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Life by Mal Peet
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Jun 25, 12

Read in June, 2012

Life : an exploded diagram
By Mal Peet

Forbidden love
Class barriers
Some major explosions, both literal and not.

This book has them all. A story that spans generations set against a backdrop of war and global politics. It describes minute facets of the characters lives in intimate, colorful and satisfying detail. Clem came, a “wartime mishap,” whose birth was brought on by a German air raid over rural England is smart and has a gift for drawing. He attends school on scholarship which brands him as trying to “get Above Yerself.”. Clem falls in love with Frankie, the daughter of a wealthy man. Both know this romance can go nowhere but they become deeply involved.
Mr. Peet’s narrative drips with sentimentalism about the past; it’s full of delightful colloquialisms and humorous anecdotes. For example, imagine Clem trying to find out about sex through Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
Mr. Peet depicts the uncertainty of both young love and of the nuclear threats of the time.
Does love conquer all and win out in the end?

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