The Peace Weavers is a gripping tale for our times... all times.Set on an American airbase in England in 2003, it begins fifteen hundred years ago.Julia Jarman weaves parallel stories of sixth century Maethilde with twenty first century Hilde to create a compelling plot which explores the idea of peace as something woven, like cloth, by "word weavers".Although the novel was written on the eve of battle in Iraq, it's not about Iraq. It's about emotional intelligence; moral responsibility; the difficulty of making "right" decisions in the real world.
I suspect The Peace Weavers will be bought in batches for the reading lists of Citizenship courses. Never preachy or didactic it asks big questions but doesn't presume to tell us the answers.It inspired passionate debate in our house!
The characters,like us,have options. They make their own decisions...and mistakes. They find the world isn't always a safe, cosy place, and it isn't just the decision makers who bear the consequences. Bad things happen to good people...just like real life.
Like the characters, lots of young people today are looking for a way to influence those we've chosen as our political leaders. They know that no sane person wants war. Many teenagers from broken homes know that everybody pays when relationships break down.This story shows the similarities between, and difficulties of, the relationships between individuals and between nations.It asks, is fighting ever justified? If so, when? And if we have to fight, how do we do it?
The only weapons that make sense, as this intriguing story shows, are the ones employed by "word weavers"; talk, discussion and argument. Good relationships between people, nations and ideas are made by the right words in the right places.Peace woven by "word weavers".Great stuff!!If a book gets the audience it deserves, this will be a best seller!!