My February book for the Artful Reader's Club was
The Last Telegram by Liz Trenow,
read on my Kindle for 99p - a bargain for such a good book.
And for a bit of relevant history, this is the actual telegram that my mother received in 1942 when my father's ship was sunk in WW2 (but with the personal details blanked out).
- Um ..... um ........ um ...... um ..... can't think of any negatives
- I loved every page of this book, informative, emotional and true to life, well-paced, with believable characters, and very well written
- The WW2 background is about events I lived through, which gave it a special resonance for me, though the war is not the main focus.
- I learnt things I never knew, or things I hadn't realised or given thought to previously, so it kept my interest going all the way through
- Reduced to basics it's about silk, silk manufacture, love, prejudice against those who are 'different', and, I realised at the end, about how WW2 gave women the opportunity to move towards greater emancipation
- The silken thread that holds the story together is love of many kinds, including the tenderest of love stories whose quality pervades the whole of the book
- No romping, steamy sex passages, just a beautifully crafted story that rings true on every page
- As the end of the book approached the tears flowed fairly regularly, not really because the events were sad, but because of the tenderness with which the story is told
- I often find the conclusion of a book disappointing, but The Last Telegram sustained its quality right to the very last page, and the author's comments at the end were just as interesting
- Husband enjoyed it just as much
- I gained so much from reading it, and I hope you are encouraged to add it to your Wish List.
Such a full book that I wondered how I would find one image that picked out the central focus of the story for me.
As I finished the last page, this image jumped into my mind and I just drew it straight away.
I had to resist frequent temptations to 'improve' it
because it just felt 'right' to me.
Pitt Artist's Pen and Inktense Pencils