(1 customer review)
Publication Date: 28 Apr 2021
Categories: Contemporary, HistoricalISBN: 9781913551780
This thought-provoking story absorbs the reader, taking us into the everyday life of a young man as he counts down to suicide.
Roman is young, and his failure in finding love drives his longing to leave this world. That is, unless, he can find the girl he is convinced is also searching for him. His drastic actions in his quest for romance spiral out of control, taking him first on a nightmarish, then a mystical, train journey across Europe. Here at an enchanting railway station, Roman is the catalyst for the fusion of two dimensions.
In this next dimension, we are dropped in war-torn Yugoslavia, where thousands of young men locked on trains are being sent to their deaths. We meet Drago, a man facing death who is so desperate to live, and his two daughters who cannot rest until the world knows what is about to happen to their father.
For the Love of Roman weaves these tragedies together, bringing uplifting proof that love really does conquer all.
Philip Pavlović has worked in the motor trade throughout his career, becoming an Associate Member of the Institute of the Motor Industry (AMIMI). His father escaped from communist Yugoslavia after WWII, married Philip’s English mother, and settled in Yorkshire as a miner and this book is a chance for Philip to tell the story on behalf of his father. Philip lives in Rotherham.
Jenny the great (Guest Review) - 19 Jun, 2021
For the Love of Roman
by Philip Pavlovic (Goodreads Author)
Read in May 2021
I first saw this book on reddit, in a thread from the author's son, and I love reading books by new authors, so I purchased a copy; I have to say my poor, broken heart is very satisfied (while still remaining broken over the tension in the ending chapters). The description of Roman's daily struggle, the train station, the meeting ... it was so succinctly perfect in all the chapters that I never once skipped or felt bored or intentionally put it down. And I learned some history, in all its tragicness.
This book held my heart and squeezed it a little more with each chapter; anticipation for Roman's last day of work, squeeze, worry for his cat, another squeeze, his train journey... the deep seriousness was peppered with just enough details to ease the tension so the next chapter squeeze didn't hurt so bad.
And the ending; I both expected it and didn't. Hope tempered my expectation and boy was that a roller coaster ride when it ended how it did.
Absolutely one of the best books I've read this year.