Overall, quite a worthwhile read; one that book groups will love to discuss.
The book also dragged in parts and as much as it was a short book at 224 pages, I think it should have been shorter as parts of it just felt unnecessary.
Saying anymore would be letting out a spoiler so I'll just say that the ending left me asking too many questions for this to be a satisfying read.
Story told from the point of view of a 9 year old in a dysfunctional family. They move from England to France and the mother is paranoid and makes the kids afraid of things, too. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Buttchops
The author does quite a good job of maintaining the perspective/voice of the child narrator. He does tip his hand on the ending, which you can see coming by at least midway... Read morePublished 9 months ago by doglover susan
"When We Were Romans" by Mathew Kneale is a book akin to Emma Donoghue's "Room," narrated by a child who sees the story only from his own perspective, and whose understanding of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Summerroll
BOOKS for adults with a child protagonist are rare, and yet widely popular. I remember being a kid, as we all do. Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by Cathy
Nine-year old Lawrence lives with his mum and sister, Jemima, in England. They constantly have to worry that their estranged father will come from Scotland and hurt them. Read morePublished on December 23, 2011 by E. Kristin Anderson
The story is told by nine-year old Lawrence, in a delightfully convincing style (including spelling mistakes from time to time, especially when he hears French or Italian words). Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by Ralph Blumenau
My review mistakenly shows one star... should be a five star rating but I can not correct in AmazonPublished on April 17, 2010 by Caroljean K. Rodesch
I was very moved and touched by this book and love the way the story was constructed. We followed the story along with Lawrence, the main character. Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by Heather A. Teysko
This is one of the most charming books I've ever read. The voice of the child narrator, Lawrence, is one you'll never forget. Read morePublished on May 13, 2009 by Gentle Reader