on March 13, 2016
Gritty and authentic account of a 10 yr. old precocious boy plucked from a privileged life at the twilight of the British Empire and transformed by his years in a prison camp separated from his parents. Very well written. Perfectly captures the time period and provides fascinating insight into the various forms of adaptation required to survive a war as a civilian. The writing has a bit of a dreamlike quality sometimes, stemming from Jamie’s musings about the war and the occupants of the prison camp and requires concentration. The harsh realities are not glossed over at all in this book but there is nothing gratuitous in the descriptions of violence or privation experienced by both sides and is suitable for mature readers as young as 13. Both the book and the film are well worth your time, but be advised the film is based on the book and the novel’s narrative is different. You will be completely immersed in the story.