I read widely from many genres. Perhaps this blog will feature fewer ratings and reviews, but I certainly intend to write about my reading life - it's the subject I most find myself wanting to talk about.
Without being too spoiler-y . . .
At one point in this novel, the german architect, Lubert, tells the British boy, Edmund, that Edmund's mother, Rachael, reminds him of the actress Vivien Leigh. Lubert also says his wife loved the book and movie "Gone With the Wind," in which, of course, Miss Leigh played the infamous Scarlett O'Hara.
This comparison is more than a throwaway detail. Rachael and Scarlett are both navigating their way through the rebuilding period immediately after a devastating war.
Scarlett is putting her life back together, materially, working hard to ensure she and those she loves survive, concentrating on rebuilding their physical lives.
Rachael is doing survival work Scarlett doesn't seem to have time to face: She is trying to put herself back together emotionally.
"The Aftermath" is its own thing - certainly not a re-telling of the earlier book - but it's nice to recognize themes that cross cultures and times.