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Five Children on the Western Front

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The Psammead is meant to be the main character in the book, yet I feel like he’s sort of just there.

This fits in nicely with the originals but I must admit, it was blindly obvious to me that a character that was supposed to be a cockney, was coming out with these kind of archaic sayings too! A sequel to a book published more than a hundred years ago is a bit more of a challenge than writing one published, say, fifty.The Lamb and Edie are playing in their Kentish garden when out of a sandy hollow pops the mythical creature their older siblings have often talked about.

This naturally begs the question of whether or not you would have to read Five Children and It to enjoy this book. Kate Saunders' Five Children on the Western Front is both an homage and a goodbye to this twilight time. No lessons, no underlining moral, no didactic tone relating to what children should and should not do. Saunders figured out the Cyril and Robert were bound for the trenches, she had a heavy task set before her. To my joy, I found that not only was Saunders a Nesbit fan and praised the influence she has had on the literature of today (she mentions that the Narnia chronicles would never had happened were it not for her work) but I also found that her writing sounded exactly like Nesbit’s: and I mean exactly!Saudners has also done a good job depicting the impact of the war on both the home front and the Western Front. I would recommend this book and I would probably rate in 8 out 10, it is a very good book but if you are not in secondary school, then you might not understand some of the language in this book.

rereading this VIOLENTLY reminded me of when i almost started crying in a car dealership the first time i read this. The time is at the start of World War 1 and Cyril, the eldest of the Pemberton boys is off to fight.

And in Saunders' book the four older children from Nesbit's books (Cyril, Anthea, Jane and Robert) have all reached young adulthood, ranging from 16-21 at the start of the story. There's a somewhat heavier book locked away in this one, and I can't help thinking it would have been just a little bit more satisfying. also "to the next adventure" there are not words to express what i feel every time i read those words. Again, some of this transition seems a little bit sudden; even the Psammead's speech patterns become more eloquent and emotive in a very short span of pages. From Nobel Laureates Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter to theatre greats Tom Stoppard and Alan Bennett to rising stars Polly Stenham and Florian Zeller, Faber Drama presents the very best theatre has to offer.

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