I like books about heroes, unassuming heroes, the quiet ones who never get promotion, never get awards for bravery. Alfred Day, turret gunner in a bomber squad during WWII is one such hero, a man of huge and noble courage who is constantly beset by his own personal armoury of fears and terrors.
I also like books where authors take risks and experiment with voice. But the author must keep the narrative sufficiently lucid, she must remember her duty to her readers. AL Kennedy takes ...more
At a time when we’re all sick of hearing about and seeing the consequences of war this is a book about war well worth reading. At 15 Alfred Day lies about his age and joins the RAF as a gunner to get away from his violent father and his small Midlands town that threatens a lack luster life and escapes to see the world or at least bomb it one target and mission at a time. The story is told in the third person with forays into the second person point of view and Al ...more
La parte più riuscita, anche se tutte le parti si mescolano omogenee tra di l ...more
STRUCTURE: Kennedy doesn’t number the chapters in Day. The chapter started a few lines down from the top so you knew when you were starting a new one. This niggled me a bit. I like to flick through to the next chapter so I can judge how long it is so I know if ...more
The life of this Sergeant ...more
- la scrittura è affascinante, allusiva, originale, con capoversi che sembrano poesie e lasciano traspirare l'atmosfera dei luoghi e dei tempi in cui il racconto si svolge;
- il romanzo richiede un impegno superiore a quanto siamo soliti dedicare e la volontà di proseguire la lettura nonostante una straniante mancanza di precisi punti fermi che condiziona la comprensione degli eventi almeno per il pri ...more
Alfred Day is a decent man but somewhat tongue-tied when it com ...more
Normally, I don't put a lot of descriptions of books in my reviews - as I figure that everyone can read the summary of the book themselves. But I will try to put a brief description s ...more
I liked this note on re-reading Sherlock Holmes stories by necessity due to shortages of reading material: The cases had blended together, but that was fine, because being unsure of what ended up where meant the stories could stand a few readings, twisting ...more
The first fifty pages or so were incredibly hard work to slog through, and with the past flowing into the present, random italicization of some thoughts, and shifts back and forth to the second perspective, the author doesn't really seem to want the reader to have a good time reading her book.
Once you get used to the style of the narration, however, (and once the italicized intrusive ...more
What an amazing book. Just as Kennedy’s last novel “Paradise” took me so much into the mind of the alcoholic main character that I could practically taste the alcohol on my tongue, this book brings you into a completely different world, yet just as fully. Alfred’s experiences in ...more
Named twice as one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists, A. L. Kennedy plumbs the depths of darkness. In her ninth book of fiction, Paradise (HHHJ July/Aug 2005), she explored alcoholism. Day, a psychologically complex novel that examines the true costs of war, combines war, romance, and history. By delving deep inside Alfred's psyche, Kennedy offers an immediate, surreal portrait of one man's disintegration. Critics agree that Kennedy's vivid depictions of war are the most compelling, origi...more
I found Day randomly at a bookstore on an island in the North Sea, of all places. I had never heard of the writer or of this novel, which came out in '07.
Somehow, the author has found a way to channel the mind of a WWII British tail gunner into a book that, if one hadn't known otherwise, might have actually been written by an RAF survivor. Though the story is a collage of narratives and time frames (internal dialogue, 2nd person during the war, 3rd person after the war, e ...more
Unlike many readers, I didn't think that Kennedy slipped into the second person as a purposeful technique placing the reader in our protagonist's shoes. Rather this is Alfred's own voice reaching out to us, a young man trying t ...more
Alfred Day was a RAF pilot during WWII who seemed to have had a bad childhood. he is currently working as an extra in a movie and he seems to be flashing back to the war, to his experiences with his "girl" and his dealings with his dad. it ...more
"A novel in the modernist mode....it employs formal char. of mod. writing like narrative ...more
Detailing his experience in the second world war as a tail gunner in a Lancaster bomber it flits between the present (post war Britain) and the not too distant past. Despite his inarticulate nature he relives the main relationships in his life with his ...more