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Thread: Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

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    Pièce de Résistance Scheherazade's Avatar
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    Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

    Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

    Another book from BBC's Big Read list and another book that leaves me wondering how it could make it into the list.

    Goodnight Mister Tom takes places in a small village (mostly) during the Second World War. William Beech (does not like to be called Willie) arrives in the village, along with a group of evacuees, and starts living with the grumpy old man of the village, Mr Tom Oakley. Soon we discover that both William and Mr Oakley come from emotionally troubled pasts. This unlikely "family" support each other, helping one another to learn to trust and love again.

    The book obviously targets the younger readers but, still, I have found the storyline too full of tragedies, somewhat predictable and simplistic. Although some of the issues dealt with in the book -such as child abuse- are more suitable for the maturer readers, the language used throughout the book is rather childish. I was also disappointed that the war experience was minimal; almost given as a convenient backdrop, rather than a main theme in the book.

    Over all, it was a disappinting experience:

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    I second Scher's rating and the whole review throughout, didn't like it much myself too for quite similar reasons.
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    It was okay, pretty good, but not great. Too bad it's the only one of Michelle Magorian's books that has been translated into Finnish.

    There is another book by Michelle Magorian, A Little Love Song, that I like really much. I picked it up from library at random several years ago when I just wanted to read something in English. I fell in love with the book almost immediately, and now I have my own copy sitting on my bookshelf
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    Quote Originally Posted by Annamariah View Post
    There is another book by Michelle Magorian, A Little Love Song, that I like really much. I picked it up from library at random several years ago when I just wanted to read something in English. I fell in love with the book almost immediately, and now I have my own copy sitting on my bookshelf
    I think I caught the glimpse of it in the local old-bookshop. Would keep it in mind the next time I visit the shop.
    Last edited by Pensive; 02-06-2008 at 05:04 PM. Reason: typo
    I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold, and leaves of gold there grew.

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