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- ASIN : B00I11F24Y
- Publisher : Scholastic Inc. (May 1, 2014)
- Publication date : May 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 13086 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 228 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #445,315 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Though there were several amusing scenes in the book, for the most part it is very depressing. The end is not conclusive, and we do not know what becomes of Tommo. Just an all-around sad tale.
And I wanted to shake Grandma Wolf. She was awfully judgmental to Charlie and all the Peaceful family, and then we find out she had been living in sin herself. She was a horrible woman, and I was glad when she left them.
The story is well written and keeps your attention, but I would not read it again.
Perhaps in this year of the anniversary of the start of the 1914-1918 war it is a book which should be read to enlighten one as to the horrors of life of those who fought in it and in some cases how they come to be there. I finished this book 4 days ago and I am still remembering chapters scenes and lines from it.
I find the hard part of the book is to try and decide who it is for, as while in the lead up to the going to war could well be directed towards children but wwhen it moves on to war and the culmination it is definitely adult material.
Top reviews from other countries
In the small Devon town of Hatherleigh lives young Tommo Peaceful with his brother Charlie and the girl they both adore, Molly. This is family life, village life, captured in the idyllic Devon countryside before the encroachment and black clouds of world war 1 destroys the dreams and aspirations of so many in pointless sacrifice ensuring that life would never be the same again....."We'd lie amongst the grass and buttercups of the water meadows and look up at the clouds scudding across the sky, at the wind-whipped crows chasing a mewing buzzard"....Tommo and Charlie are gripped in the romantic notion of helping to eradicate the threat of the Hun who were attempting to grow their military might and realize their imperialistic ambitions. So the two brothers and close friends from the village march blindly off to war where the initial patriotic enthusiasm dies tragically amidst pointless butchering when the reality of war is revealed...."I could no longer pretend to myself that I believed in a merciful god nor in a heaven, not anymore, not after I had seen what men could do to one another. I could believe only in the hell I was living in, a hell on earth and it was man-made, not God-made"......."the terror that is engulfing me and invading me, destroying any last glimmer of courage and composure I may have left. All I have left now is my fear"....
Michael Morpurgo expertly portrays the senseless slaughter and sacrifice of world war 1 to a young impressionable adult audience. This is achieved by comparing the beauty and peacefulness of the English countryside with the shell ravaged mud filled trenches of France....this was the raw reality of war. Private Peaceful is a sombre novel to be read by young and old. It's simplistic language is very effective in creating an image of a time when the romantic notion of war quickly became a vision of hell and where the loss of millions was seen as an acceptable price for the march of imperialism and the misguided ambitions of WW1 military leaders. Highly Recommended.
It is easy to see why this book is often studied at Junior Cycle level for Irish exams. Many different themes and settings are used which makes for a really interesting read.
The description and the detail that is in the book is fantastic and it is easy to imagine what life must have been like in war times. I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 11.