Large Print - 2008
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The first novel by Bernhard Schlink since his international best seller The Reader, Homecoming is the story of one man's odyssey and another man's pursuit.
A child of World War II, Peter Debauer grew up with his mother and scant memories of his father, a victim of war. Now an adult, Peter embarks upon a search for the truth surrounding his mother's unwavering--but shaky--history and the possibility of finding his missing father after all these years. The search takes him across Europe, to the United States, and back: finding witnesses, falling in and out of love, chasing fragments of a story and a person who may or may not exist. Within a maze of reinvented identities, Peter pieces together a portrait of a man who uses words as one might use a change of clothing, as he assumes a new guise in any given situation simply to stay alive.
The chase leads Peter to New York City, where he hopes to find the real person behind the disguises. Operating under an assumed identity of his own, Peter unravels the secrets surrounding Columbia University's celebrated political science professor and best-selling author John de Baur, who is known for his incendiary philosophy and the charismatic rapport he has with his students. Terrifying mind games challenge Peter's ability to bring to light the truth surrounding his family history while still holding on to the love of a woman who promises a new life, free of lies and deceit.
Homecoming is a story of fathers and sons, men and women, war and peace. It reveals the humanity that survives the trauma of war and the ongoing possibility for redemption. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2008]
Edition: First Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780739327777
Characteristics: 433 pages (large print) ; 21 cm


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Jan 27, 2016

I can't recommend this book to anyone who isn't willing to wade through many references to Homer's Odyssey, to engage in a contemplation of the many sides of evil, and to endure almost constant indecision on the part of the narrator. The story of Peter Debauer and his search for his father is pretty thin and full of side ramblings. Yes, it is about homecoming, I guess, if you think of it in terms of finding where you feel at home. It is hard to follow at times, and often I just wanted to shake the author and say 'Get on with it'. One consolation - it is only 260 pages.

Oct 13, 2015

For me this book reads more like a collection of essays, and not a novel, which the book claims to be. Unfortunately it failed to hold my attention, and I quickly moved onto the author's other book, Summer Lies.

mrsgail5756 Dec 13, 2011

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