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Life An Exploded Diagram Can love survive a lifetime With its urgent sense of history sweeping emotion and winning young narrator Mal Peet s latest is an unforgettable timely exploration of life during wartime Can love su

  • Title: Life: An Exploded Diagram
  • Author: Mal Peet
  • ISBN: 9780763652272
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Life: An Exploded Diagram By Mal Peet, Can love survive a lifetime With its urgent sense of history, sweeping emotion, and winning young narrator, Mal Peet s latest is an unforgettable, timely exploration of life during wartime.Can love survive a lifetime When working class Clem Ackroyd falls for Frankie Mortimer, the gorgeous daughter of a wealthy local landowner, he has no hope that it can After all, the wCan love survive a lifetime With its urgent sense of history, sweeping emotion, and winning young narrator, Mal Peet s latest is an unforgettable, timely exploration of life during wartime.Can love survive a lifetime When working class Clem Ackroyd falls for Frankie Mortimer, the gorgeous daughter of a wealthy local landowner, he has no hope that it can After all, the world teeters on the brink of war, and bombs could rain down any minute over the bleak English countryside just as they did seventeen years ago as his mother, pregnant with him, tended her garden This time, Clem may not survive Told in cinematic style by acclaimed writer Mal Peet, this brilliant coming of age novel is a gripping family portrait that interweaves the stories of three generations and the terrifying crises that define them With its urgent sense of history, sweeping emotion, and winning young narrator, Mal Peet s latest is an unforgettable, timely exploration of life during wartime.

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    1. Onvan Life An Exploded Diagram Nevisande Mal Peet ISBN 076365227X ISBN13 9780763652272 Dar 416 Safhe Saal e Chap 2011

    2. This book sounded fascinating and I thought the idea was interesting and innovative and something I have never read in a YA novel But then eh.I ll start with the things I liked As Clem told the story of his grandma, his mother and father and then himself, the narration was dripping with delightful colloquialisms, humorous anecdotes and was, all in all, quintessentially British In these sections Clem was a great narrator, telling his story of growing up with hindsight and peppering it with numero [...]

    3. Breaking my Book Review Silence to say that I love this book, and also that it has made me sob a lot during the last 20 pages, making a change from making me laugh a lot for the greater part of the book.I love this book for many ridiculous and possibly wrong reasons, thusly Mal Peet and I share the distinction of having our books Life An Exploded Diagram and Code Name Verity named as the two Boston Globe Horn Book Award Honor Books in the fiction category this year the overall award winner is Vo [...]

    4. Before I begin I must first quote Clem and ask you to bear with me while I describe it Or try to describe it My hobbling and pigeon toed prose can t do it justice, I know that Now, to the review Norfolk, 1962 It s a hot summer during the Cold War Clem, a working class boy from a council estate, and Frankie, the daughter of a wealthy landowner, are conducting a furtive and high risk relationship Meanwhile, the world s superpowers are moving towards nuclear confrontation With the Cuban Missile Cri [...]

    5. The front flap says this is Mal Peet s most ambitious project yet, and it s true, this book is ambitious It covers over 100 years of history, attempts to clarify one of the confusing experiences of the Cold War, mixes in some misplaced religious ecstasy, shoots us forward to the defining moment of this century so far, all the while focused on two kids who just want to have sex.If you can stick with it, it s worth it I get that this is classified as a young adult novel, but it s one of the few I [...]

    6. A working class boy and an upper crust girl fall in love in the shadow of the Cuban Missile crisis.In between chapters of Clem and Frankie racing to get their rocks off before the bombs start falling, and hilariously acute looks at Soviet and American strategic command, this book hares off down threads of lives connected to the leads, showing what was really at stake from a nuclear apocalypse A masterpiece, and I don t say that a lot.

    7. Check this review out and others on my blog Get Real.This one started off interestingly enough but rapidly disintegrated during the second half in a trajectory not unlike the nuclear fallout feared by the characters in this book Good historical fiction focuses on the human condition whether universally or within the context of the time discussed , using a particular time or event as a backdrop See Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt Bad historical fiction reads like a surreal text book, dry and inaccur [...]

    8. i read this book because Elizabeth Wein told me to she says in her blog that this book is much like Code Name Verity and if you have paid any attention at all to my reviews and updates in the last few months no reason why you should have, but just in case , you know that Code Name Verity is my current and sole obsessionis book was unengaging to me until about half way through it s brilliantly written and fabulous in all sorts of ways including its sense of place, so, if you are english and come [...]

    9. I have stated before that I dislike historical fiction that packs too much factual information like it s trying to disguise the fact it s trying to teach you something within the story of characters and their relationships and emotions This book seems to gleefully do just this There are substantial sections, maybe a quarter or of the book, are accounts of WWII officers, and later and importantly of Kennedy, Kruschev, and their staff dealing with the Cuban Missile Crisis But I really ENJOYED th [...]

    10. Our small, intimate, precisely known and closely bounded lives play out against the massive sweep of history that filtering of the everyday that pulls some events and personalities into a narrative that gets passed onwards.Every so often, we feel our little lives play out against, intersect with, even shape, that narrative We might be involved in the events we may even be those personalities Sometimes, we suddenly notice history happening we can t rip our eyes away from the tv screen as a man jo [...]

    11. Recap Several generations of loveless or at least romance less marriages Star crossed young lovers The Cuban Missile Crisis Our world on the brink of destruction A look at the role both politics and religion play in the end of the world Some pretty life changing explosionsReview Oh, what to say about Life An Exploded DiagramIt has received all kinds of glowing reviews It bested Patrick Ness s A Monster Calls in the first round of the BOB.Author Mal Peet excelled in revealing a very specific worl [...]

    12. There are good story tellers, there are eloquent writers and sometimes there are those few who have the talent to deliver both Mal Peet has the ability to grasp the most complex concepts and distil them into a form that is immediately understood but not dismissed Peet s turn of phrase and descriptive narrative is to be savoured and the unfolding story he tells is thought provoking and full of so many unexpected twists and turns that the reader is constantly wondering what is going to be around t [...]

    13. Well So that s how you want to write your book, eh shakes head Ohhhhh kay 2.5 stars Vague spoilers ahead This is the story of a life lived 1943 2001, plus some genealogical background and it s an anti war book It follows on the one hand, Clem, and on the other hand, the Cuban Missile Crisis in the main and various other wars and their effects And it cheaply ends on 9 11, which really, you probably shouldn t do.I kept thinking, gee, these two story lines are going to intersect in some amazing way [...]

    14. Life An Unexploded Diagram is not a book that is not necessarily easy to get in to The beginning is gripping, the writing flawlessly beautiful and the story fascinating yet it takes time for the book to unfold as a complete work The narrative structure can seem clunky at times and the plot takes a while to come together However, Mal Peet has created one of those rare stories where, while enjoyable throughout, it is impossible to see the true genius of the work until you turn the last page at whi [...]

    15. It had the kind of writing I loved to savor The story was deep and layered and quietly explosive Coupling a love story with the Cuban Missile Crisis was the sort of ballsy genius few could pull off bringing together these opposites, forbidden young love and a potential world annihilation, seems thoroughly random But then Peet beautifully, simply and astonishingly draws the parallels that, once revealed, are so obvious, you wonder how you never made the connection before.To be frank, this story h [...]

    16. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Tamar, I was eager to read Mal Peet s latest The writing is just as crisp and sharp, a wonderful depiction of Clem s young life and his first love, and the wonder of discovering sexual attraction against a backdrop of wartime rural Norfolk and vividly drawn schooldays There s a good measure of humour, and aching moments of sadness Then the exploded diagram brings in the world situation with a look at JFK and other protagonists during the Cuban missile crisis An [...]

    17. This is one of the best books I ve ever read It is both simple and deeply complex The backdrop of the unfolding nuclear confrontation between Russia and America in Cuba acts as a metaphor for Clem and Frankie s relationship By training my the reader s eye on the potential apocalypse, I felt Clem and Frankie s closeness that their relationship was this hugely big thing, on par with apocalypse And that is how I remember feeling when I was a teenager in love like we ll explode at any moment, that w [...]

    18. Wow This one had me at Ruth Ackroyd was in the garden checking the rhubarb when the RAF Spitfire accidentally shot her chimney pot to bits the opening sentence , tightened its hold with Washing blew on the line tea towels, Ruth s yellowish vests, her mother s bloomer ballooned by the wind, their elasticated leg holes pouting p 2 , and didn t let go until that final, breathtaking, impossibly amazing moment Which I will not describe to you because you should read this book Cannot wait to learn ab [...]

    19. I just loved this As a young child in the 60s I had a plan in my small rural NZ village to hide in my wardrobe if the Russian soldiers came I remember trying to understand the seriousness of the Cuban Missile Crisis and this book captures it beautifully I know it is supposed to be for young adults but I think this book delivers equally to adults There are so many strong, real characters and although one could argue that the extended history lessons, albeit told through the eyes of Clem, the teen [...]

    20. I thought this would be a long way from 5 stars when I began the story But I was captured by the painful and beautiful teenage love story of Clem and Francoise Frankie and how hard it was to be alone in 1962 Mal Peet mangages to interweave their story with that of Kennedy and Kruschev and the Cuban Missile Crisis Clever, wistful and moving.

    21. The most enjoyable book I have read this year I wouldn t classify it as Young Adult, it is just a cracking novel, written in language that is a delight to read.

    22. This didn t quite make enough of an impact on me for the full 5 stars but damn, what a good book.Edit nah, I think it deserves the full 5.

    23. I have owned this book for an eternity, and I m so happy that I finally read it I m so proud of myself So This book was fabulously written The format, the research, and the actual writing itself were all just fantastic I was so impressed with how the story was woven together, especially since I want to be a writer myself The story is brutally realistic Personally, I like books with lots of happiness and love, and while a romantic relationship is the primary focus of this book, that romantic, fl [...]

    24. 4.5 stars I loved this book If I taught high school English, I would make it the focus of a unit Except that it doesn t feel like a high schooler s book It s too slowly paced and nuanced, and too steeped in the melancholy of age for high schoolers to appreciate But boy is it clever I can think of at least 4 different themes that unfold in parallel over the path of this story coming of age, war and its weapons, sentimentality, and The End of the World I m sure there are others art, landscape, get [...]

    25. OK so I m not a young adult by any stretch of the imagination, but my 13 year old recommended it to me, and I throroughly enjoyed it The timespan it covers is before my time I m younger than the characters and older than the audience but I can relate to the themes, having grown up a decade after the events in the book were happening with nuclear weapons being a real threat to our lives and the idea of our little lives happening within the context of grand events that impinge and affect our actio [...]

    26. Well, this one s going to be a bit tricky to write and not because I hated, or I loved it But possibly both At the same time All at once Let me explain.When I first read about this one, well, to say I was intrigued was an understatement Code Name Verity had given me an appetite for some exquisitely written twentieth century historical YA fiction and the political angle of this one got my attention, being in the possession of a politics degree myself although I have never actually used it from t [...]

    27. I decided to read this book because my Mum had been bugging me to read it for about a million years I was on holiday, I was bored and I desperately wanted something to read I had tried to open the book and begin to read a couple of times, but was always distracted or found I had something else to do I thought for some strange reason this book would be boring maybe it was the cover I was so, so wrong The category this book completes is a book recommended by a member of your family I am so glad my [...]

    28. Life An Exploded Diagram is a coming of age story set in rural North Norfolk during the Cold War These two things alone made it a bit of a must read for me Having never read an Mal Peet I wasn t sure what to expect but I can honestly say I really enjoyed it.Life is one of those books you can devour in a matter of hours despite its size at just about 400 pages long it is a bit of a monster I was totally engrossed and found myself just wanting to read and to find out what happened next.As I said [...]

    29. I absolutely loved this book and was sad to be finished with it last night The writing is really amazing, and I found myself rereading sections just to appreciate the words and ideas over again.Although I loved it completely, it may not be for everyone I think the main problem younger readers might have with this is the British dialect The story begins during WW2 in an English village, and when the characters converse, it s with a heavy local dialect I could almost always discern what they were [...]

    30. Life an Exploded Diagram is transcendent It is beyond It is a book that should not be shelved under YA fiction, it is not a book that should be read solely by one demographic In a very quiet way, this book is one of the best I ve read this year But it s not easy It is reminiscent of Brideshead Revisited and Flambards and When the Wind Blows, with a plot that sprawls cinematically through a good few years, countries and perspectives and because of that self aware scope, it s not easy to get into [...]

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