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This book will change you,
By A Customer
This review is from: When the Wind Blows (Paperback)
I too was a teenager when I first read this book. It was back in the 80's and we were all paranoid about the bomb. Jim and Hilda are so like my grandparents, it added to the difficulty of reading this book.
Brigg's illustrations are so factual that you believe you are there. The minute details, like in Father Christmas and The Snowman, remind you that this is little old England.
The book oozes with bulldog spirit and optimism as much as ignorance and soul destroying pessimism.
The graphic effects are amazing. Normallity is interrupted by dramatic views of the machinery of war.
Jim remembers the blitz almost with fondness, and reflects on the fickleness of war, "of course then the Ruskies were on our side".
The final pages, Jims attempt at the Lords Prayer, I can't read anymore. I am normally too tearful and so sickened.
I am very glad to see it back in print, a couple of years ago I had Amazon hunt down a 2nd hand copy, even at collectors price this haunting beautiful fable was well worth it.