¶ Dawn of Fear ☆ Download by µ Susan Cooper I thought I should read some of Cooper s other books, besides The Dark is Rising series This was really good It mostly just goes along, tra la, slice of wartime life, and then the ending really got me So well done.
I found this book to be very unappealing First it was dry and didn t have anything that hooked me right away Second, there was some awfulness that just seemed to grow and grow without much resolution And yes, I do understand that most WWII books touch on terrible things, there always seems to be some light thrown in as well at least for kids books but this was just lacking Pure darkness with no redemption or explanation for its place in the story I would not recommend.
Derek And His Friends, Living Outside Of London During World War II, Find Plenty Of Opportunities To Explore Bomb Craters, Collect Shrapnel, And Identify The Fighter Planes That Fly Overhead When A Bomb Hits Close To School, Causing Classes To Be Canceled, The Boys Are Overjoyed They Can Spend The Day Building Their Secret Camp But When Their Work On The Camp Is Sabotaged, A Tough Neighboring Gang Is To Blame A Violent Clash With The Rival Gang Followed By A Long Night Of Bombing Close At Hand Change Forever Derek S Feelings About The War Aspects of this were interesting about air raid shelters for example and Susan Cooper writes very rounded and emotionally believable boys Whether I entirely want to believe them is another matter The book s main view of masculinities was very problematic for all that it was at least plural and relied pretty heavily on both heterosexuality and misogyny The portrayal of grief was pretty well depicted for all that the entire book read as a sort of stretched out short story but maybe that s what children s books used to becertainly I didn t mind the lack of cliff hangers Best to remember how dated it is when reading this one I think.
DNF did not finish I started reading this AGES ago I was pretty young at the time but I couldn t get into it and it was dark and depressing It s a fictionalized semi autobiography of the author s experiences as a child during the bombing of London in WWII, so, obviously horrific, the so because it s largely true For those interested in such things they might find it interesting But it doesn t seem like it s for children, to me anyway, and I don t know, it just wasn t for me I guess I glanced at the end and it looked pretty sad so I decided not to finish.
Not rating it since I didn t read the whole thing.
Susan Cooper always writes well This is one of her deceptively simple books On the face of it the story is an uncomplicated children s story, but it is, as the title suggests, about learning what fear really is For Derek and his friends, Peter and Geoffrey, think the war is, as Derek s father said of their attitude Just a great game They continue to build their den, go to school, fight off the neighbouring street s children who destroy their den, and wonder, for there are undercurrents they sense the grown ups know about Even the nightly air raids are adventures, not seriously scary Over the nine busy days of the story Derek changes from the boy who thinks war is exciting, who collects shrapnel and enjoys watching the dog fights, to one who understands war as destruction and death Susan Cooper s skills turn this difficult subject int Young Derek is trying to grow up during the bombing of London He learns lessons about sacrifice and fear in a world we can t control Overall, I was disapointed in this book I never fell in love with the characters because they just never revealed themselves to me The author tries to throw in some deepness at the end of the book, but it s too little too late An extra thing, the artwork on the cover does not happen in the book, which I found interesting since I found the book to be a let down when it came to substance.
As with other older treatments of childhood in World War II such as Carrie s War , this book focuses on the day to day perspective of the children themselves and doesn t load onto the children insights and political views that they would very probably not have had Nor does it set out to teach readers about rationing etc It is just a story set in a particular time and place which is why it is so powerful The three boys in this novel are highly convincing, including the ambivalent relationship of Derek and Geoffrey Their daily comings and goings and excitement about the barrage balloons and days off school feel real, as does the occasional awareness of the danger of the war The climax of the novel is stark and offers the reader no
It has been a long time since I picked up a Susan Cooper book, the last being Over Sea, Under Stone I thought Dawn of Fear was a wonderful story, partly autobiographical, in which Cooper follows the story of three friends who live under the constant threat of Nazi invasion The story is set within the streets, homes and wilderness around the town within which they live and follows the boys exploits as they go about creating their own shelter to protect themselves from the bombing What struck me was how insightful Cooper s writing and observations of childhood were I caught myself thinking that the way the boys acted, the reasons why and the thoughts that Derek, the main character, has seemed right These are considerations that I had not re I read Susan Cooper s fantasy series, The Dark is Rising sequence, as a teenager, but don t remember if I ever read Dawn of Fear At any rate, for some reason I kept this very slim volume when the Dark is Rising novels went to the charity shop Having read it again now, I rather regret giving away the other books.
Dawn of Fear is the story of three fairly ordinary schoolboys who happen to be growing up at a very extraordinary time Cooper draws on her own experiences of the 1939 1945 war and is very good at capturing the way it has distorted these children s sense of normality air raids are tinged with excitement rather than fear, older teenagers going off to fight are hero worshipped, games and fantasies revolve around weapons, ambushes and secret camps Yet as the War draws closer to them, the children start to see terrifying glimpses