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by John Boyne
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Url Phantomhive
Url Phantomhive rated it 7 years ago
I should start to say that the first world war is very unknown in the Netherlands. It's not that people don't know about it, but as we didn't play a part in it, it is apparently less important in History class. Since 2,5 years I've been going to college in Leuven, Belgium. That city has been burned ...
Mmmmm
Mmmmm rated it 7 years ago
My god, that was sad. It's not really a romance, more a tale of frustrated desire wrapped up in an indictment of the First World War, and it's beautifully done. It's a very understated novel; Boyne manages to capture the horror and despair of the trenches very clearly and without trying too hard to ...
Toni
Toni rated it 7 years ago
This story is about Tristan Sadler, a young veteran of World War 1 who is dealing with intense shame and guilt, a consequence of his involvement in the war. Told in the first person narrative by the main character, Tristan recounts how he and his best friend, Will Bancroft, faced an intense personal...
Shelly's Book Journal
Shelly's Book Journal rated it 8 years ago
Tristan visits the sister of one of his WWI army buddies to purge his soul of the guilt of the Great War and revisit the events surrounding his platoon's deployment and engagement.This was not the book I was expecting. I guess I didn't know what I was expecting, but this was not a book I would have...
A Book and A Review #2
A Book and A Review #2 rated it 8 years ago
Read my full review @ http://bit.ly/R8OcGyMy opinion: I must admit that when I first started reading this book, it bored me to tears. I tried to read it as I read a chunk of books I review-with a speed not of skimming, but not getting the full perspective of the book either. At some point, probably ...
Maven Books
Maven Books rated it 8 years ago
Poor writing. Too much talking, not enough interesting going on, and the characters didn't feel like real people.
Readin' and Dreamin'
Readin' and Dreamin' rated it 8 years ago
I would compare how I read the last 100 pages of this book to ripping off a a band-aid: I didn't want to do it, but I did it really fast, knowing the pain that would evidently come.I don't know why I requested to read this book, maybe I like torturing myself. I knew it would be tragic. I basically k...
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