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This book took me completely by surprise. I listened to the first few chapters several times and It still made me laugh out loud with delight.
As the war progresses and the confidence and certainty of the main characters begins to disintegrate, the brilliant colours of the opening chapters darken and fade. The humour, which is always present, becomes bleaker and sharper.
I love the fact that Tom's jar of Blackberry jam takes on the significance of preserving colour and ultimately, redemption.
The narration was extraordinary. It was hard to believe there was only one narrator, so skilfully did Luke Thompson inhabit the different characters.
I cannot recommend this audible book enough.
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I never really appreciated how horrendous WWII was, I studied it at school like most people did but the range of emotions this book brought out it me was huge.
I felt the fear that Alasdair did when in Dunkirk and the trenches and anger at the silly, immature girls wanting to go and view the bombing sites as they thought it was exciting instead of being sorry at the great loss of the residents, and then a part of the evacuation process that I was unaware of, the almost racist aspect to it. Coloured children and the mentally and physically disabled were left behind in the cities when the able bodied kids were evacuated to the country. So many emotions will provoke you here, I really recommend it.
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I simply loved this book. Beautifully evocative. I fell in love with the characters.
Treat yourself and read this book.
A wonderful story very well written. Both humorous and heartbreaking with outstanding narration by Luke Thompson.