When We Were Romans
Publisher: Picador Usa
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Mental Health
Recounted from the point of view of nine year old Lawrence, this is an exquisitely painful account of his travels back and forth between England, Italy and Scotland with his mentally ill mother and younger sister. The voice is utterly convincing and the plot horribly compelling as it moves steadily ...
I devoured this book in a day. It left me feeling pretty morose, but I loved the narrator's voice.
disturbing9 year old pov. parents divorced, Mom takes them to Rome when she says Dad is hassling them.There's also the 3 year old sister.Starts kind of light hearted and gets darker.Interplay between his interest in Roman history and outer space and what's happening in their life.Resilience or fragi...
i must be on a roll (or not), b/c i couldn't read this book...it was very stream of consciousness, told from the mind of a young boy...words were misspelled as if he were writing it, and that turned me off immediately. it's back to the bookshelves for me!!
I enjoyed this, in the way that I would enjoy talking to a precocious child. You have to keep in mind that the narrator is a nine-year old boy and sees the world from that vantage point. The book is written as stream of consciousness (there were times I found myself gasping for breath just trying to...