My Dear I Wanted To Tell You
The lives of two very different couples are irrevocably intertwined and forever changed in this stunning World War I epic of love and war.
From the day in 1907 that eleven-year-old Riley Purefoy meets Nadine Waveney, daughter of a well-known orchestral conductor, he takes in the difference between their two families: his, working-class; hers, "posh" and artistic. Just a...more
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This book is definitely worth reading.
It is multi-threaded, which I always love. The love stories are varied and bring out the contrasts in the way different people deal with situations and with the people closest to themselves.
There is a great dea...more
This book focuses on the stories of two couples and those surrounding them. You never really get to find out about what attracts both couples to each other, which I think would have been nice to know especially considering...more
The novel is set during the First World War, but tells the story in a very original way, much more so than most historical fiction. We really get inside the heads of the characters. What really grabbed me at the beginning of the book was the spiky character of the boy Riley, when he falls in the Round Pound in Kensi...more
Although I can't quite pin-point why, there was something about this book which really sucked me into the world of those within it. The writting is nothing outstanding, the story doesn't have any dramatic climaxes or surprising plot twists, but Young writes in such a way that is still gripping and compelling from start to finish.
Like many novels, this is based during World War 1, but unlike other books of it's type, the focus is on the 'norma...more
The postcard started with the words ‘My Dear …….. I wanted to tell you,...more
Riley Purefoy es un hombre joven de clase trabajadora que vive con su familia en la zona de Bayswater de Londres. Como resultado de un encuentro casual en los jardines de Kensington, se ve envuelto en una familia de clase media bohemia...more
I appreciate the break that main character Riley, a working class young boy, has in meeting Artist Sir Alfred and how this leads him away from a possibly life of thievery and onto the road of bettering his social self.
The 'can't because of social status' love story is a bit of a cliche but once established further into...more
I found My Dear I Wanted to Tell You equal parts fascinating and horrifying. Although heavy with romance and war, this novel portrayed none of the romance of war. It took me a while to sink into the plot and the characters, but once I did they appeared in my thoughts when I put the novel down and although I enjoyed this novel and thought about it when I wasn’t reading it, I felt it could have been much more captivating.
I didn’t anticipate this war story to be...more
Quanto a me, ringrazio il caso di avermici fatto posare gli occhi in libreria.
Ha la delicatezza di un romanzo romantico (in senso metastorico), la forza di un romanzo di denuncia, la disperazione delle storie che raccontano la verità, la voglia di vivere che infonde chi ha vissuto la morte....more
The absurdity of that European war, combined with the horrors of the trenches and the naivety of the young soldiers – that first year, most thought they would be home by Christmas – produced a platoon of war poets and a slew of romance novels that continues to this day.
This Costa-shortlisted novel by British author Louisa Young starts out like one of the latter, but thankfully develops into something mea...more
"My Dear I Wanted to Tell You", which is set in London, Kent and France during the First World War and the years...more
The characters in My Dear I Wanted to Tell You enter the story strangely...more
The story is actually about Riley and Nadine, who meet while they're pre-teens and later...more
Young's story revolves around four main characters, Nadine and Riley, a young couple in love and Peter and Julia, a young married couple. The setting is during WWI England/France and the main focus of the story seems to be about how the war impacts them individually and their relationships as well.
I wanted to like this story. WWI and WWII Fiction is a genre I truly enjoy. However, I had a hard ti...more
To me, this book simply had to much going on. I feel that the author felt that she had a whole bunch of things she wanted to write about that included art, beauty, WWI, and young love, and crammed them all together in one story. She did a wonderful job of cramming, and the...more
Louisa Young's writing emphasizes the fragmented thoughts and sensations of people under extreme kinds of stress. She was not setting the scene and describing the action so much as telegraphing the characters' experiences as they registered--it was extraordinarily affecting. This isn't really your book if you're looking for something to present an overview of the historical events, but it wonderfully portrays the shifting mindsets and the emotional damage of WWI.
I also apprec...more
The narration sets it up so that reade...more
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