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Grey Dawn

eBook (PDF), 131 Pages
(4 Ratings)
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The story is set in Glasgow 1947. A Polish ex-soldier, Jozef Lipinski (28) moves into the same tenement as Fiona (typist – 23yrs) and Sandy (train worker – 25yrs) / Jozef fought with the allies to liberate his homeland, but instead it was handed over to Stalin. Now he finds himself in Skotland – an ex-heroes to whom the British state feels obliged to give refuge / The new Labour Government is building homes, introducing the NHS, etc. But, having pressed ahead with all this – despite the country being almost bankrupt – they now find themselves facing a financial crisis. / So, with the rest of Europe on the verge of collapse, and the Cold War starting to divide the world into 2 camps – can Britain survive as a social-democratic Third Alternative? / This question is particularly significant for Jozef, because he is looking to the success of civilised values in Britain to provide an antidote to the dehumanising abuse inflicted on his country by the... More > Nazis.< Less
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  • By Christopher Wright
    Apr 25, 2010
    The synopsis gives you enough information about the book's subject, so I'll tell you what I think it's like to read. Mick Parkin's first great strength is the clarity and immediacy of his prose and dialogue. This book is an absolute joy to read for this reason. You feel like you are seeing through the words straight into the heart of the character or the story. The railways and tenements of Glasgow and the boarding-houses of Carlisle are real! Mick's second great strength is the three-dimensional nature of his characters. They are generally sympathetic yet flawed (except when they're not supposed to be.) They're also surprising, wise and passionate, as you'll see in several key scenes throughout "Grey Dawn." Which brings me to.... ...Mick Parkin's third great strength, which is that he clearly writes about things important to him. It seems like Mick has done his research thoroughly, showing respect to the characters and situations. It also results in some truly stunning... More > scenes. This book should be on a shelf in every bookshop and library!< Less
  • By Viv Gee
    May 3, 2009
    "Grey Dawn" This is the third book of Mick Parkin's I've read and the the most enjoyable so far. At first I felt he was getting bogged down in too many tiny details and domesticities of life that didn't add to the story but as I read on I saw it as a strength in the writing. It it these details that immersed me in the time. You almost feel that Mick Parkin had visited 1947 for research. The characters are very well rounded. They are forward thinking and have more intelligence and knowledge than other writers would credit to working class people of that era. We hear stories of occupied Poland without needless exposition. They are not crow barred in, they come out when you least expect them, shocking you. The book doesn't feel like it ends, it opens a door to reveal a snapshot of some ordinary lives in extra-ordinary times then closes it again.
  • By Chris Wright
    Nov 19, 2008
    "Great Grey Dawn" The synopsis gives you enough information about the book's subject, so I'll tell you what I think it's like to read. Mick Parkin's first great strength is the clarity and immediacy of his prose and dialogue. This book is an absolute joy to read for this reason. You feel like you are seeing through the words straight into the heart of the character or the story. The railways and tenements of Glasgow and the boarding-houses of Carlisle are real! Mick's second great strength is the three-dimensional nature of his characters. They are generally sympathetic yet flawed (except when they're not supposed to be.) They're also surprising, wise and passionate, as you'll see in several key scenes throughout "Grey Dawn." Which brings me to.... ...Mick Parkin's third great strength, which is that he clearly writes about things important to him. It seems like Mick has done his research thoroughly, showing respect to the characters and situations. It also... More > results in some truly stunning scenes. This book should be on a shelf in every bookshop and library!< Less
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Product Details

Published
November 3, 2011
Language
English
Pages
131
File Format
PDF
File Size
585.64 KB
Product ID
18582952

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