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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (Dec. 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140026290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140026290
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,069,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Olivia Reuter Hapgood on 23 Feb. 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
Whilst I haven't heard the tape of this book, I have read the novel many hundreds of times: it perfectly captures an era, and a feeling. The characters are young, naive and perfectly in tune with the England of WW2, yet seem as relevant to today's world as modern fictional characters. The book is just sheer romance: glow-worms, and pilots soaring through the air; beer in country pubs and love under the moon during midnight feasts. But the romance cannot prevent the book from delving into tragic depths, and the heroine/narrator conveys the heartache perfectly, leaving aside sentimentality but gives a sense of hope. This is a book to fall in love to and with, - I defy anyone not to lose their hearts to Splodge, to Mac, to the Count and especially to Fitz - to carry with you at all times, just to cheer yourself up with a favourite paragraph, or allow a certain chapter to express your bluest moods for you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mizz Fitzz on 24 Jun. 2010
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This is the most beautiful book I've ever read. I read it first probably 30 years ago, and re-read it every couple of years. It is gentle, honest, brutal and simply delightful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LittlePinkPiggy on 26 Aug. 2010
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This story was adapted for television when I was 16 and after watching it I went out and bought the book. I have read it many times and recommend it to others whenever I get the chance. The story is simply beautiful and conjures up what I imagine life would have been like during the early days of World War II. Bates writes in the first person as a young English girl, who falls in love during one of the most testing times Britain has ever known. The characters are wonderfully crafted and you feel for each and every one of them.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Luthien Arnatuile on 23 Dec. 2009
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I recommend this book to all my friends and rave about it and it's author. I have put it as my favourite book on Shelfari. After reading the paperback I turned to Amazon Secondary market to get a hardcover edition of this book since I know I will read it over and over again and I have bought hardcover editions for gifts for friends as well since this author SHOULD be read!!!
The story has everything! It has lovely romance. It has excitement. Sorrow. Happiness and humour. It is a perfect study of what it was like in the countryside when WWII broke out and the Battle of Britain started. Herbert E Bates was a pilot during that war and wrote several short stories under the pseudonym of Officer X. He knew what he was talking about when he wrote this book. He knew the fear in the women that waited on the ground to see if their loved ones were coming back. He knew what it was like to live for the day because there might now be a tomorrow. He knew what it felt like to loose fellow pilots in combat. And he knew about the fatigue the pilots felt after flying too many missions in too short of a time. When you read the novel you feel yourself there. You feel that this is fiction yes, but the man that writes has seen it.
The book has an upper class girl as it's "heroin". She lives a sheltered life with her dominant grandmother, her clumpsy uncle and her mother that is not all there in the head. The young woman seems like a zombie for the most part until the war one day lands on their doorstep. Young dashing pilots living a life in danger arrives to the house and make the family move to simpler lodgings so that the country house can be turned in to an officer's mess. Naturally she starts socializing with the pilots and her life never becomes the same again.
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