I seem to be having a problem with books I am listening to on Overdrive. This is at least the second or third youth oriented book I have read. It is aI seem to be having a problem with books I am listening to on Overdrive. This is at least the second or third youth oriented book I have read. It is a well written one, but, still a children's book.
I am very glad that this was not the first book I have read about the disaster that occurred in December 1917 in Halifax Harbor. Curse Of The Narrows by Laura M. MacDonald is ever so much better. This book, however, tones down the disaster that occurred whereas Curse brings home just how much of a disaster it is. This is especially so because this isn't a very well known incident. Part of this was due to it occurring during WWI and Canada probably wanted to tone it down while many Canadians were blaming it on the Germans. Germany had nothing to do with it.
Two ships collided in the middle of Halifax harbor. One of these ships was loaded with armaments and flammable stuff (coal, oil, etc) while the other was loaded with items meant for the saving of Belgium, including bandages and other related items that would catch fire real easy. At least one of the ships was abandoned and subsequently went plowing into the pier. The wreckage caused a tsunami. And a few days later they get a blizzard. So they had a confluence of fire, water (too much) and snow. Relief was unable to get through for several days.
Blizzard only gives us a very scanty view of this. Maybe because it is a children's book. And the author doesn't feel a young person capable of understanding what happened. Whereas Curse, I think, gave a fuller story. ...more
Very moving at times. Originally published in a magazine. One of a series of books republished because they were deemed too important to lose.
The storVery moving at times. Originally published in a magazine. One of a series of books republished because they were deemed too important to lose.
The story is about what happened to the village and villa of Rechamp. A nasty commander who destroyed the properties of many, apparently just because he could. And the basis for the story is an interview with an ambulance driver on his return to Paris.
There is discussion of German atrocities and of people on the line worrying about what was happening to their home and family. And what can happen to someone who finds out about his home. ...more
I had heard about the explosion at Black Tom when I was reading about the explosion at Halifax harbor. While thisThis was a very interesting listen.
I had heard about the explosion at Black Tom when I was reading about the explosion at Halifax harbor. While this talked about the explosion it didn't go into as much detail as I would have liked. But I had no idea of the extent of German espionage and damage done in America in the pre-WWI era here, although war had already broken out in Europe.
Not sure I really understood the relationship between terrorism and keeping America out of the war. And if some of the spies hadn't been quite so "German" and thus slaves to order and writing everything down.
But Blum endeavors to tie together multiple threads together. ...more
This is a very powerful book. Shows the disillusionment of a young soldier (in this case, German). But disillusionment affects most young soldiers. The old send them in to battle while they stay safely at home. Paul and his friends have a heated discussion, after a hearty meal scavenged from a French town they have evacuated. A comic scene is created when they come under fire after cooking a magnificent meal and must carry their food on the run to a foxhole while under fire. While enjoying their apres repast cigars, they get into deep discussion as to who to blame for this mess. Apparently not the Kaiser, but possibly the generals and armament makers. What else is new?
There are problems with an officious noncom until that noncom himself gets a taste of the front that they have already had.
An enjoyable book. I just found out that there is a sequel, The Road Back....more
A quick read. Nice to see Hamish while still alive and the pre-damaged Lt. Rutledge. This book takes us back to 1915. Two Welsh lads have taken it intA quick read. Nice to see Hamish while still alive and the pre-damaged Lt. Rutledge. This book takes us back to 1915. Two Welsh lads have taken it into their heads that a Lancashire (?) man has done them wrong in some way.
The problems at home come with them to France....more