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The Long Shadow
The Long Shadow
by Loretta Proctor
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st world war greece, 22 Mar 2006
This review is from: The Long Shadow (Paperback)
There are some books which are a fair read, some which are a good read, and some which are unputdownable. This book falls in to the latter category. It is beautifully crafted and extremely well researched. The tension steadily increases as we near the end. A young boy discovers his mother's secret diary and finds it compelling. The narrative is in diary format and the story in the first half is about his mother in 1st world war Salonica. The second half covers the son's adventures which bring the book to an exciting conclusion. You really feel as if you were there. Congratulations - we look forward to more books by this author.


The Long Shadow
The Long Shadow
by Loretta Proctor
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Shadow Review, 20 Mar 2006
This review is from: The Long Shadow (Paperback)
There are some books which are a 'fair' read, some which are a 'good' read and some which are unputdownable. I class this book in the last category. It really is superbly written with scrupulous attention to historical detail and a story line which covers many years and many lives. It is told through the medium of a diary. A young boy discovers his mother's secret diary, reads it and is enthralled. The book unfolds during the 1st world war in Salonica, Greece. The whole point about the diary medium is that one's attention is held as an ongoing narrative as though one were actually there, and this has been achieved admirably.
The second half of the story concerns the exploits of the son - how he goes out to Greece and eventually uncovers the history behind all that has been revealed before in the 1st section. It is told with superb verve and great descriptive writing and should be a must on the bookshelf of anyone remotely interested in the Greek campaign from the 1st world war on, or, for that matter - for any reader who wants to be absorbed in a great story, told with dignity and great humanity. I thoroughly recommend this book!


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