Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

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Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

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When the shadow reached him the sun would be gone, the world would turn grey, a cold breeze would blow. On the way, he makes a detour from Carlisle in northern England and takes the boat train to Northern Ireland. It's got a bit of everything: great characters, a deeply atmospheric setting and a story that really keeps me engaged. On the other hand, Theroux paints a very powerful portrait of poverty and unemployment in the UK during the Falkland Islands era.

but then I got less and less sympathy for the boy because of some of his actions (both involve hitting someone/thing with sticks) and by the end I wasn't as moved by his story as I expected. He doesn't try to lead the reader with absolutes, but plays the events and themes with ambiguities, particularly the ending - the supposed 'happy' ending unable to be just that after everything Harry's experienced. I wanted to give up when I was halfway through, but some sick sense of perseverance compelled me to finish it. Twelve-year-old Harry struggles to make it on his own after his family is lost in a German air raid. Bus takes 3 times as long as rail, much less reliable, does not serve as many places as rail; he sees this transition to road over rail as leading to depopulating the rural areas, making them much more isolated and "Third World" like.Some of his other awards include The Carnegie Medal in 1982 for The Scarecrows, the Smarties Prize in 1989 for Blitzcat, and the Guardian Award in 1991 for The Kingdom by the Sea. Travel was done in late spring and summer of 1982, during the Falklands War, which starts many of his conversations with folks. rotting caravan sites, deserted bathing huts, holiday camps and litter-strewn amusement parks - as Mr. But hey, I'm still giving it five stars because Westall somehow makes undermining his own plot believable while keeping character growth in tact. I can't imagine anyone not liking this book as it is such a good story and so well written and not just for kids / teens.

She concluded that the British economy cannot prosper by mining coal, manufacturing products at high costs in their factories, and trade unions ruling the roost. It's always initially difficult to see one's country through the eyes of a foreigner and this was my first attempt. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. He then travels roughly clockwise round the British coastline, mainly by train, getting as far north as Cape Wrath.I felt the same about The Boy in the Striped Pajamas so I either have a particular issue with young boys caught up in WWII, or I'm dead inside. There is a slightly melancholic air about the writing which I noticed in the other Theroux travelogues I have read and a sense of slight depression and sadness that the UK, once an industrial powerhouse, seemed to have declined by the 1980s, whatever the promises of entrepreneurial renaissance of the Thatcher era. Theroux's departures from resorts (to Liverpool, Belfast, Ulster) are among the most interesting parts of the book.

Different children can handle different things and I strongly recommend parents of impressionable children read this slender volume first. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance. I read this book I think in primary school and was having trouble finding a book to read one evening on the Kindle and came across this and thought what the hell will give it another go 25 years later. He went through another gate, over the top of another air-raid shelter, through a hedge that scratched him horribly … on, and on, and on. I can't believe how much the UK has changed since this was written, and it didn't take long into this funny and acutely observant travelogue to notice we are smack bang in the early 80s: violent skinheads congregating on public transport.This engrossing thriller, published in Britain before the author's death last year, takes a stretched premise and turns it into an absorbing psychological story. As a portrait of the British Isles during the early 1980s, Theroux's book is compelling, but far from complete. Then there were a couple of parts that crossed quite far into uncomfortable and combined with the jarring, perplexing ending, took this from great to "it's ok" for me. However I just found the book to be a long winded and repetitive whinge about the lack of hospitality and excitement in the coastal towns. Two brilliant points of white, lighting up a black landscape of greenhouse, sweet-pea trellises and cucumber-frames.

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