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The Right Hand of Sleep This extraordinary debut novel from Whiting Writers Award winner John Wray is a poetic portrait of a life redeemed at one of the darkest moments in world history.Twenty years after deserting the army in the first world war, Oskar Voxlauer returns to the village of his youth Haunted by his past, he finds an uneasy peace in the mountains but it is 1938 and Oskar cannot escape from the rising tide of Nazi influence in town He attempts to retreat to the woods, only to be drawn back by his own conscience and the chilling realization that the woman whose love might finally save him is bound to the local SS commander . Morally complex, brilliantly plotted, and heartbreakingly realized, The Right Hand of Sleepmarks the beginning of an important literary career. Free Download Books The Right Hand of Sleep By John Wray – groundhogwalking.co.uk

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  1. John Wray s stunning 2001 debut may be better than thewell known Lowboy, and that would no easy feat Right Hand evokes so much individual humanity, from so many individual characters that one cannot help but be repeatedly amazed, while completely engaged in the lives of the hero, those being swept up in the advent of fascism in Austria, and those sweeping in that advent, to some extent And all that comes after some of the most incredible war scenes I ve read in my life The horrors of John Wray s stunning 2001 debut may be better than thewell known Lowboy, and that would no easy feat Right Hand evokes so much individual humanity, from so many individual characters that one cannot help but be repeatedly amazed, while completely engaged in the lives of the hero, those being swept up in the advent of fascism in Austria, and those sweeping in that advent, to some extent And all that comes after some of the most incredible war scen...

  2. I felt like the author was so busy writing pretty descriptions and poetic prose that he forgot to tell me a clear story.

  3. The Right Hand of Sleep is set in Austria, 1938, as the presence of the Third Reich begins to take hold The story centers around Oskar Voxlauer, a man who left his small Austrian hometown in 1917 to fight on the Italian front near the end the of World War I Oskar quickly deserts the battlefield and heads to the Ukraine, where he succumbs to the lure of the Bolshevik Revolution and then falls for a woman in a socialist workcamp After 20 years, he heads back to Austria to find that his village The Right Hand of Sleep is set in Austria, 1938, as the presence of the Third Reich begins to take hold The story centers around Oskar Voxlauer, a man who left his small Austrian hometown in 1917 to fight on the Italian front near the end the of World War I Oskar quickly deserts the battlefield and heads to the Ukraine, where he succumbs to the lure of the Bolshevik Revolution and then falls for a woman in a socialist workcamp After 20 years, he heads back to Austria to find that his village has changed Hoping to escape his past and lead a quiet life in the woods, he takes a job as a gamekeeper for a Jewish innkeeper in town Soon, he falls for Else, a woman whose cousin Kurt happens to be a SS officer sent to Austria It is an intriguing plot, and the author s prose and his description of the Austria countryside is wonderful In a way, this feels like something Hemingway could have written Some of the best pa...

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  6. In John Wray s astonishing first novel The Right Hand of Sleep, it is 1938 and Oskar Voxlauer has returned to Niessen, the Austrian village that in 1917, while still a teenager, he left to join the fighting on the Italian front Much has happened to Oskar in the intervening years since leaving home A deserter who abandoned his unit in Isonzo, he later drifted eastward, finally landing in Soviet controlled Ukraine, naively convinced that Bolshevism represented the future Initially an enthusiast In John Wray s astonishing first novel The Right Hand of Sleep, it is 1938 and Oskar Voxlauer has returned to Niessen, the Austrian village that in 1917, while still a teenager, he left to join the fighting on the Italian front Much has happened to Oskar in the intervening years since leaving home A deserter who abandoned his unit in Isonzo, he later drifted eastward, finally landing in Soviet controlled Ukraine, naively convinced that Bolshevism represented the future Initially an enthusiastic supporter of the Bolsheviks, he has been beaten down and emptied out by years of living in a...

  7. I m not sure what to make of The Right Hand of Sleep I think I missed a lot Wray is certainly a fine writer, purportedly one of the best of the new crop, and his characters make interesting reading companions However, I wasn t sure where the book was going much of the time, and now that it s over, I m not sure where it went It s a grim tale in a grim time Our Austrian protagonist, Alex, s sent off to war in 1917, age fifteen, to fight for the Kaiser After undergoing some ugliness and bru I m not sure what to make of The Right Hand of Sleep I think I missed a lot Wray is certainly a fine writer, purportedly one of the best of the new crop, and his characters make interesting reading companions However, I wasn t sure where the book was going much of the time, and now that it s over, I m not sure where it went It s a grim tale in a grim time Our Austrian protagonist, Alex, s sent off to war in 1917, age fifteen, to fight for the Kaiser After undergoing some ugliness and brutality, he quite sensibly deserts and heads east This leads to twenty years in the Ukraine as the husband of a peasant girl on a Soviet cooperative farm All this we learn as backstory in italics and in the first person The story proper is set in his home village to which he returns in 1938 after the death of his Ukrainian partner 1938, of course, is a transition period The European transition to Naziism And, of course, the Nazi s come to...

  8. In his debut novel, The Right Hand of Sleep, John Wray offers a historical fiction spin on the phrase you can t ever go home again Oskar Voxlauer left his village in Austria as a teenage to fight in the Great War Twenty years later, in 1938, he returns to his village to find a rising tide of Nazi influence, which he tries to escape by living in the woods However, the woman he becomes involved with is the cousin of the local SS commander There are long italicized flashbacks about both men s In his debut novel, The Right Hand of Sleep, John Wray offers a historical fiction spin on the phrase you can t ever go home again Oskar Voxlauer left his village in Austria as a teenage to fight in the Great War Twenty years later, in 1938, he returns to his village to find a rising tide of Nazi influence, which he tries to escape by living i...

  9. This novel tells the story of a man named Oskar Voxlauer, who returns to his Austrian village in 1938 after a long period away Eventually, it becomes clear that he served in World War I and deserted in Hungary He then trekked to the Ukraine where he lived on a collective His return home is fraught with challenges, not least of which is coming to grips with the rising tide of Nazism and what it means for his Jewish childhood friend and his new relationship Wray s writing is beautiful, and, ha This novel tells the story of a man named Oskar Voxlauer, who returns to his Austrian village in 1938 after a long period away Eventually, it becomes clear that he served in World War I and deserted in Hungary He then trekked to the Ukraine where he lived on a collective His return home is fraught with challenges, not least of which is coming to grips with the rising tide of Nazism and what it means for hi...

  10. The Right Hand of Sleep was one of several John Wray titles that I had on my hold list at the library But I think I can let the others expire as this novel didn t meet my expectations The characters even the protagonists were just a bit too cold and distant And the writing style appreciated by the critics was a bit too abstract and was lost on me With the bank and forth recollections of Oskar Voxlauer and of Else Bauer s Nazi cousin, I sometimes lost my place with characters, time The Right Hand of Sleep was o...

  11. Wray s style reminds me a bit of Cormac McCarthy s in its simplicity He leaves quite a few things to the imagination in this novel the narrator is not entirely omniscient, which I appreciate I also liked the dialogue, it was very natural.It is...

  12. A strange book in some ways It s quite well written, and the story, of a young Austrian s life from going off to war, to coming back to an Austria about to be taken over by the Nazis, is an interesting one Somehow the characters remain one dimensional and I found it hard to get involved in the book.