Alexandra , St Augustines Catholic College
I twirled a stem of hay between my palms. “Can I ask you a question, Toby?”
He laced his fingers. "You just did."
I saw his mouth twitch again with the seed of a smile.
I almost said, "Can I ask you another question?" but realized that that would be another question. So I said, "What's your name? Your family name?"
But Toby didn't answer."
Set in 1943, during the war, this story follows the story of a bully, a supposed mad man and a twelve-year-old girl. One main thing that I like in this book is the plot; I found it surprising when Ruth gets hurt and some off the parts of the story linking to Toby (such as his sudden appearance). However, I was not able to fully get into the story and lose myself in it like with some other stories. Moreover, I found some parts unbelievable such as when Toby walks into Annabelle’s house without her family noticing for some time, as even if he had had his hair and beard cut he cannot have looked so different.
Even though I did not fully enjoy this story, I have to give it credit for the historical accuracy and retail in the characters clothing and their lifestyle. In addition, the idea of the hate towards the English people with German heritage is believable and tells us that even though they are not right in the war stricken area the rivalry between English and German is still strong. Overall, I did not enjoy this book as much as I wanted to but I appreciate the idea of the historical research.
Posted on: 26th April 2017 at 06:58 pm
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