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Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Michael Morpurgo

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Title:Private Peaceful
Authors:Michael Morpurgo
Info:Harpercollins Childs (2004), Paperback, 192 pages
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Tags:WW1, war, family, disability, love, guilt, grief

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Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo (2003)



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This is a novel of two halves. The first half covers the lives of the young Peaceful brothers in pre-First World War Devon (the author revealed in an afterword that there really was a family of brothers surnamed Peacefull (sic) who fought and in some cases died in the war). The second half is about the experiences of Charlie and Tommo at the front. Much of the narrative is quite matter of fact in its descriptions of what they are going through, while still giving a good feel for the hardships of serving in the trenches. The last chapter is extremely moving and tragic. A good read. ( )
  john257hopper | Nov 13, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this short novel about a soldier in the first world war. The truth is this, it's a spoiler so look away now! he has a brother who is about to be shot for insubordination. Of course, the brother did nothing wrong, in fact did the army a favor. Instead he was shot. The younger brother tells us a moving tale of his childhood, mixed with the hardness of the war. Definitely worth a read. ( )
  Rosenstern | Mar 12, 2015 |
I re-read this book because I think it is absolutely stunning! So emotional and quite fitting as it is 100 years from WW1... ( )
  KatherineB729 | Jan 16, 2015 |
  mrsforrest | Oct 15, 2014 |
Michael Morpugo did a fantastic job describing what Tommy Peaceful (the main character) felt while during his war time.

I like when he specified his emotions, like "And it was anger I was drowning, not just sorrows: anger at Charlie For abandoning me, anger that he was to see Molly and home, and that I was not.

This details of actual peoples thoughts during war, keeps the flow of the book going and really illustrates his thoughts on people who have been in wars.

Another example I like is " Then on a bellowed command we threw ourselves face down and crawled on through the long grass", which describes what the soldiers were doing in training.

I would prefer this book to anyone who likes adventure with specific details that put you in that characters position. ( )
  thanie | Oct 3, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439636531, Mass Market Paperback)

From the Children's Laureate of England, a stunning novel of the First World War, a boy who is on its front lines, and a childhood remembered. Includes After Words bonus features.

As the enemy lurks in the darkness, Thomas struggles to stay awake through the night. He has lived through the terror of gas attacks and watched friends die by his side. But in the morning, Thomas will be forced to confront an even greater horror.
As the minutes tick by, Thomas remembers his childhood spent deep in the countryside with his mother, his brothers, and Molly, the love of his life. But each minute that passes brings Thomas closer to something he can't bear to to think about--the moment when the war and its horrific consequences will change his life forever.

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When Thomas Peaceful's older brother is forced to join the British Army, Thomas decides to sign up as well, although he is only fourteen years old, to prove himself to his country, his family, his childhood love, Molly, and himself.

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