Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

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Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

Kingdom by the Sea (Essential Modern Classics) (Collins Modern Classics)

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I wish I’d read this book when I was a lot younger, it has the power to really change a younger one’s view of what we have and what we don’t always have. He begins by living under a boat on the beach at Newcastle for a few days, and eventually works his way up the coast to Lindisfarne--living hand to mouth, making it. Together the boy and his new companion leave town and travel up the coast toward the holy island of Lindisfarne. Twelve-year-old Harry struggles to make it on his own after his family is lost in a German air raid. He likes his towns and villages grand or at least graceful, but barring very rare instances, his sense of wonder is reserved for the world of nature - and those fleeting instances when a scene of beauty is caught like an intense illumination, when a momentary arrangement of the world seen form a particular angle is captured with perfect clarity, vivid and unforgettable.

I believe this book is based in part on Westall's own childhood memories of the war growing up in South Shields area. It was both interesting and often humorous to hear what Paul thought of various places within the UK, its people included. After eleven years living as an American in London, Paul Theroux set out to travel clockwise round the coast and find out what Britain and the British are really like.

This one passes over the UK, quite quickly, but paints a nice picture of the state of the coastal area. This site has an archive of more than one thousand seven hundred interviews, or eight thousand book recommendations.

While he was traveling during the 80s, I can definitely say that some of the places he described either aren't that way now, or weren't given a fair shake. He's scathing, ironic, judgemental without spelling the judgements out and very, very choosy about the human creations too.That was all Harry had time to notice; he had his own job; the two objects laid ready in the chair by the door. He wants to discover the real Britain, so travels mostly by walking or using the train and talks to people he meets along the way.

He saw it as a society with tribal instincts, tribal warfare, tribal kinships, and a sense of isolation that inspired suspicion and generosity toward strangers. It was 1982, the summer of the Falklands War, the ideal time, he found, to surprise the British into talking about themselves. I have read Paul Theroux’s travel articles in “Smithsonian” magazine, but confess to never having read his fiction.I remember it being the first book that I got completely lost in and couldn't stop thinking about for a long while afterwards. He went through another gate, over the top of another air-raid shelter, through a hedge that scratched him horribly … on, and on, and on. I started this as an audiobook but that just didn't work; I wanted to check maps to follow all the places author was visiting. It was not a question of seismic shocks, but rather a steadier kind of erosion -- like the seemingly changeless and consoling tide, in which there was always, in its push and pull, slightly more loss than gain. The author weaves some interesting social history into the story but it is the boy himself who really captures the reader's interest as he steadily becomes more independent and confident, learning from the experiences he has and the people he meets.

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