Synopsis in my own words;
This novella tells the story of Rob Stone disfigured by war trying to blend in with society and live a normal life after the harrowing events of the First World War. He is haunted by the ghost of his Captain and struggles with a broken heart. Rob focuses his attention on finding the Captain's family to return a family photograph, and hopes in turn to calm his own mind.
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I have seen it criticised in being unoriginal with giving us the reasons why Rob went to war. I agree but then Geras is only telling the truth, these men and boys went to war thinking it would be short, they were fighting for King and Country and would return as heroes. They were of course heroes, but we shall never forget that so many didn't return and it was anything but a short war.
One reviewer criticised the staccato sentences, and to be fair they are short and this can be a little off putting. However all the Quick Reads I have read have been written in this style and once you find the rhythm it's not a problem. Also the books are written as easy reads. Quick Reads sets out to dispel the myth that books are boring, difficult, itimidating or a novel is too long. It is as simple as "getting people to read."
Despite it only being 78 pages, Geras manages beautifully to capture the character of Rob and the rest of the cast, the details of his mask and the city where he lives. This is heart-warming story with an uplifting ending.
Creative Blessings. x