Coming Home

Spring, 1947 In a few months time the British flag will be lowered all over India, and with Independence thousands of those who made their lives there as planters, civil servants, or in the Indian army will be returning to England.Among those coming home, as everyone speaks of it, are Will and Flo Sutherland, who fell in love at the end of the war India has been theSpring, 1947 In a few months time the British flag will be lowered all over India, and with Independence thousands of those who made their lives there as planters, civil servants, or in the Indian army will be returning to England.Among those coming home, as everyone speaks of it, are Will and Flo Sutherland, who fell in love at the end of the war India has been the defining experience of their lives how will they make a new life now Sue Gee s new novel is filled with pathos and humour, beautifully evoking an all but vanished world.
Coming Home Spring In a few months time the British flag will be lowered all over India and with Independence thousands of those who made their lives there as planters civil servants or in the Indian arm

  • Title: Coming Home
  • Author: Sue Gee
  • ISBN: 9781472207128
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Coming Home”

    1. I am so surprised by all the mediocre reviews of what I thought was a very evocative and thoughtfully written book. The story revolves around Flo and Will and their two children returning from India and settling back into life in 1950s England . The characters were well developede children especially were poignantly observed in their struggles to fit in and rise above the emotional bankruptcy of their parents themselves struggling to fit into a society where they felt like misfits. I liked the w [...]

    2. I found this pedestrian and dull - great subject matter, but heavy-handed in the telling and a laborious read. Also, with an attempt to include 'period' detail, it felt far too heavy and creaking with references to life style elements of the 50's and 60's as if the writer were determined to include as many as she could.

    3. Through each chapter, I was always expecting more to happen, something perhaps sinister. I kept wondering, what is this leading too. Unfortunately this book although nicely written is not really Sue Gee's best. Would rather recommend Reading in bed.

    4. A tale of a middle class family, set in England during the later half of last century. Told with compassion and style as one would expect from Sue Gee. Recommend.

    5. Last spring, not long after I had read The Fishing Fleet and Old Filth, I heard Sue Gee speak about this book at a literary luncheon. Colonials coming back to post-war Britain, a book inspired by the author's own parents and their reminiscences . . . yes, please . . . right up my alley.I saved it to read at my mother's house, mostly because I knew she would probably enjoy it, too -- and she did. But it is a mixed-bag of a book, full of clipped (and sometimes truncated) narration. The plot, as su [...]

    6. The blurb on this book SHOULD have read, "the story of a young couple living ordinary lives in post war Britain". Instead, the blurb, and the opening chapter, are about the couple's first few months together in India. I knew they were heading back to the UK, but I assumed there would be flashbacks to their Indian sojourn, or they'd end up returning there at some point - cue exotic locations and colourful characters. Or perhaps their Indian experience would have a major impact on how they cope wi [...]

    7. A copy of this book was received via Giveaways.Will and Flo Sutherland, met and married whilst in India post WW2. The British are leaving India and the couple return to England. Now with 2 children Will realises his dream to own his farm, however life on a farm does not met with Flo’s expectations.Life events lead them to give up the farm and Will seeks employment while Flo decides to ‘write a book’ about her life in India.The story progresses through the 1950’s and 1960’s following t [...]

    8. Disheartening, but realistic I guess. Loving couple marry in India and come home to England and have to deal with the small --and sometimes not so so small--crises of family life and just keep on keeping on. I kept thinking "Is this all there is?" The last scene --the daughter going through her mother's writings and souvenirs of India and asking herself "What am I going to do with all this stuff?" --was depressingly familiar.

    9. A very moving book. I found it an authentic depiction of how even a fairly ordinary loving family can have its profound difficulties. Not a massive amount happens but I found the insights into how experiences in childhood can affect people in later life to be very thought-provoking. Gee also displays great insight into mental illness, and the way people respond and cope with the tragedies of life that none of us can avoid.

    10. Saw this author do a talk last week and bought this, her latest title. I really enjoyed this look at the other side to India gaining independence in 1947. It made me think about the wide ranging effect on individuals and familied of moving back to Britain, when you had made a life in India.An easy read and very enjoyable.

    11. Wonderfully evocative of an era that coincides with my own memories of childhood and young adulthood. The story is a bit thin but the way it captures disturbing attitudes and the whole flavour of the fifties and sixties is its strength and more than compensates for the lack of excitement. After all, this was a time when excitement was quite a rare thing, especially in a rural setting!

    12. Awful. By page 16 I was wondering why I was bothering, by page 20 I had given up. Twee, irritating chic lit - the only reason I read to page 20 was it was my book group choice and I felt I had to give it a chance. That being said, most of the other people at my book group enjoyed it so maybe it is just me.!

    13. I enjoyed this book as an undemanding read. It deals with issues of change, loss, family relationships and touches on mental health issues. It does not go deep below the surface but the author describes quite well the ability of the parents to turn a blind eye to the difficulties their children were experiencing, and to be oblivious to the distress this caused.

    14. Story following the lives of the Sutherland family over about 30 years. The story is nice enough but perhaps a little uneventful and overly long. This isn't to say I didn't enjoy the bookA First Reads book.

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