitable.Pavel and Anneliese Bauer think that they will be safe. That their young son, Pepik, will be safe. They are affluent, successful, good people.Yes, they are Jews, but they are secular Jews, not practicing the faith.But of course they won’t be safe. And they will have to make painful decisions about what to do, about how best to protect their son.Alison Pick tells their story simply and clearly. She picks out details b [...]


    11. What happens in Prague is the heart of the story, which I won’t tell you about in fear of spoiling it for you, and this book suddenly turns into a constant thriller. To say that this book is a page-turner is the understatement of the year. I was up all night reading this book in one night, sick with worry, grieving for characters and the fate I was expecting them to have. Not even I could imagine what was going to happen to them next, and I fancy myself a great predictor of books and movies. P [...]


    12. The inspiration behind Far to Go is Alison Pick’s own family history. Her grandparents were forced to flee from persecution in Czechoslovakia during the Second World War, eventually settling in Canada. She uses this to create the story of the Bauer family, a priviledged Czech family who are Jewish by birth but don’t really practise their faith. However, Pavel, Anneliese and their young son Pepik are Jewish enough to become targets as the Nazi occupations spreads across Europe. The family mus [...]


    13. Alison Pick's recent novel, Far to go, tells the story of one family's efforts to survive the persecution of Jews in Czechoslovakia during 1938/39. Among the books written on this theme, Pick stands out in that she integrates the personal with the historical. Inspired by her own family history, she interweaves the past events with a present-day narrative thread. One adds to the other's understanding in the reader. The primary narrator is Marta, an orphaned country girl, dependent on the family o [...]


    14. Far to Go is a novel that is very well written and has all that I expected from it - lyrical prose and emotional content grounded in excellent research punctuated with quotes from the lives of many of the people involved in the tragedy of Europe in the late 1930's and a short note regarding their ultimate fate.A story of Jewish people and gentiles, of relationships straining or blossoming under the extreme stress of the period, of a time of madness at which we sometimes look back and wonder "how [...]


    15. Marta works as a governess for Pavel and Annelise Bauer, an affluent Jewish family in Czechoslovakia. When the Sudetenland is given up to Germany in the Munich Agreement, in an effort to restrain Hitler, the Bauers (though secular Jews) fear for their lives. They, thus, flee to Prague with Marta in tow. Believing they have escaped Hitler, they settle into new lifes. That is until Marta betrays them and the consequences of her actions will have a marked effect on her own life.This is the type of [...]


    16. One of the longlisted novels for the Booker Prize 2011, Far to Go is certainly attracting a lot of attention from readers and all with good reason - it's a refreshing look at a period of history which should never grow stale in our minds no matter how many years go by.The main focus of the novel is on the Bauers, a young, secular Jewish family living in Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia which has been invaded by Germany. Pavel, a wealthy factory owner, Anneliese, his stunning, self obsessed wife and t [...]


    17. Yet another book on the Booker longlist that didn't make it to the shortlist. Once again, I trust the quality of this book speaks volumes about the quality of the books that did make it to the shortlist. First, a confession. I generally avoid holocaust novels. Perhaps that's not true, but I don't find myself racing out to read them. I never read nor saw "Schindler's List." I did see "The Reader" but never read it. I do read Lily Brett's holocaust novels, but I never go back and reread them--that [...]


    18. "You wanted to protect him? Look what your protection has done. Now he can't get out of the country at all.""Who was it? The secretary?""Yes, the Secretary. And you can guess what he said" "There must be something we can do" "No," Pavel Said. "He made it very clear. The decision was Winston's, in fact. Because, you see, there are so many Jewish children desperate to get out that is simply doesn't make sense to send those with a Christian baptismal certificate."Far To Go: Alison Pick. A family li [...]


    19. A great piece of literature. It goes beyond the politics and the labels of the people of 1938-1943 Czechoslovakia and deals with the human conditions of that era and beyond to our time.Page 6-7"I wish this were a happy story. A story to mae you doubt, and despair, and then have your hopes redeemed so you could believe again, at the last minute, in the essential goodness of the world around us and the people in it. There are few things in life, though, that turn out for the best, with real happy [...]


    20. I have a fascination with the Holocaust and things surrounding it. I know that sounds bad, but I think there is part of me that will never understand, never grasp, how something like that could happen. In a way, I am in awe of Hilter. How he could command so many people to do his will. I am not saying I respect him or condone him in any way. I just can't believe that one person was able to have that much control over a nation. Although, today in the US, I do see my fair share of what I would con [...]


    21. Tíživé a silné téma očima jedné z mnoha rodin, které podobný osud postihl. A vlastně ještě lépe - očima vychovatelky jejich syna, která má jistý odstup a přitom je tak moc součástí těchto osudů. Napsáno velice poutavě, autorka zvolila prolínání dvou dob, současnosti, kdy potkáváme autorku onoho příběhu, a minulosti v letech 1938-39, kdy se ten příběh odehrává. K tomu ilustraci v podobě dobových dopisů, které dokreslují atmosféru, jež hutní každou s [...]


    22. I wanted to like this book more than I did, because of the premise of it. Unfortunately, all the flashes between past and present wore away at my interest, and I just wanted it to stay in the past. The past story was a little weak, but I felt like the present-day part of the story really didn't add anything, and was a bit too overdone. Of course, once I got to the end, and realized why these flashes happened, it felt like I could have tossed away the whole book and been better for it. Greatly di [...]


    23. Title: Far To GoAuthor: Alison PickDate Published: May 2011ISBN: 978-0-06-203462-5Publisher: Harper PerennialPages: 368Genre: Historical Fiction; Contemporary FictionRating: 4.5 out of 5Publisher’s Book Summary: When Czechoslovakia relinquishes the Sudetenland to Hitler, the powerful influence of Nazi propaganda sweeps through towns and villages like a sinister vanguard of the Reich's advancing army. A fiercely patriotic secular Jew, Pavel Bauer is helpless to prevent his world from unraveling [...]


    24. Would opening words such as these turn you away from a book?"I wish this were a happy story. A story to make you doubt, and despair, and then have your hopes redeemed so you could believe again, at the last minute, in the essential goodness of the world around us and the people in it. There are few things in life, though, that turn out for the best, with real happy endings."They shouldn't. They're spoken by the world-weary but compassionate modern day narrator of a generations-old tale. The narr [...]


    25. Pavel and Annaliese Bauer and their young son Pepik live in Czechoslovakia, along with Pepik’s nanny Marta, who has no family of her own, but carries on an affair with married man Ernst. The family has Jewish roots, though they themselves have barely embraced this side of their lives thus far. It is 1938, and with Hitler in power, Chamberlain operating a policy of appeasement and handing over the Sudetenland to Germany, everything is about to change for the Bauer’s. Though stubborn at first, [...]


    26. 'Far to Go' is the story of the Bauer family, Pavel, Anneliese and their six year old son Pepik, along with Pepik's governess, Marta, they live a quiet life in Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia. Their lives are changed forever with the arrival of Adolf Hitler and his government in 1939, the Bauer family, who are Jewish but chose not to practice their religion believe they will be safe because of this. Pavel is outraged by the fall of the Sudetenland and the fall of the government but he still believes [...]


    27. iwriteinbooks.wordpress/20Marta’s life is as normal as any life might be, living and working as a governess for a wealthy family in war-time Czechoslovakia. Though, at the rise of the curtain, Hitler has only just gotten a grip in the Sudetenland, the anti-Semitic sound machine is in full swing. The propaganda throws Marta into an emotional tailspin as she struggles to separate fact from fiction, pitting her own happiness and safety against her loyalty to the family that works and lives for.He [...]


    28. I have to admit that when I read on the jacket that this novel was a Holocaust novel I was a bit skeptical as to Pick's ability to add much to this already thoroughly examined/ explored/ testimonied subject. It takes some guts to go there after Elie Wiesel, Primo Levi, etc. But then maybe with the success of Tatiana de rosnay and others like Jenna Blum people have decided that there are still stories to tell and that telling these new stories is not meant as a disrespect to those told by actual [...]


    29. This book is so beautifully written, so incredibly loving and kind. Its content is heart-wrenching and informative and so, so painful. But Alison Pick delivers it as gentle and intelligent a way as possible. The characters experience the onset of a horrific war in a way that makes your heart beat faster and faster, like watching a frog in increasingly warming water. The frog has no idea what's coming, but you do. Ugh -- the book leaves me throbbing. And in this time of millions of refugees leavi [...]


    30. This is the first book I've picked up from the 2011 Booker Prize longlist. By the end of the Kindle sample - where I usually decide whether I want to keep reading or not - I really wasn't into the story, hadn't figured the characters out and wasn't especially bothered about keeping reading. I went against my own judgement however and carried on. And got captivated by the family story.In retrospect it is hard to understand why all Jewish families weren't taking every opportunity to flee from Nazi [...]


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