- File Size: 1417 KB
- Print Length: 330 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1493540904
- Publisher: The Electronic Book Company (January 14, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005QBHAGU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the start of the book I felt different emotions, sadness, some laughter, tears and anger. This book really did make me think and analyse the situation. Times were different and people's opinions and the way they treated others were different in the post war years.
In summing up, I felt that this was a three way story. Kevin's parents started it and they finished it and Kevin gave them that opportunity with his sheer determination and steadfastness to find out the truth about his father and at long last be able to slot everything into place for himself.
I would thoroughly recommend this book and would love to see a film made from this unbelievable story.
I was surprised how well I like the book. Congratulations to the author on his first book.
Some reviewers have complained about the number of misspellings, I did not notice many. Perhaps the Kindle version has been cleaned up. At one point, I got confused when he switched from the first person being himself to the first person being his mother.
So long as a young person can deal with the concept of birth outside of wedlock and the trials and tribulations of life for the poor in post-wartime England, the should be fine.
Most of the time this book was interesting, but following some of his experiences became tedious. It is surprising that Kevin ended up to have a normal and happy marriage and adulthood. His story is interesting, and you can't help from feeling involved and feeling the emotions created by the experiences of this young child, and of the adults later on when contact was made with his father. It was also an interesting look about the life of many of the English people after World War 11. I highly suggest reading this book if this kind of story appeals to you.
turns keeping the reader hoping for the best, irritated with people who should have done a better job of caring for him, & rooting
for a happy ending. He was thoughtful, without being maudlin,describing the happenings as an observer. I liked that he thought
of others & their feelings, not just bullying his way to get the answers he deserved to have. And at the end, still had some really
good observations to share. It is a keeper in my library!
People who would enjoy the book would be WWII buffs.
People interested in how your childhood affects your adult life.
People who enjoy reading a book that has some closure and a feel good ending (sort of).
But "Cast No Stones" isn't so much the story of one man's triumph over his childhood as it is the coming to terms with it. Kevin Machell was born in 1944 in England; the result of an affair his British mother had with a U.S. soldier stationed in England. Kevin's mother was married to another man at the time and already had a 5 year old daughter by him. This marriage was going horribly, and the husband was constantly out with other women, but Kevin's mother never-the-less gave Kevin this husband's last name. The soldier left shortly after Kevin's birth as he was part of the D Day invasion and it was a long time before Kevin's mother saw him again.
Throughout Kevin's childhood and most of his adulthood, he was never told who his father was or that he was a U.S. soldier. However, most of the other people in the family and also in the neighborhood knew.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an historical book as well as a memoir. The reader is filled with compassion for this little guy and as an adult, never carried any anger or "why me" attitude... Read morePublished 24 months ago by EB Foley
An interesting autobiography of a son born born to English mother and American GI during WW2 reflecting the conditions and prejudices of that period.Published on October 19, 2014 by M M
Story of a young boy conceived during the war, to a cold neglectful mother, never
knowing his father until later in his life. Read more
A book I couldn't put down! I loved it!
I kept reading to find out more! A truly amazing story!
Brought tears to my eyes . What a strong and determined person. A must read. One of the best books that deals with the silence of truth. Read for yourself to understand. Read morePublished on May 24, 2014 by maryland
I enjoyed the story and learned about the back story of the war (WWII) The children who were left behind by American soldiers and what the women faced. Read morePublished on May 9, 2014 by missyN
I felt depressed by the end of this memoir. The author had a very sad childhood and a self centered mother for the most part. Read morePublished on May 2, 2014 by K. Coleman
When I first started reading I put it down for a few days. But as I read it was truly a heartbreaking and heartwarming story. To have everyone never tell you who your father was. Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by Amazon Customer