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This was a skeleton story needing some flesh.
on 21 February 2016
I'm a big fan of Michael Morpurgo's books and have been all through my life, and I'm always happy to find a book of his that I haven't read yet. I wanted to like this story, and it had plenty of elements going fo it, but ultimately the whole thing just felt rushed and shallow. There was very little characterisation, too much of the dialogue was simply recorded as having happened rather than the reader being allowed to actually see it, the main character felt believable as an old woman but was otherwise barely present in the telling of her own story. The romance was virtually undetectable, and the whole thing felt thrown together. I'm not even sure why the framing was necessary as other than Carli being compared to the old lady's little brother, he had zero relevance or role in the story and his mother was a stereotypical annoying parent. This was a skeleton story needing some flesh.