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5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsory reading?, 14 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Artichoke Hearts (Paperback)
I almost think that this should be compulsory reading, except that reading it under compulsion would spoil it.

I bought this for my daughter because it was by the till and I liked the title. I might not have bought it because we have just been bereft of so many close family in only a few years that we can't really take any more death, even fictional. However, the book's been hanging about waiting for my daugher to get around to it (and she feels she can't take any more death either), so I read it yesterday.

It is a moving and beautiful book, full of joy and love and there is such insight into beginnings, endings, saying goodbye, looking forward, looking back. My daughter is now the same age as Mira and is so like her. It will be a while yet before she will pick this up, but I can guarantee she will be glad when she does.

I wish her primary school teacher had read it to the class when my daughter was in year 6. Her classmates might have had a bit more sympathy and understanding when her grandmother, uncle, aunt, cousins, godfather and best friend died in the space of 3 years.

I've changed my mind. It should be compulsory reading.
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Initial post: 25 Mar 2011 17:02:57 GMT
kermit 333 says:
Julia, I've just read this book and it is a really beautiful first novel. I wish you and your family strength and courage at this time. You sound a wonderful parent and my thoughts will be with you. Some years ago my family had a similar time as yours too, I hope for more positive times ahead for you.
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