Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Large Print - 2017
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It's 1939 and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, mentally disabled, or -- like Mary's favorite student, Zachary -- have colored skin. Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself. But Tom finds distraction in Mary, first as her employer and then as their relationship quickly develops in the emotionally charged times. When Mary meets Alastair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle and -- while war escalates and bombs begin falling around them -- further into a new world unlike any they've ever known.
Published: Farmington Hills, Mich. :, Large Print Press, a part of Gale Cengage Learning,, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781432837785
1432837788
Branch Call Number: F CLE
Characteristics: 665 pages (large print) ;,22 cm.
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lilypad_1
Feb 14, 2019

Beautifully written, characters deeply fleshed out, impact of war on society as a whole and on different parts of society, strong female characters and sympathetic male characters-not the usual stories of men in trenches. I wanted to skip over some parts that were graphic but then would realize I missed some beautiful writing so went back over. Love this author.

BPLpicks Jan 28, 2019

The intensity of the London blitz and the siege of Malta become all too real as I listened to the brilliant audio verson of this title. This character driven novel is not to be missed by readers of The Nightingale, All The Light We Cannot See and The Light Between Oceans.

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Havanacat
Jan 08, 2019

People. "A strikingly honest look at the changes war creates on a country's landscape and its people."

s33meread Dec 15, 2018

The plot moves a bit slow, but if you stay with it, you will be treated to the most beautiful descriptions and imagery. It's "Home Fires" and a bit of "Downton Abbey " all in one. I loved it.

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dpcheney
Oct 13, 2018

This is a very entertaining read. The characters brought to life with their sarcastic British humor, but are also flawed, and the main basis of the novel is essentially a study in how imperfect our lives are, and that of society, when even faced with enormous challenges, revert to basic instincts and prejudices. What sins are permissible even in a deathly struggle? What portions of our society are worth saving, which are abhorrent? The fact that one of the main characters' pre war career was to restore paintings plays nicely with the story. Also, I shall never open a jar of preserves without appreciation again.

EverythingTouches Jul 05, 2018

The friendship relationships in this one were truly special. I enjoyed the witty dialog and the subtle use of deep affection and loyalty to develop them. However I found the romances to be tedious and overly complicated. The coverage of the WWII bombing of London and the prejudices suffered by African Americans was interesting. There were some well written parts but mostly I felt the emphasis was on moving the story quickly along, sacrificing meaningful moments that might resonate with the reader.

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r0cdjmg
Mar 19, 2018

I liked the story and the characters but it was very sad.

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becker
Aug 27, 2017

There is no end to the amount of World War II fiction that is available and I have read a lot of it. Yet each book seems to offer a different perspective or experience of the same story and I never seem to grow tired of it. Everyone Brave is Forgiven takes the chaos of the war and then zooms the story down to 4 individual lives. 4 friends who all have their own unique personal journey through the war but who connect in ways that I found very touching. It demonstrates the impact of war not only on the personal level but also on the person's role in society. Where do we fit? Where do we belong, and how does the war change all the rules?

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wyenotgo
Jul 05, 2017

I know I'm at odds with most reviewers but Cleave's terribly clever British repartee is infuriatingly phony, like fingernails screeching on a blackboard. Were there ever living people who talked that way? If so, I'm happy not to have met them! And then there are sentences such as: "She supposed that nature had no provision for conkers beyond the earnest expectation that boys in knee shorts would always come, world without end, to take them home and dangle them on shoe laces and invest each one with brash and improbable hope." Pardon me, but what in God's holy name does that mean?
As for the characters: A quartet of prigs.
Yes, the book has garnered positive reviews; Its merit begins to emerge 80+ pages in. But the style, the language, the characters, none of it appeals to me and the annoying aspects overwhelmed it.

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MindfulDaydreamer
Jan 10, 2017

Engaging, witty, and beautifully written.

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