War Crimes for the Home

by Liz Jensen | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 074756146x Global Overview for this book
Registered by BookGroupMan of Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on 2/6/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, February 06, 2006
(5/03) This is a near perfect piece of fiction, not ‘great’ fiction, but 10/10 for the pace and plot, historical detail and characterisation. I can’t explain why it only warrants 8 *’s maybe the lack of depth, some unlikely events, and the rude bits which are not necessarily acceptable to a wide audience?

Anyway to summarise without giving too much away. Gloria is a fading but still feisty old lady in a nursing home recovering/retelling parts of her wartime experience in Bristol. She and her older sister Marje are practically orphaned* and work in a munitions factory, and live – you imagine – a typical civilian urban war; lack of food, a continual proximity to death and mutilation, a mixture of feelings of boredom, weariness, terror and adventure. Gloria has a GI boyfriend, but she doesn’t get her man in the end – no real surprise from quite early on. But, the strength of the plot is the gradual building up of hers and her children’s back story (how many, who were the fathers?), and mixing the mundane and the crass – it was her sister wot had the brains – with the outrageous and tragic.

*mother dead and father lost somewhere in Asia

Journal Entry 2 by MrsDanvers from Aldeburgh, Suffolk United Kingdom on Saturday, March 10, 2007
Picked up at today's Ipswich meeting. I was attracted by Bookgroupman's review of this, and I've just returned from Bristol, so coincidence played a part too.

Journal Entry 3 by MrsDanvers from Aldeburgh, Suffolk United Kingdom on Friday, April 13, 2007
Gloria is a wonderfully-realised character - complete in her brashness, vulgarity, bad jokes, wandering mind and survival instinct. Her war see-saws between the day to day getting-by in Bristol and the excitement of a GI boyfriend, until tragedy hits her when she least expects it; and her life in a retirement home is not without its excitement, either.

At times I was appalled by the coarseness of Gloria's life during and after the war, however the book gets to the heart of a complex character and one who isn't written about or depicted in drama much.

Overall a very satisfying read.

Released 12 yrs ago (4/14/2007 UTC) at Caffe Nero IP1 book-crossing zone in Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 5 by Scatz from Aldeburgh, Suffolk United Kingdom on Saturday, April 14, 2007
Picked up at Ipswich meet.

Journal Entry 6 by Scatz from Aldeburgh, Suffolk United Kingdom on Saturday, June 16, 2007
I loved being swept up into Gloria's wartime and modern day world. She was rude,crude,amusing and tragic.

Expect vivid descriptions of some of her exploits,this paragraph preceded a real shocker!

"When I've got them out I put them in the jar with his, and they sit there in the Steradent like two pink crabs that's huddled together and has fallen in underwater love."

Released 12 yrs ago (6/23/2007 UTC) at Grahamstown in A bookcrosser , -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Given to TurquoiseFloyd.

Journal Entry 8 by abitstormyout from Ely, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Saturday, June 23, 2007
Passed on by Scatz today - thanks!

Journal Entry 9 by wingbooktwitcherwing from Chelmsford, Essex United Kingdom on Thursday, August 09, 2007
To be released on holiday in Wales

Journal Entry 10 by wingbooktwitcherwing at Caernarfon Castle in Caernarfon, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, August 09, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (8/16/2007 UTC) at Caernarfon Castle in Caernarfon, Wales United Kingdom

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