[Ebook] Island Madness By Tim Binding – Thomashillier.co.uk

Island Madness , The German Army Has Been Defeated At Stalingrad The Tide Is Beginning To Turn But On Guernsey And The Rest Of The Channel Islands, The Only British Territory To Have Been Occupied, Such A Reversal Is Unimaginable The Reality Of War Seems A Lifetime Away, Yet Resentment And The Debilitating Effects Of Food Storages Undercut The Picturesque Calm However, Life Goes On, Parties Are Held, Love Affair Blossom And The Guernesy Amateur Dramatic And Operatic Players Continue To Stage Their Productions When A Young Local Woman Is Found Murdered, Both The Islanders And The Occupiers Are Forced To Acknowledge That This Most Civilized Of Wars Conceals A Bitter And Darker Struggle Than Anyone Cares To Recognize


10 thoughts on “Island Madness

  1. says:

    This book took a long time to get rolling Until I got to page 112, I was reconsidering my choice and wondering if, locale and time period notwithstanding, I would have to make this a DNF Then things really started to sizzle The Channel Islands were the only part of England to be occupied by the Germans during WWII There were a lot of difficult issues to navigate here Homes were commandeered i.e., stolen for the officers and anything that might allow contact with the outside world was conf This book took a long time to get rolling Until I got to page 112, I was reconsidering my choice and wondering if, locale and time period notwithstanding, I would have to make this a DNF Then things really started to sizzle The Channel Islands were the only part of England to be occupied by the Germans during WWII There were a lot of difficult issues to navigate here Homes were commandeered i.e., stolen for the officers and anything that might allow contact with the outside world was confiscated Being nice to a German soldier who fancied you might mean a bitfood on the table for your family, at a time when food was extraordinarily scarce Fraternizing with the Todt slave laborers or, the foreigns, as they re called here, could get you sent to the camps In the midst of all this are several characters Ned, who is a civilian police officer just trying to stay out of trouble Lentsch, a German officer who would like nothingthan to have all of this be over with the denizens of the Hallivand estate, with their own secrets and grudges And then there are the girls Sometimes young ladies in love sometimes young ladies who see an opportunity No matter it usually won t go well for them in the end Either they ll upset the wrong officer and disappear, or they ll be ostracized by the other Islanders, or both It s a very difficult line to cross Given that this, by the end, is a very tightly woven mystery, there s not a lot I can say about it without unwittingly giving clues as to how it turns out It is a high compliment indeed to say that, in this 360 page book, I didn t know what the heck was going on until page 355 So carefully conceived was the plot, and so seemingly random were the threads, that it was almost a complete garment before I caught on Only the slow start cost it its 5th star


  2. says:

    Mid 4 This is a formidable novel which raises the question of allegiance and loyalty amongst a population subject to occupation by enemy forces, and the moral complexities of fraternisation with the latter In addition, how empathy with the culture and lives of those under their jurisdiction from any member of the occupying force could be interpreted by a distant leadership Binding sets this novel on the idyllic island of Guernsey, under occupation by the Nazis at the height of the Second Worl Mid 4 This is a formidable novel which raises the question of allegiance and loyalty amongst a population subject to occupation by enemy forces, and the moral complexities of fraternisation with the latter In addition, how empathy with the culture and lives of those under their jurisdiction from any member of the occupying force could be interpreted by a distant leadership Binding sets this novel on the idyllic island of Guernsey, under occupation by the Nazis at the height of the Second World War The lives of his main protagonists, Major Lubitsch, commander of the occupying forces, and Ned Luscombe, head of the native police force, are woven irretrievably together by the love they share for the same woman, and a murder which will have them both question what they believe in and who they can confide in The plot of the novel cleverly incorporates a cast of memorable characters and a heady mix including slave labour, amateur dramatics, black marketeering, and even the shadow of the Fuhrer himself as his birthday approaches The author intelligently and deftly builds the tension to a satisfying climax and sublimely captures the mood and feel of the time and place


  3. says:

    Got 120 pages in and it is still going nowhere time to gas it and move on.


  4. says:

    Taking place on the island of Guernsey during Word War II, this is a novel is not sure if it wants to be a murder mystery, an historical novel, or a scintillating romance The first 100 pages introduce all the characters German officers one referred to as Major and the other as Captain very confusing , too many Guernsey girls, Todt workers, police constable Ned Luscombe, and the Van Dielens Mr Van Dielen, a builder of large projects, is working with the Germans to construct fortificatio Taking place on the island of Guernsey during Word War II, this is a novel is not sure if it wants to be a murder mystery, an historical novel, or a scintillating romance The first 100 pages introduce all the characters German officers one referred to as Major and the other as Captain very confusing , too many Guernsey girls, Todt workers, police constable Ned Luscombe, and the Van Dielens Mr Van Dielen, a builder of large projects, is working with the Germans to construct fortifications around island Isobel Van Dieleln, the prettiest and richest girl on the island, has become a favorite of German Captain Lentsch Over 100 pages into the novel, Isobel is found murdered at the bottom of a German bunker New Luscombe is asked to work with the German officers to help solve the murder Isobel s cooperation with the Germans has made her unpopular with the native population was it one of them But how could one of the natives get to a German bunker, off limits and carefully guarded What could have been good murder mystery is way laid by black market scandal, the disappearance of Isobel s rich father, antagonistic feelings of Captain Lentsch for Hitler, and the need of the Guernsey population to resist while appearing to accept the German command Unlikely friendships develop in the course of the story Multiple plot threads get wrapped up at the end, but lead to an over loaded and confusing novel


  5. says:

    Ever since reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Soldier s Wife, I have been intrigued by the story of this Guernsey Island s occupation by the German forces during the Second World War I have a difficult time rating this one at times I was ready to quit reading it altogether, but I did stick with it This book is much darker than either of the previously mentioned books Perhaps it is aaccurate depiction of what might happen to people living under the stress Ever since reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Soldier s Wife, I have been intrigued by the story of this Guernsey Island s occupation by the German forces during the Second World War I have a difficult time rating this one at times I was ready to quit reading it altogether, but I did stick with it This book is much darker than either of the previously mentioned books Perhaps it is aaccurate depiction of what might happen to people living under the stress and deprivation that was visited upon the Guernsey Islanders during that horrific time I found writing a bit scattered as it s viewpoint would swing between the various Islanders as well as several of the officers in the invading army There is not much heroism displayed mostly people doing whatever it was they felt they needed to do to survive And that was often grim Ultimatley, however scattered, sometimes tedious and often vague the writing is, there are so many passages that are completely brilliant


  6. says:

    Great story, set in Channel Isles under German occupation The story is great, the telling is great, and a wonderful insight into a odd little corner of history.


  7. says:

    Excellent Well written, lyrical, suspensful I did not know about the German occupation of Guernsey, it was good to learn something new.


  8. says:

    This was just, quite simply, brilliant So much in it, can t find a thing to fault And I don t know whether it was a littlerelevant reading it at the moment not that we re at war or living in an occupied country But lockdown in the UK with covid 19 puts plenty of restrictions on your life and anxiety in your head.I love the Channel Islands I ve only been to Jersey so far, would love to go to Guernsey, where this book is set, and one day I hope to I read a lot about Jersery during the This was just, quite simply, brilliant So much in it, can t find a thing to fault And I don t know whether it was a littlerelevant reading it at the moment not that we re at war or living in an occupied country But lockdown in the UK with covid 19 puts plenty of restrictions on your life and anxiety in your head.I love the Channel Islands I ve only been to Jersey so far, would love to go to Guernsey, where this book is set, and one day I hope to I read a lot about Jersery during the war and saw the insane number of concrete bunkers and watchtowers on the island, so I have a good mental picture of what is being described in this book.It s set during the second world war, a couple of years in to the German occupation of the Channel Islands Beautiful places, essentially a holiday camp for the army, with scenary, good food and lots of the local girls desperate to get themselves a German boyfriend maybe the kudos, maybe giving the finger to older generaions, but certainly food and priviledges would have been a bonus And the islanders called them Jerrybags Islanders wrote annoymous letters to the Germans, telling tales on their neighbours Some is hiding food Someone has a radio banned Someone has done this or that In times of stress people revert to type and you really find out who the good people are and who the worthless are.So, there s a stack of stuff going on in this book, and on top of all that, there is a very well plotted murder mystery It s just fabulous We follow a number of characters, from both sides A German Major who is in love with the daughter of a Dutch construction magnate living on the island The police officer who got trapped on the islands attending his father s funeral, and then is put in as head of the police by the Germans when many of the policeforce are tried for smuggling and black marketering The Dutch father, who is moarning his wife s death drowning and is over protective of his daughter The local girl trying to get by and get in with the Germans and ends up helping one of the foreigns POWs from many countries were brought over by the Germans and used as slave labour to build all of the concrete constructions The old uncle, seemingly harmless, who keeps house at the big house on the island where the German military elite are housed And all the interactions It s just so wonderfully plotted and written I don t want to write any and give away anything of the plot But why this isn twell known as one of the great WWII fiction stories, I do not know


  9. says:

    This is a very special book.It is an historical novel as well as a murder mystery.Set on the Channel Islands during German Nazi occupation,it masterfully gets into the main character lives and describes their inner feelings and deals with the essence of humanity, as wellas inhumanity.The only flaw that I detected that would prevent it from being a masterpiecewas a somewhat rushed and uncertain ending.It was as if the author was preparing us for a sequel, although many of the main characters fat This is a very special book.It is an historical novel as well as a murder mystery.Set on the Channel Islands during German Nazi occupation,it masterfully gets into the main character lives and describes their inner feelings and deals with the essence of humanity, as wellas inhumanity.The only flaw that I detected that would prevent it from being a masterpiecewas a somewhat rushed and uncertain ending.It was as if the author was preparing us for a sequel, although many of the main characters fates had been resolved.Still, there remained the unresolved fates of others.This writer has an uncanny ability to get into the minds of his characters and make us feel what they are feeling.I read this book straight through It is a tale of good and evil that showed clearly two sides at war, both trying to coexist as well as possible on an island cut off from the rest of the world


  10. says:

    I gave up on this one because the depiction of the female characters was horrendous While the male characters are well rounded enough, the females were one dimensional and by the time it got to the twentieth reference to the size of their breasts I was bored The repetitive sexual violence is fairly disturbing as well, and not well handled basically, the women only exist in this novel to be exploited and abused.


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