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I'd seen the film but the book is a terrific read.
on 1 October 2016
There's restraint and sensitivity here. Jim is a clever and inquisitive boy, often over-thinking his situation, reading clues and taking cues from the adults around him. It's all he has to help him survive in this war. He makes himself useful and makes friends with anyone who might help enable his survival.
I've just bought the sequel, the Kindness of Women and look forward to more of our hero. Jim is loosely based on J G Ballard's own internment as a child living in Shanghai.