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The Dynamite Room – tekijä: Jason Hewitt
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The Dynamite Room (vuoden 2014 painos)

– tekijä: Jason Hewitt (Tekijä)

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July 1940. Eleven-year-old Lydia walks through a village in rural Suffolk on a baking hot day. She is wearing a gas mask. The shops and houses are empty, windows boarded up and sandbags green with mildew, the village seemingly deserted. Leaving it behind, she strikes off down a country lane through the salt marshes to a large Edwardian house -- the house she grew up in. Lydia finds it empty too, the windows covered in black-out blinds. Her family is gone. Late that night he comes, a soldier, gun in hand and heralding a full-blown German invasion. There are, he explains to her, certain rules she must now abide by. He won't hurt Lydia, but she cannot leave the house. Is he telling the truth? What is he looking for? Why is he so familiar? And how does he already know Lydia's name? Eerie, thrilling and piercingly sad, The Dynamite Room evokes the great tradition of war classics yet achieves a strikingly original and contemporary resonance. Hypnotically compelling, it explores, in the most extreme of circumstances, the bonds we share that make us human.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:ChezL
Teoksen nimi:The Dynamite Room
Kirjailijat:Jason Hewitt (Tekijä)
Info:Simon & Schuster Ltd (2014), Edition: Export, 384 pages
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näyttää 5/5
I found this book a bit of a hard slog to be honest.
The story is very good but just so drawn out.

It is July 1940 set in a small Suffolk village.
11 year Lydia who had been evacuated to Wales returns home her Village and family home is empty.
A German soldier called Heiden also arrives at this house to hide out. He has arrived in England under the cover of a darkness originally on a secret mission.
This is the story of how Heiden slowly befriends Lydia and how he loses all his respect for the German War effort.

The book jumps back and forth so we get to know about Lydia's life and her love for her big Brother Alfie. Heiden wanted to be a musician and fell in love with a woman called Eva. Eva became a Nurse but as the War took hold in Germany he witnessed her being shot.
He also was on a mission in Norway where he met Lydia's Father he asked him loads of questions about his life,this gave him the idea to come to England and reinvent himself.
He let Lydia's Father go. He also killed some of his fellow German officers along the way.

Heiden and Lydia try to drive to the Cotswolds but are stopped by the Local Defence Volunteers there is a bit of a panic Shots are fired. Heiden runs off back to the house, Lydia follows him the British troops are on to him. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Sep 13, 2020 |
A surprisingly valueless book. Jason Hewitt's The Dynamite Room is a thriller that doesn't thrill, a suspense piece that leaks its pressure on every page, a bottle episode without atmosphere, a sensory experience that feels aloof, a character study with its two main characters contradictory and poorly-drawn, and an original premise that determinedly follows the middle road.

The book offers nothing to root for. The main characters are an unconvincingly-voiced 11-year-old girl (who behaves like, and is sexualised like, a 15 or 16-year-old) and an unintentionally-bipolar and sociopathic German commando who freely admits to gang rape and to knifing people (on both sides) for personal advantage, yet we are expected to invest – even if ambiguously – in his 'redemption' arc as he imprisons this young girl. There is no plot: nothing makes sense until the final chapter, and even then the German's plan is bewilderingly nonsensical and wishy-washy.

Hewitt writes in a touchy-feely style that completely fails to invoke the claustrophobic setting, the desires of the characters, or a sense of storytelling. The importance of the 'dynamite room' of the title is never clear, and the tag-line has zero relevance to anything in the plot dynamic. This is a touch-and-go Creative Writing exercise given a few conventional publishing trappings and then funnelled out into the world, to meet an inflated top-down 'demand' for books about precocious, threatened children and a wispy, soft-focus view of World War Two. This is a book that makes every play at being a novel without being one and, for the reader, invoking only that confused 'uncanny valley' feeling you might get when looking at an android playing at being human. What the hell are we doing to our increasingly moribund literary culture, in consuming such ersatz material? ( )
  MikeFutcher | Aug 20, 2020 |
A very we'll-written, atmospheric novel. However it is often more atmosphere than story. I found the initial premise hard to believe and the character of the German soldier was confused - one minute a ruthless nazi killer, the next a touchy freely musician. ( )
  stephengoldenberg | Apr 6, 2016 |
Very intense. Very moving. Another of the WWII books that I seem to be reading a lot of lately. Tears slid down my face at the end and with a huge sense of relief. ( )
  Alphawoman | Dec 8, 2015 |
The book description in the jacket caught my attention right off. Lately I have been reading novels set in England during the WW II era. This fictional narrative fell right into those categories. This is also the first book I’ve read by Jason Hewitt and I can safely say, it won’t be my last.

The storyline takes place over a six day period with our two main characters slipping into frequent recollections to times past. You have the multiple narratives from 11-year old Lydia and a German soldier who hides out in her family’s home. Lydia is a young English girl who has just arrived in her hometown after running away from Wales. She was sent to Wales as an evacuee and hated it. In the very beginning of the story Lydia is walking the deserted streets of her village, wondering where everyone got off to. Finally she reaches her home, a large residence called Greyfriars, only to find it vacant and musty. Where is her mother? Where are her neighbors and merchants from the village? All of the livestock appears to have disappeared with the people.

Lydia holes up in her home trying to figure out what to do next when she hears someone moving about downstairs. It’s an injured German soldier, just as astonished to see a young girl in front of him as Lydia is to see him. He raises his gun toward her but doesn’t shoot, warning her to obey his rules or he will kill her. From then on you have altering perspectives and learn about Lydia’s life before the war. Same thing with the soldier called Heiden.

In the six days they spend together you learn about Heiden’s love for a woman named Eva. You get the flashbacks of his service in the German military, his education in England prior to the war and the perilous mission in Norway where life altering decisions are made. He shares very little with Lydia but through his memories you get to know him well.

As for Lydia you will come to know a brave little girl who paid attention to what her mother taught her about survival. She is diligent in her efforts to hide things from Heiden as she won’t outwardly help an enemy of England. As they spend more time together, cooped up in a house shuttered with blackout curtains and boards, they form a tentative alliance. They need each other…for the time being.

This story captured my attention straight away, hard to put down. I am looking forward to Hewitt’s next novel Devastation Road. ( )
  SquirrelHead | Jul 8, 2015 |
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July 1940. Eleven-year-old Lydia walks through a village in rural Suffolk on a baking hot day. She is wearing a gas mask. The shops and houses are empty, windows boarded up and sandbags green with mildew, the village seemingly deserted. Leaving it behind, she strikes off down a country lane through the salt marshes to a large Edwardian house -- the house she grew up in. Lydia finds it empty too, the windows covered in black-out blinds. Her family is gone. Late that night he comes, a soldier, gun in hand and heralding a full-blown German invasion. There are, he explains to her, certain rules she must now abide by. He won't hurt Lydia, but she cannot leave the house. Is he telling the truth? What is he looking for? Why is he so familiar? And how does he already know Lydia's name? Eerie, thrilling and piercingly sad, The Dynamite Room evokes the great tradition of war classics yet achieves a strikingly original and contemporary resonance. Hypnotically compelling, it explores, in the most extreme of circumstances, the bonds we share that make us human.

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