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31 August 2012 @ 10:55 am
nearly wordless recommendation  
I read Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein yesterday, and after I'd mopped up the tears, I realized that I wanted to recommend this fierce, beautiful, touching, and surprisingly even funny book to people, but I had no idea how to talk about it or what to say. I managed to read a review of it in Horn Book, of all places, that spoiled some of the developments for me, so I didn't want to do that, and I didn't want to simply parrot a bunch of commonplaces about WWII stories, and I didn't want to downplay how painful the book could be in favor of talking about the friendship between the two main characters, even though for me that's one of the things that makes the book stand out...

So here. I read Code Name Verity yesterday. You should read it too.
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melancholy in the rainliseuse on September 1st, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
I confess to being a little trepiditious about it - my family is all from Manchester and I have read many novels by Americans where the speech patterns have all been subtly wrong, and it has thrown me out of the novel somewhat. But, all the reviews I have read have been rave ones - albeit much like this one where it is "read it! it's awesome! I ... can say no more without spoiling you!"

Oh, the Lymond books are very fun and good! A friend basically thrust the first two into my hands and told me to go away and not come back until I had read the first one. Which I did. In a very short space of time. I think they are all available on Kindle.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on September 1st, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
Ah, that makes sense! I wouldn't know how accurate Wein was with regard to speech patterns, unfortunately, so I can't assuage your anxiety on that score. I myself am terrified of trying to write characters from different areas, precisely because of the possibility of screwing things up. This is a problem, because I'd *like* to write about unfamiliar places, someday, but I don't think I have a good ear...
melancholy in the rainliseuse on September 1st, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
I am fairly inconsistent with my critiquing of British accents/speech patterns in fiction. Mostly, if it's set in the North I will get grouchy if it's wrong - because that is where I am from, and where I identify with being from - but I will let it slide unless it is truly horrible if it is southern. I am probably a bad person for this.

tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on September 1st, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
Nah - that seems perfectly reasonable to me! We all care more about the stuff that's closest to us.
melancholy in the rainliseuse on September 26th, 2012 11:15 am (UTC)
I read Code Name Verity last night, and oh my heart!.
tempestsarekind: bananas are goodtempestsarekind on September 26th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad you liked it!
melancholy in the rainliseuse on September 26th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
So good! I am still all full of feelings, and liable to well up a bit at the thought of it.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on September 26th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
I went to an author event the other evening for another YA author who mentioned the book, and several people in the audience (myself included) made these odd little appreciative yet slightly heartbroken noises in response! It certainly seems to have touched a chord.

Speaking personally, I cried the most at the letter from Julie's mother at the end. Oof.