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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly moving account..., 5 May 2014
This review is from: Dear Jelly: Family Letters from the First World War (One Shot) (Paperback)
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It took me a while to consider what I would write on this review as for me the subject is an emotive one; both of my grandfathers lost brothers as did both my grandmothers: The Somme (3 in 20 minutes), Ypres and Mons. On the surface this is a simple and poignant story of two brothers just out of short trousers themselves, writing to their much younger sisters about day to day life in the trenches; illustrating this with drawings/cartoons and poems of their experiences. The story is ultimately a reflection of the tragic effects of The Great War, with both brothers dying, and the Semple family like so many others over the land ripped apart. It's also two brothers who ultimately want to remember what they're fighting for, remembering happier prewar times, and trying to capture that by writing letters home, whilst reassuring their sisters and family that they were safe. Sarah Ridley has done a great job in putting together a book that shows the devastating effects of war without showing the horror.
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