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Come Home Charlie, And Face Them by R.F. Delderfield
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Mar 05, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction
Read from March 05 to 23, 2012

Charlie could be any one of us. He is stuck in a dead-end job in a dead-end town with office harrassment at its most dour. Of course, this was the 1920s, long before office harrassment could be considered a crime. But it was. And Charlie devised a way to get even; and, in the process, to entertain himself and make him believe that he is that macho, smooth-talking, swift action someone that he really isn't. He devises a plan to rob the very bank in which he works; to woo the girl that everyone else in town really wants; and to get away with it all, including the satisfaction of knowing that he had given his fellow workers, superiors all the way to head office, the shock of a lifetime. He does it, too, only to come slightly to his senses when the get-away goes awry. Ah! What is life without a few glitches along the way. He did get the girl in the end, not the one that everyone in town lusted over. He did get the cash - $20,000! Only to bury it with his colleagues in crime and any other evidence that could point a finger at him. He did get to observe the result of his mischievous actions. Was it worth it for Charlie? It took thirty-eight years for Charlie to be able to go back and face his deed head on. In the end, sadly, Charlie was very much alone with nothing to show for his life, except a story that only he could tell. And that's what he did! He wrote his story.

This is a classic. It's realism at its best! Sad at times, but true. Well done! Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford, award-winning author of "The Whistling Bishop".

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message 1: by Jaye (new)

Jaye Having read all those spoilers I guess I don't need to read the book.

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