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A war novel for our times.,
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This review is from: The Accidental (Paperback)
Those who are giving this one star don't appear to think while they're reading. Why it changes style 'randomly'? because we're seeing the events through different characters. The children's viewpoints are very well written, the adults are less convincing. The book is not meant to be entirely literal; Amber is only a catalyst for the characters to move away from their interiorised world views.
But this is a vehemently anti-liberal and chattering classes book. The references to the war being in the background on television, and the mother's idle idea of writing a book about suicide bombers, highlight the hypocrisy of the lazy chattering classes in this country.