Carrie's War Hardcover – Aug 13 1992
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I doubt that anything will beat this traditional page-to-stage adaptation for ceaselessly involving telling of a cracking story." Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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And over there they also have one of thier friends also evacuated from london and living with the kind hepzibah green & Mr.johny Gotobed
but in trying to heal the breach b/t Mr.Evans & his estranged sister, carrie does the worst thing she ever did in her life.
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Albeit safe, their life is far from soft in the home of the rigid and
arrogant Councillor, Mr. Evans--their reluctant host. Bullying and mean he seems to relish his role as an ogre; supercilious, stingy with his resources and self-righteous in religious matters, he expects the siblings
to toe the line and cower respectfully in his presence. No deviation from duty and gratitude will be tolerated. The only softening influence in the household is provided by his younger sister, Aunty Lou, who meekly submits to her tyrannical brother. Carrie and Nick soon grow to love her, as they secretly pity her suffocated existence.
Luckier in his Welsh billeting his fellow travelers, tall and scholarly Albert Sandwich is sent to stay at a home in Druid's Bottom--near a forest of ancient yew trees--which local reputation whispers about magical or mysterious undertones of past centuries, when the Celts practiced "the old religion." He stoutly denies that his hostess, Miss Hepzibah Green, is a witch, though she fascinates the children with
her tale of a screaming skull and its curse.
Disguised as a modest YA story Carrie's War actually proves a psychological novel, with plenty of dialogue to maintain teenage
interest, plus mystery and complex human emotions to stimulate more mature readers. Most of the book consists of detailed flashback on the siblings' sojourn in Wales. We soon realize that Carrie is now a mother of several children herself, who has undertaken a sentimental journey with them to revisit the sights which made such lasting impressions
on her 12-year-old mind some thirty years ago. Alas, Carrie is haunted by what she considers her great, immature crime: "it was all my fault," she confesses in anguish, though there was none to condemn her.
She has voluntarily shouldered a heavy burden of guilt, although her adult mind rejects the role of her impetuous, thoughtless action and a legendary curse. Then too she is torn with doubt re the role of Mr. Evans in the disappearance of his older sister's will. "Miss Heart and Mr. Head," as Hepzibah nicknames her and Albert, were united in their love and compassion for her and her mentally-challenged ward, Mr. Johnny. Carrie comes of age in this excellent and fascinating story.
Carrie and Nick are sent to Wales and are picked up by a woman (Anty Lou) and her brother (Mr. Evans) to live with them. Mr. Evans is an extremely particular, pitiable, mean and cheerless man. Anty Lou has been under his thumb since she has not married. Originally Anty Lou was only supposed to come back with one child, but Carrie begs Lou that they can not be seperated and they will share a bed together and be no trouble.
Down in the valley live relations of Mr. Evans and the children love it there, there aren't so many rules, it's cheerful and fun, the food is delicious and the woman running the house is full of stories and superstitions. And of course there is the one friend the children have made, Albert Sandwich.
While reading this book you are looking through Carrie's eyes, and recalling her past. She is an adult and she has come back to visit the place she stayed during the war, what haunts her, is that she caused the ruin of the people she loved in the valley.
The story is so engaging and interesting. I read this book with a group of 9 year olds who had so many questions about being sent to live with another family, not knowing where your parents are, how they really did feel sorry for Mr. Evans, even though he was such a beast. We had great discussions with this book.