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The Last Bookshop in London: A Novel of World War II (edição 2021)

por Madeline Martin (Autor)

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Título:The Last Bookshop in London: A Novel of World War II
Autores:Madeline Martin (Autor)
Informação:Hanover Square Press (2021), Edition: Original, 320 pages
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I like bookshops. I have not gotten tired of heroic WW2 survival stories. This book combines those two preferences. It was fairly predictable. A young woman, Grace Bennett, moves to London with her best friend just as England is gearing up for the German invasion. Their timing is odd and despite involved explanations, not very believable. Grace finds a position in a small bookshop with a curmudgeon of an owner. I was initially frustrated that Grace was so ignorant of literature and uninterested in the contents of the products she was trying to sell. It took quite a long time for her to actually open a book to read it. ( I felt I would do better to reread The Book Thief) Once she realizes the value of good literature, events proceed as expected through the Blitz.

Grace volunteers as an air raid warden throughout the Blitz. There are horrific descriptions of destruction and death, but somehow the character responses all seem flat and according to formula. Also, this was what my mother would have called, with approval, a ‘clean’ love story. Grace has only one or two conversations with her love interest before he goes off to war. I really couldn’t see how such a platonic acquaintance could result in a marriage proposal at the end of hostilities. Is there a genre of ‘cosy’ war stories? If there is, this book belongs on the list. It was a pleasant enough story, but I’m already forgetting the details. ( )
  msjudy | Oct 16, 2021 |
The title made me want to read this: a story based on true events about a bookshop.

It begins with two best friends that head off with excitement to London from the countryside to get a job. Grace's mother had died and now she's staying with her mother's best friend, Mrs. Weatherford in 1939. Sadly, her Uncle Horace owned her family home which he took over when her mother died. With his wife and five children, there was no room for Grace.

Mrs. Weatherford was very kind and helped Grace find a job at Primrose Hill Books working for Mr. Evans. Grace had experience working in a retail shop for years but had no time to read books. She was nervous that this would be an overwhelming challenge. Yet, even though Mr. Evans was a little grumpy, she ended up loving the bookstore. Sadly, it wasn't long before the Germans started bombing the city which changed everything.

There was so much pain from WWII as revealed in parts of the book. People died on the streets. Kids lost their parents. Men that served often didn't come back. Shops and homes were destroyed with the bombs. Food was rationed. And people felt guilty for small pleasures of dancing when so many were suffering.

The book held my interest with the plot centered on books. The characters were likable and made me appreciate a community of neighbors that were willing to help each other to rebuild. Of course, it also pointed out the importance of books that helped during stressful times. ( )
  Jacsun | Oct 5, 2021 |
Near the beginning of this book, the heroine confesses that she doesn't really read and I immediately thought: I'm not going to get along with this character. Thankfully, this is a story of discovering reading and how literature can bring people together and help one get through a difficult time. Propelled by her new job in a bookshop in the early days of WWII, the heroine discovers the magic of books and soon finds herself providing readings to her London neighbors when they take shelter together from frequent air raids. Overall, this makes for a nice story, although plenty of descriptions of destructive bombings are included. I'd recommend this book to those who enjoy stories about books and fans of WWII historical fiction. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Aug 12, 2021 |
Decent story, but had the bones of a great story. ( )
  cfk | Aug 4, 2021 |
Listened to this on audio. It was excellent. Great narration, writing, story and characters. Really well done. ( )
  Tosta | Jul 30, 2021 |
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