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This review is from: Poppy Day (Paperback)I read Poppy Days as part of a book club and we were we all sorely disappointed by the lack of research. I know it's a book to pull the heartstrings but her characters ill represent, if not mock, those serving by predictably caricaturing officers and soldiers. Although fiction, wider public perception of how a loved one is informed and treated, has been misrepresented, and is damaging by this book, which I found very sad.
Happy for those who enjoyed it and brought much welcomed funds to the British Legion, but sad that our forces are cast in this light.
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Initial post: 6 Mar 2012 22:51:53 GMT
Felicity Floyd says:
I ENTIRELY agree with you, I bought this in the hope that it would portray the real efforts that the welfare offices and regiments do to support families when their loved ones are away. I have served in the Armed Forces for a number of years and was extremely sad, as you were, to see such stereotypes of those who really do try to do their best by the familes, played out in print. I also found a lot of it wholly unrealistic, especially the Brize Norton library card scenario. It didn't pull on my heartstrings, it just made me sad and unfortunately, incredibly bored!! The only good thing to come from this book is that my £5 went to the Royal British Legion who are absolutely amazing and deserving of any funds.
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