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Children of the Resolution

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  6 reviews
It was a time of change and new ideologies, a vision of a more inclusive, fairer future... a time that was destined to shape the lives of many, and fail more than a mere handful. Viewed retrospectively through the eyes of the now adult Carl Grantham, Children of the Resolution is a story of a child poised between two worlds. Thrown into the revolutionary world of integrate ...more
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Published November 9th 2010 by
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When I finished this book, I wished that I knew someone else who had read it so we could talk about it. And I found halfway through the book that I thought differently about things I didn't even realize I had an opinion about, and my mind was changed yet again by the end. That's why I'm giving it 4 stars - for messing with my head! =)

But this isn't a social commentary masquerading as a novel; it is an entertaining development of the main character and his friendships -- entertaining and real, r
Mar 28, 2011 Candy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults
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Thank you Gary for a good book.

Too many curses, blasphemy, grammatical errors. That's what I didn't like. But there is a whole lot more that I did enjoy about this novel.

Children of the Resolution is a good, eye-opening book. It sheds light on some very real issues for the handicapped of the 70's and 80s, some which still apply today, but also for anyone who has ever felt a hard time fitting into the mold that someone else wants them to fit into.
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John Peat
Quite different from his first book but every bit as enjoyable to read.

My only complaint is that no-one remembers their childhood THIS well surely? Hell, I barely remember where I went to school, let alone what I did whilst I was there!

That said, I had a career guidance councillor clearly related to Gary's - when confronted with my evident skill with maths and computers, their ONLY suggestion was "so you want to work in a Bank then"...
Shenstone Porter
As this was the second book by Gary Murning that I've read, I thought I knew what to expect. How wrong can one be? Not that this is meant in any negative way, far from it. As with his previous book this told an interestingly compelling story, which once more showcases the author's felicity with words and imagery, as well as pathos and humour.

The author, in this book, delves into the institution that is 'Education', as viewed from two different points in the life of the protagonist, Carl, whose r
This book was only okay for me. I thought it was interesting that it was at least somewhat auto-biographical. I enjoyed hearing about Carl and his friends and his schools, but found that there wasn't much pulling me along and wanting to read more and more. I wasn't as crazy about the thesis student's narration- I just couldn't get into it as much. As another reviewer mentioned, the switching back and forth between the narrators was a bit confusing. Sometimes I wouldn't see the tildes and it was ...more
Overall, Children of the Resolution was quite enjoyable. Carl Grantham, the subject of the story, is an entertaining, intelligent, and relatable character. The interludes of conversation between the adult Carl and the grad student, Marisa, serve to provide some interesting background, but they also make the story feel a bit choppy. Nevertheless, this book is certainly worth reading - it discusses topics, such as physical disabilities, that are not often discussed in today's literature. Well done ...more
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Gary is a novelist living in the northeast of England. His work, largely literary fiction, focuses on themes that touch us all — love, death, loss and aspiration — but always with an eye to finding an unusual angle or viewpoint. Quirky and highly readable, his writing aims to entertain first and foremost. If he can also offer a previously unfamiliar perspective or insight, all the better.

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