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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem of book to be added to your MUST READ list., 7 May 2002
This review is from: Silvertown: An East End family memoir (Hardcover)
The first thing that struck me about this book was the use of language which raises it head and shoulders above others of a similar genre.For example " Jenny was salty and wilful,as thin and prickly as the reeds that once grew where she was born. Her heart was full of tiny thorns, which chafed but were never big enough to make her bleed. "
The second thing to strike me that I was being led through a door into a world and a London about which I knew absolutely nothing and had never dreamt that such a place existed. Perhaps much of this would be familiar to Londoners but as a Scot this book was a revelation, a history lesson intertwined with the story of an ordinary, yet somehow extraordinary life.
If I have any criticism of the book it would simply be that it was far too short and passed too quickly from my life. I wanted to know so much more, to ask so many more questions than were answered. And yet that is the mastery of this book, it leaves you wishing there was just one more sweetie in the bag. That Jenny Page had one more sugary treat to offer.
It is without doubt one the best books I have read this year.
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