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When We Were Romans by Matthew Kneale
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Sep 16, 2009

really liked it
Read in August, 2009

A nine year old narrator charmingly misspells words and has one of the most original voices since The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon. The road trip to Rome from London is a strange trip indeed as Lawrence's mother uproots him and his precocious three year old sister and pet hamster Hermann. She has friends from her earlier life there and sees moving to Rome as a way to get away from a husband she is convinced is a danger to her family. The novel has heartbreak and poignancy and Kneale has given us a fresh child's perception of adult behavior and motivations. A lovely, memorable book.

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