Far to Go by Alison Pick

Far to Go

The Man Booker Prize finalist Far to Go by acclaimed author Alison Pick is historical fiction at its very best.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 as first his government, then his business partners,...

Details Far to Go

TitleFar to Go
Release DateApr 19th, 2011
PublisherHarper Perennial
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, World War II, Holocaust, War, Cultural, Canada

Reviews Far to Go

  • Elyse Walters
    "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 fo...
  • Violet wells
    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 fo...
  • Jaidee
    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")...
  • Wilma
    Hartverscheurend...heftig...ontroerend...De kindertransporten vanuit Tsjechië naar Engeland. In uiterste wanhoop brachten ouders het grootste offer dat denkbaar is...hun kinderen te laten gaan...hun kinderen alleen af te laten reizen naar Engeland zodat ze veilig zouden zijn...De voelbare angst van de ouders is blijvend overgedragen op deze kinderen...zij hebben de oorlog overleefd...blijvend getekend...Er wordt een treffend tijdsbeeld geschetst...
  • Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
    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, ...
  • Chrissie
    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 u...
  • Snow White
    Very touching and well-executed book. Recommended.
  • The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
    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 on...
  • Elaine
    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 mu...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    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 ...
  • Snow White
    Well-written book that gave me an insight into a slice of history I previously knew nothing about. The characters are well-fleshed out and the little boy was so endearing. Here and there clichés arose, for example, I didn't like the negative way in which Mrs. Bauer was portrayed, as the wife of the main character's love interest, she is made out to be too much of a baddie. Also the structure, with chapters in the first person, made by an unknown...
  • Jane
    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...
  • Katie
    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...
  • Friederike Knabe
    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, a...
  • Liviu
    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 madne...
  • Stephanie Anze
    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 ...
  • Belinda
    Van kinderen die uit Tsjechoslowakije naar Engeland op kindertransport zijn gezet wist ik niets. Ze zijn van een wisse dood gered maar hun hele geschiedenis was weggevaagd. Wat weet je nog als je als vierjarige of soms nog jonger naar een ander land getransporteerd, wordt waar je de taal niet spreekt en waar je niets van begrijpt?
  • Teresa
    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,...
  • Felicity
    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...
  • Cj W
    "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 baptisma...
  • Steven Buechler
    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, th...
  • Danielle
    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 ...
  • Bosorka
    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, kt...
  • maven
    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...
  • Gerda
    One of the best books about the World War II I have read in a long time. It is not really about the war, because the story ends springtime 1939 en takes up sixty years later. It is mostly about the imposing threat. We know what happened in the war, we know that a tale about a Jewish family in that time can never have a happy ending. Nevertheless you keep on reading and hoping this particular family will find a way out. What takes up an important ...
  • Amy Meyer
    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 Baue...
  • Laura Spira
    I found this book absorbing and read it quickly. It's well written and the place and time - Czechoslovakia just before the start of WW2 - convincingly evoked. Marta, nanny to the son of of Pavel, owner of a factory and his wife Anneliese, is an interesting character and the story is largely told from her point of view. But I found some parts of the story did not ring quite true. This could be part of the book's conceit - that it is the work of th...
  • Vicki
    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 moder...
  • Lindsay
    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 c...
  • Paula
    '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 an...