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March 03, 2013

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Diane (bookchickdi)

While I did like the younger generation, I too wished to hear more about Alexandra and Charles especially. There were so many interesting characters, I feel like Rock could have gone on for 1000 pages to tell all of their stories.

As far as Albert, I think his proximity to Martin greatly influenced his decision. Thax admired Martin's work and saw how much of an influence Martin had on public opinion, he wanted to do something that relevant and going to Oxford wouldn't be as satisfying.

Martin's radio reports gave people the opportunity to hear the war for themselves, which made it that much more immediate to them. It reminded me of how TV changed Americans' view on the Vietnam war. Once the war was in our living rooms every night, we saw the horror for ourselves and questioned our involvement.

I think the trilogy discredits the romantic notions of war that people had. So many men came home with physical and emotional wounds visible to others after WWI, it's hard to romanticize that. It is interesting that the trilogy ends without much discussion of the horrors inflicted by the Nazis or the blitzkrieg of London; those two things reinforced the necessity of fighting Hitler.

Rock created a fascinating world in Abingdon Pryory; I was glad to get to know them all. Thanks for hosting this read along.

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