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Great book, sloppy production
on 5 February 2014
This is a wonderful and very moving book, and it gave me a keen sense how the war experience contrasted with and impacted the seemingly innocent, carefree pre-war era not only in Murdoch's life, but also in the lives of her contemporaries, who - one sometimes has the sad impression - were dying left and right. It is also great material for the difference and indeed contrast in the experience of those who went out to fight and those who, like Murdoch, had to stay at home. Her letter-exchange with Frank Thompson is, for me, the particular hightlight of the book.
Unfortunately, I have to subtract two stars: For all its great content, the book is very sloppily produced, with many footnotes which are in the text missing at the bottom or cutting off in mid-sentence, which was particularly frustrating. There are also footnotes referring back to earlier footnotes, but unfortunately the wrong ones, with the right ones sometimes not to be found. Here and there, a proofreader would not have hurt either. I also feel that the paper quality could have been higher and the binding sturdier, as the book sometimes feels as if it had been intended as a paperback.