Stay Where You Are and Then Leave
Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name - on a sheaf ...more
In this wonderful children's story, Alfie's determination to locate and rescue his beloved father leads him on a heartfelt and eventful adventure. While secretly working as a shoeshine boy to help his mother put food on the table during WW1, the nine year old lad discovers an important clue regarding his father's whereabouts and plans a secret mission resulting in his fir...more
start if the old ones don't end."
I don't read children's literature much these days but this book, Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne caught my eye. I loved John Boyne's adult novel about the Great War, The Absolutist and I was curious about how he would handle this subject in a book especially for children. As it turns out, John Boyne has written an honest but sensitive book about what it was like to be a child during World ...more
I loved the story too. Alfie was such a sweet and endearing character. He also felt like a real child who had to grow up too fast. I was sad to see this book end. I think I'm still ...more
Alfie’s Dad had always been a Dad who was very much part of his son’s life, and the little boy is bereft when his adored parent marches off to do his bit in France.
As the months turn into years, and eventually even his Dads letters stop coming, Alfie, growing up, and realising his Mum is struggli ...more
Alfie Summerfield discovers on his fifth birthday that his father is going off to war, World War I to be exact, and will return when the war is over, before Christmas. That time before Christmas lasts for more than four years. He was told by his mother that the reason why letters didn't come in through the mail was because he was on a secret mission, but to Alfie, all he could translate this to was that he was dead.
It wasn't unt ...more
Alfie and his family live a pretty uneventful life. All he wants to do is ride the milk float with his father. Then his father does something that changes their life forever. He volunteers to be in the war.
This setting is probably what interested me in the most. If you know about The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, you'll know I pretty much cried when I saw the movie. So naturally I had to pick this one up. I liked reading about th ...more
Stay Where You Are And Then Leave is a triumphant story of a young English boy named Alfie who's father enlists in the army during the first world war. Alfie stays behind in London with his mother, grandmother, and their various neighbours as he braves a new world that makes little sense t ...more
Few books have left a greater impression than The Boy In The Striped Pajamas did and years after reading it, I still get goosebumps thinking about it. I decided I would read Stay Where You Are & Then Leave because I was eager to see how John Boyne would tackle World War One. Though Boyne's latest novel isn't as memorable or unique as The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, it still has a lot going for it.
Alfie's character is beaming with innocence and he doesn ...more
Alfie Summerfield was just five years old when ...more
I read a lot of books. I always have, but since I started blogging I must read more than ever. Due to the volume I read some books are read, enjoyed and quickly forgotten (I also have a terrible memory). Some books linger in the memory for a little longer, for whatever reason. And then there are a small minority of books that take hold of your mind or your heart (or both) and simply refuse to let go. I read Stay Where You Are And Then Le ...more
the story is told from the point of view of Alfie who is 9. His father went to war and never returned and he can't quite fathom what happened to him because his father insist he isn't dead. Alfie helps out his mother by working as a shoe shine a few days a week and whilst doing that he finds a clue as to where his father might be and decides to investigate further.
I must admit I was never a huge fan of boy in the striped p ...more
If you X-rayed me right now, you would see shards of my heart all over my chest. So before beginning this review, WARNING!: YOU WILL BE EMOTIONALLY TRAUMATIZED BY THE HANDS OF A PAPERBACK!
I love history. It's something that surprises people for some reason. I might not know everything about history but I love knowing more about it. There is the appeal of the unknown. So I guess that is one of the reasons why I picked up this book from the libr ...more
Unfortunately the book suffers slightly from the ‘everything-is-resolved-really-quickly’ syndrome towards the end and, as a result, I feel like the book could have done with being a bit longer.
However the book was written for younger readers, so I can understand why the author decided to keep it relatively short.
It’s not one that I’d recommend to ‘older’ readers particularly, but I can see it being a goo ...more
What we learn from this book is,
Love conquers all,
True love make it all possible,
The purest love moves mountains!
“It's a big world, isn't it?' said Georgie. 'Do you think they hate each other on other planets too?”
“It was the fact that I didn't want to kill anyone. I wasn't put on this earth to murder my fellow man. I'd grown up with violence - can't you see that? I can't bear it.”
3,2 of 5 stars!
It is actually a good enough story for me. Slow pace in the first beginning of books but it is getting better in last half books. Iam enjoying the moment when Alfie looking for his Daddie and it is breaking my heart if i put my shoes like Alfie
World war is always a tragic story and so many people lost their families at that time.. but still i love more the nightingale and sarah's keys than this pieces
I feel the ending still lack something. I dunno why the exe ...more
The books (the ones I have read of his) are similar in the way that they are all narrated by a young boy, however this book focuses on World War I, whereas the other two focus on WWII. Even though that is the main diffe ...more
The protagonist was a boy who grows from 5 to 13 during the course of the narrative and his narrative perspective is fresh, raw, real and innocent. Set in the time of First World War, it doesn't document the war but the consequences of it on the lives of people, lower middle class, seldom-wanting-to-change kind of people. The changes it brought to the people o ...more
This book is about a young boy whose father goes away to war. Totally different from my usual read but I enjoyed it all the same and read it in one sitting.
He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he won the Curtis Brown prize. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by UEA.
John Boyne is the author of ten novels for adults and five for young readers, as well as a collection of short stories.
His novel ...more