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Smoke Portrait by Trilby Kent
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Feb 06, 11

bookshelves: library-reading-group, word-war-1-11
Read in February, 2011

I always find a childs view of the world interesting and this was more so as 13 year old Martin was pretending to be a 36 year old convict in his correspondence to twenty something Glen following a postal error. I only wish that his letters were longer and more frequent as Glen provides most of the letters and she seems to get little in return although she seems unaware of this. Alternating between the two each chaptor moves the story forward between Belgium and Ceylon. It was disappointing that the loose ends were all tied up very quickly at the end in just the closing pages. I definatley got the feel of an exotic land and the love affair was very convincing and I would have liked more of this. At times the life of a 13 year old seemed slow and boring in comparison and I didnt really get the feel of the impending war. It was inevitable that the lie would be uncovered and It was just a case of when in the story it would happen.

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