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“From the Children’s Laureate of England, a stunning novel of the First World War, a boy who is on its front lines, and a childhood remembered.”
“They’ve gone now, and I’m alone at last. I have the whole night ahead of me, and I won’t waste a single moment of it . . . I want tonight to be long, as long as my life . . .” For young Private Peaceful, looking back over his childhood while he is on night watch in the battlefields of the First World War, his memories are full of family life deep in the countryside: his mother, Charlie, Big Joe, and Molly, the love of his life. Too young to be enlisted, Thomas has followed his brother to war and now, every moment he spends thinking about his life, means another moment closer to danger. – GoodReads
I remember reading this during the early years of secondary school. This brilliant fantasy book showed the reality of the lives of the soldiers during the World War. The amazing part was, it didn’t just show how the war affected the soldiers but it showed how the war affected the lives of those that they loved as well. For the main characters, their social, romantic and family lives were permanently changed as a result of typical events which would transpire during a world war.
I left this book thinking about the lives of everyone around the globe during the war and how they were all affected during the war. This book was so well written that I felt like I knew the characters really well, their struggles as well what made them happy. Which in this book was largely their relationships and the memories that they had together.
There isn’t anything which I strongly disliked about the book, it had a tragic ending which added to the brilliance of the writing. A small potential improvement would have been to include more writing on the relationships between each character. This was the second book which I read from the same author when I was at a younger age. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the book from beginning to end. I think everyone should read this book and my rating of the book is a strong 4/5.
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