Day

Day

eBook - 2008
Average Rating:
1
Rate this:

In 1939, Alfred Day had wanted war. And when he got it, he found purpose in its turmoil: he found his proper role as tail-gunner in a Lancaster bomber; he found the wild, dark fellowship of his crew; and -- most extraordinary of all -- he found Joyce, a woman to love. But now, that's all gone: the war took it away. And maybe the war has taken him away, too.

Before Hitler and the bombs, Alfred was a boy in Staffordshire, helpless to defend his mother and resist his abusive father. The RAF gave him order, skills, another family, a way to be a man. It taught him how to burn through lifetimes on night ops and brief, sweet leaves, surviving. But it didn't prepare him for capture, for prison camp and chaos as the war wound down. And it certainly didn't prepare him for an empty peace. So, in 1949, Alfred winds back time to see where he lost himself as an extra in a POW film -- and begins to do what he's never dared -- to remember.

In Day, A. L. Kennedy has crafted a superb novel about the brutal simplicities of war and the complexities of human emotion. Above all, Day is wonderful storytelling: the freight of history and humanity carried effortlessly by the beauty of the writing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
ISBN: 9781770891210
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: eBiblioFile
OverDrive, Inc

Related Resources


Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

u
uncommonreader
Apr 12, 2013

Costa Prize winner. Excellent. This novel tells the story of a young working class lad who becomes a gunner in WW II. Here he finds comradeship, meaning and a sense of family which he never experienced before. He is shot down and becomes a prisoner of war. In 1949 he participates as an extra in a film about the war as a way of going back to find where he lost himself. It is a novel of remembering and hope which is extremely well-written.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at MPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top