Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

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Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

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He describes many a variety from the retired-to-the-seaside-to-die, hedge pruning and tea-drinking to tabloid-reading, Butlins visiting variety but he dislikes them all - and he damns them with their own words, pithily, wonderfully, right on target. It was both interesting and often humorous to hear what Paul thought of various places within the UK, its people included. Numb and disoriented, he evades the authorities and makes his way to the beach, where he is befriended by Don, a stray dog. He smelt the tar of the boat and it was a nice smell; it was the first thing he’d smelt since the burning gas, and it was a comforting smell. In a quiet way the British were hopeful, and because in the cycle of ruin and renewal there had been so much ruin, they were glad to be still holding on -- that was the national mood -- but they were hard put to explain their survival.

I started this as an audiobook but that just didn't work; I wanted to check maps to follow all the places author was visiting. year old Harry is on his own after his parents and younger sister are killed when their house is bombed.It felt like it cheapened the whole story to have Harry's family miraculously survive -- but instead of being glad to have Harry back, they're cross that Harry no longer fits in, having been changed by his ~journey~. There's a part I wanted to share, around pg 80 that kinda warmed my heart (ofc little did I know there were gonna be more that targetted my feels) where Harry and Don got caught up in a heavy thunderstorm. It was a good eighteen years after the Good Friday Agreement between the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the political parties in Northern Ireland.

Harry and his dog Don take off down the beach looking for better places to live, and they always find them, that is, when they are not finding trouble. He is also a lover of rail travel and did not like the fact that the British rail service was shrinking even while he was making this trip. In some trivial ways it was, but to an alien it seemed entirely irregular and unpredictable, changing from day to day. The story of a boy separated from his family after an air-raid is both heart-warming and upsetting in turn. The action never stops in this story as Harry tries to find his place in the world after his house is bombed during the Blitz.Paul Theroux's round-Britain travelogue is funny, perceptive and 'best avoided by patriots with high blood pressure. His first published book The Machine Gunners (1975) which won him the Carnegie Medal is set in World War Two when a group of children living on Tyneside retrieve a machine-gun from a crashed German aircraft. But hey, I'm still giving it five stars because Westall somehow makes undermining his own plot believable while keeping character growth in tact. It is how he chooses to combat all these challenges, and overcome his own weaknesses that make this book well worth reading, for children and adults. Theroux captured the sense of the British, of both their personality similarities with Americans but also their profound differences as a people far more content with far less creature comforts and, among many, far more willing at this point to watch the world go by and accept their increased obsolescence.

He's scathing, ironic, judgemental without spelling the judgements out and very, very choosy about the human creations too. In addition, John enjoys a more recent travelogue, Felicity Cloake's new book Red Sauce Brown Sauce: A British Breakfast Odyssey (Mudlark); while Andy reads two poems from Fiona Benson's stunning new collection Ephemeron (Cape Poetry). He lay relaxed; as he remembered lying relaxed in his pram when he was little and watching the leaves of trees blowing, whispering and sunlit overhead.Travel was done in late spring and summer of 1982, during the Falklands War, which starts many of his conversations with folks.

Set in classic Westall country-the north of England, shortly after WWII-this atmospheric novel tackles fairly sophisticated subject matter: a 17-year-old's affair with a woman nearly twice his age.

I picked this up originally because I rather like travelogues; I didn't realize that Theroux is famous for the grim, bitter unhappiness of his travel writing (Theroux's theory is that "a lot of travel is misery and delay"). The English aristocracy, according to Theroux, had nearly always composed of flatterers, cutthroats, boyfriends, political pirates, and people of very conceited ambition. This new novel by the author of Blitzcat and Ghost Abbey evinces a crackling pace that will keep pulses racing. Which happens *literally* on his way back from Lindisfarne (where he has a bad run-in with local kids and, in the absolute cold blood of necessity, deliberately and consciously breaks a kid’s ankle), when Harry’s caught by the tide, soaked to the skin, and ends up spending the night in a refuge tower in the middle of the flooded causeway. One of my favourite parts of the book was his journey on the post bus through Sutherland where he experiences rural life up close.

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