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Saplings (Persephone Classics) Paperback – December 31, 2009
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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It's been a long time since I've read any of the Shoe books, but I do remember, and what is apparent here, is that Streatfeild excels at writing from the perspective of children and adolescents (though of course here the subject matter is a lot darker). The war has a mostly adverse effect on the Wiltshire children, and the author captures brilliantly the uncertainty and danger of both the war and of growing up--which in and of itself can be a bit like the war at times!
The novel was published in 1945, and this story of the dissolution of a family must have been a bit more shocking back then--even though from a more modern perspective, it's quite devastating.
The story opens on an picture postcard scene of the family beach vacation, but already there are disturbances in the perfect public faces of the family. As the book progresses and the war begins to intrude, the fissures deepen and spread, helped along by the famed British stoicism and stiff- upper-lippiness. Streatfeild does a great job of showing how such a strength can also isolate and damage a person, particularly young ones.
As Laurel puts it:
"Really! I wish I didn't have to grow up. Do you know, Alice, I'm beginning to wonder if we've not been told things wrong. I mean, we're told that children behave badly and grown ups are always right. I wonder if we shan't find that grown-ups do worse things than children."
Well-intentioned they may have been, but the adults in this novel certainly do mess these children around without understanding them in the least.
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Fascinating psychological profile of a family disintegrationPublished 8 months ago by Lindajane Greenstein
This is one of the most realistic, down-to-earth novels I have ever read. Literally all the characters are revealed with compassion, and with every word the reader was rooting for... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mary Ann
I've read most of Noel Streatfeild's books for young people, but was unaware that she'd written adult books as well. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by Panchito