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Out of the Blackout (1984)

de Robert Barnard

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With the Nazis bombing London on a nightly basis, many working-class families sent their children to the comparative safety of the countryside. When the Blitz ended, the families came for their kids . . . but no one ever came for Simon Thorn. His name appears on no list of the evacuated children. And none of his meagre belongings offer any clues to his origins. Now an adult, newly moved to London, Simon is puzzled by an odd sense of familiarity when he walks down certain streets. He remembers his years of terrible nightmares-nightmares that would cause him to wake up screaming, terrifying his bewildered foster parents. And he resolves, once and for all, to find out where he originally came from . . . even as everything he uncovers suggests that, really, he doesn't want to know. Widely praised for his deliciously, maliciously witty mysteries, the multi-award-winning Robert Barnard takes a decidedly different tack in this fascinating novel of wartime London and the dark side of identity. 'An engrossing tale of a man's search for his identity and his discovery of an alarming past' "Publishers Weekly" 'There are shrewd characterisations and villains aplenty in this oddly affecting tale' "Time" 'Barnard untangles his riddle with great skill, and I suspect he is going to outwit all but a handful of readers' "New York Times"… (mais)
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a boy traces his history from London refugee to country town and back
  ritaer | Jun 4, 2020 |
Creepy
  TanyaRead | Nov 4, 2017 |
This was a quick read and very entertaining. A young boy evacuated from London during WWII who tries to find his past. A gentle unfolding, with a nice little twist. Kept me turning pages. I was clearing off my shelves and found this. I'm glad I did. ( )
  njcur | Oct 19, 2017 |
A stand alone novel by Barnard about a man searching for his past. As a child he was evacuated from London and when arriving at the Yeasdon Station the name he gave wasn't on their list and he didn't know his address in London and had no memory that helped find his family. A local couple took him in and raised him and, after University, he began trying to recover his past. I liked this even better than the others by him that I read earlier this year.
  hailelib | Oct 23, 2016 |
Excellent mystery! ( )
  grundlecat | Oct 9, 2013 |
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With the Nazis bombing London on a nightly basis, many working-class families sent their children to the comparative safety of the countryside. When the Blitz ended, the families came for their kids . . . but no one ever came for Simon Thorn. His name appears on no list of the evacuated children. And none of his meagre belongings offer any clues to his origins. Now an adult, newly moved to London, Simon is puzzled by an odd sense of familiarity when he walks down certain streets. He remembers his years of terrible nightmares-nightmares that would cause him to wake up screaming, terrifying his bewildered foster parents. And he resolves, once and for all, to find out where he originally came from . . . even as everything he uncovers suggests that, really, he doesn't want to know. Widely praised for his deliciously, maliciously witty mysteries, the multi-award-winning Robert Barnard takes a decidedly different tack in this fascinating novel of wartime London and the dark side of identity. 'An engrossing tale of a man's search for his identity and his discovery of an alarming past' "Publishers Weekly" 'There are shrewd characterisations and villains aplenty in this oddly affecting tale' "Time" 'Barnard untangles his riddle with great skill, and I suspect he is going to outwit all but a handful of readers' "New York Times"

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