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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
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
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 characters in My Dear I Wanted to Tell You enter the story strangely ...more
This book has it all: pathos, romance, angst -- Kierkegaard-ian angst! -- anger, joy, beauty, and an articulation of war that is cinematic and breathtaking and disturbing.
Set in the years before World War I, and during, the story follows five people -- a couple in love, forbidden due to class differences; a married couple deepl ...more
I’m always drawn to books set during the First World War. My paternal grandfather fought in the trenches and, although he lived to be 97, remained largely silent about his experiences. This is one of the themes of My Dear I Wanted To Tell You; the unspeakable horror of war, and the difficulties encountered by those caught ...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
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
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
The postcard started with the words ‘My Dear …….. I wanted to tell you, ...more
The characters were interesting, sympathetic and flawed. The storyline hopped between London and France during WWI, a period in history that I have never taken much time to learn about. There is something in this book for just about everyone an ...more
The main players are:
Riley: He has a bit of a same sex encounter and decides to run off to war to prove he's a real man, not a "nancy." I was terribly put off by this bit.. wasn't expecting it. His parts also contain the "f" word a lot. This did not bother me, but I know it will bother other readers. So make a note of that if you are offended by profanity.
Riley loves, N ...more
The narration sets it up so that reade ...more
THIS IS ONE OF MY FAV WAR LOVE STORY BOOK!
I wrecked my heart, cried so much, laughed, fell in love!
I was deeply moved by the relationship between Riley Purefoy and Nadine....So sweet!!!!! But falling in love during in a war zone was never easy. Dayum, and their social class mattered so much too! Such a pain they put these young lovers through!
Riley and Nadine fell in love, Riley went to war, she become a nurse..... bam a telegram arrives, their life totally changes... terrible lie that made b ...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
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 story is actually about Riley and Nadine, who meet while they're pre-teens and later ...more
Thereafter it seemed like a different book to me. The descriptions of the reconstruction work were fascinating and very well researched an ...more
Having been spoiled by Good-bye To All That and All Quiet on the Western Front so far, I was a bit suspicious of this book when I first started reading it. I also picked it up for a third of the cover price at a remaindered books stand, which for a 2011 novel didn’t strike me as a good sign. However, this boo ...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
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the Albert Hall. "What is it like to be in love?"
"Oh, it’s marvellous," he said. "Or terrible. Or both. The Romans
saw it as a fit of madness that you wouldn’t wish on anybody. But
there’s nothing you can do about it, that’s the main thing.”