- File Size: 1403 KB
- Print Length: 403 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sunbird Press (October 29, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 29, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076T7Z3QK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale Kindle Edition
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The next section of the novel tells us the heart wrenching and previously unspoken story of Alfred Nightingale and his experience in Crete as a young soldier during the Second World War. The stark contract between Jim’s and Alfred’s experience of Crete is captivating and moved me deeply.
The secrets that unravel during this section of the novel help us to understand not only the behaviour of some of the characters, but also how this has influenced their interactions with others.
The final section left me feeling that Jim had managed to make sense of the emotions that he had wrestled with throughout his life and that his journey was finally complete.
This is what I really loved about The Secret Life of Alfred Nightingale; how the novel explores the complexity of our relationships with the people we meet - friends, family and strangers - and how this penetrates deep into our soul and shapes who we are and how we view the world.
Most of all, I love the way Rebecca brings settings to life that to me are foreign, in this case, Crete, a country I have never visited. Now I want to go – that should say it all! Not only that; I came of age in the 60’s, and so the atmosphere of happy-go-lucky young travellers taking off with hardly a penny in their pockets and somehow surviving in paradise – well, I did that, and it was great to it vicariously in the first part of this novel – even though, with the wisdom of hindsight, my older, more mature self felt like giving young Jim a good shake.
But most of all, it’s the second part of the novel that shook me to the core, as well-written and poignant World War II stories inevitably do. These stories make me aware of my pampered life and force me to find my better self, as they bring to life the dangers and sacrifices faced by people and communities who had no choice but to live through the horrors of war. So, again, this novel sank into me and made me feel, think, love with its characters. So all that is left is for me to say thank you, Rebecca, and to you, reader : Read This Book!