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Far From Home
on 14 September 2012
I'm pleased that the other reviewers are so happy with this book. Last night I threw it down on the floor and gave it up. The story is good, the wartime era described very accurately apart from the bit about Lancaster bombers being built so early in the war. They did not come into service until 1942, but then nobody can get everything right and this book is generally very good on wartime details which is more than can be said about some other writer's books.
My problem with this book is, the stilted, precise dialogue. I'm so fed up with "I am, I will, I have, it is, they are" etc. Nobody speaks like that all the time unless they're rather angry or trying to put a point across. For example on page 240, stall holders are described as rough and ready. So would they really say "I have just the thing" more than likely they would say "I've got just the thing". Anne Bennett's aversion to the abreviated form with apostrophes just spoiled it for me and I gave it up halfway through after struggling with the dialogue which is rather like listening to ham actors speaking precisely and without much feeling! Anne Bennett is a good writer if only she would loosen up the character's speech just a bit.