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A Special Providence by Richard Yates
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Mar 27, 2012

it was amazing

This book takes place in the early 1930’s during WWII where eighteen-year-old Robert Prentice is a soldier. His mother, Alice Prentice has been waiting for her big break all her life. She has been struggling to be known in the art world and get the most out of life always being hopeful that she’ll be able to obtain prosperity. Both Robert and Alice are damaged souls. Richard Yates did a wonderful job in developing Alice’s and Robert’s character. Yates could have worked on developing the atmosphere of the war. He barely described the soldiers in action however he does an outstanding job at intertwining two different perspectives during the war and time period. I was able to live vicariously through the book. I felt Alice’s pain when she was having money trouble and Robert’s eagerness to be the best soldier he can be. I definitely recommend reading “ A Special Providence”.
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