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This novel takes up where Bragg's The Soldier's Return left off, following the lives of the Richardson family from 1947 to the mid-1950s. The family is forever altered by the father's return from WWII....

Title : A Son of War
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ISBN : 9781559707206
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 426 Pages
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A Son of War Reviews

  • Kingfan30
    2019-06-03 22:01

    I've not read the first one, and I'm not sure how this one ended up with me. If I'm honest, I wasn't keen on the writing style, it seemed to flit about a bit too much, maybe if I'd read the first one it may of helped. On the plus side it was a interesting look at how life changes after you've come back from war, although this was a more gentle version compared to some of the stories you hear of how people copped.

  • Anne
    2019-06-15 04:04

    Very slow reading. Life in a small town after World War II concentrating on lives of a family. This book just dragged on, and I was bored. Would not recommend unless you are a big Melvyn Bragg fan.

  • Gwen Wilson
    2019-05-28 21:58

    I have not read The Soldier's Return. If I had, perhaps I would have rated this higher. As a standalone book, many times I had the sensation I was reading the author's childhood memoir. It is a beautifully written meander through reminiscences of boyhood to adolescence told in vignettes, and we get to know the characters who populate Joe's life, and their various challenges in coping with life after the war. Some sections, despite the wonderful prose, were so detailed they slowed the pace to a point where I may have put the book aside for another time, and I had to push myself to continue. Ultimately, we are introduced to an inner conflict that is never revealed, and then the book ends.

  • Andrew
    2019-06-04 23:03

    Whilst this was an excellently written book, as are all of the books that I have read by Melvyn Bragg, it didn't enthrall me. However, I did enjoy it and it was probably his excellent writing that kept me going. I hope there will be a sequel because it left a lot of loose ends by the time I finished. Joe, Sam's boy has a lot of troubles to conquer, still not too sure whether his problems are caused by his upbringing - Sam a scarred war veteran and Ellen his mother, who isn't sure of where she came from, or it's just a troubled lad in a small English town in the north. Perhaps it's a bit of both. Sam seems to have found peace at last in the Blackamoor pub and although the scars of war never go away, they are fading somewhat. I must re-read the prior book, The Soldier's Return as it has been some years since I read it and it will probably give me some insights into this book.

  • Dale
    2019-06-17 03:02

    #2 in this series; J. Thomas 2015 recommendation; 2nd in the series of three (3) from the English author; this one covering the years 1947-1954, where the son (Joe) of Sam & Ellen becomes (by American standards) a high school graduate in the end. The first part of the book is about Sam, a veteran who jumped off the train just prior to re-enlistment, “finds himself” by eventually buying a bar and moving the family overhead. The second half of the book, deals more with Joe’s adolescent struggles (there are many). The very last chapters deal with Ellen’s discovery of why Ellen’s father had left the family and Ellen’s undisclosed discovery of where her estranged father is buried (this part of Ellen’s history to the best of my recollection has not henceforth been developed). 2001 hardback gift for ’15 Christmas from our daughter; 426 pgs.; 4 out of 5 stars; finished Jan. 15, 2016/#5

  • Kris McCracken
    2019-05-24 23:57

    The second of the trilogy, it continues the tale of seemingly insignificant lives that encompasses the broader issues of faith, courage, endurance and aspiration. There is a shift in focus from the first book, away from Sam to his wife and son, with Bragg entering into the hearts and minds of his characters, exploring their milieu. For mine, it lacks the poignancy of the first book, perhaps as the pacing of the narrative is far more irregular than The Soldier's Return, this is perhaps understandable as the central focus becomes Joe (Sam's son) and his reflections upon his parents and their relationship. Yet it remains a warm and engaging book, telling a familiar take in a sympathetic, leisurely and believable manner. Very much recommended, essential if you have read the first.

  • Kim
    2019-05-31 23:09

    Another excellent tale, this is the second book in the Richardson trilogy, following on from 'The Soldier's Return'. Sam Richardson is settling in to life back in the Cumbrian town of Wigton, having returned from fighting the Japanese in Burma in WW2. The book is a great tale of a family - Sam, his wife Ellen and son Joe - trying to re-establish themselves and their relationships. There are no murders, car crashes, villains etc., just a great tale of families coping with day-to-day situations in the late 1940s-early 1950s, told from the point of view of all three characters. Another great piece of writing from Mr Bragg - really enjoyed it - 8/10.

  • Dora Okeyo
    2019-05-31 01:51

    I liked reading this book, and I will give two reasons why1. Sam's boy- Joe- is quite the troublemaker- and you cannot help but wonder whether it is because his Father just returned from War- or his mother, Ellen, seems to be confused all the time and eager to please- but his adventures with Speed are quite interesting.2. The ease of language makes this book quite interesting. You keep reading wondering what will become of Sam and his family.One thing is for sure Sam is never the same- not after the war and nothing would erase the memories and his experience in the battlefield.

  • Tito Quiling, Jr.
    2019-06-16 20:51

    Having a decent amount of preference for wartime works, I thought that the first few chapters were still setting the mood, the tone, and the background of the narrative, but 10 chapters on and the story had moved only an eighth as I saw it. But I trudged on as the characters wove through one another's life in a sleepy town during the war. Its one of those books that I was glad to have finished, not because I enjoyed it, but leaving a title unfinished leaves a bad taste, and so I opted to continue all the way to the end, despite the long, dragging, storytelling.

  • Random
    2019-06-11 04:02

    Well written, but too much colloquial usage. Long and slow; not as interesting as the first book, The Soldier's Return. A strong point is that the central characters continue to doubt the pivotal decisions made at the end of the first book - a nice touch of realism rarely found in fiction. In following that reality too far, the author fails to resolve some of the inner conflicts that arise in this book (what's wrong with Joe) - not satisfying.

  • Ciaran Mcfadden
    2019-06-03 20:58

    Decent book, but for me not as good as the first.Well written, as one would expect from Melvyn Bragg, but tends to drag in places and at times it's hard to relate to some of the characters.Worth reading and I'll probably buy the follow up.

  • Colette Brennan
    2019-05-19 02:56

    Very enjoyable sequel following the lives of the Richardson family as they try to overcome the devastating effects of WW2 on their lives.

  • Joy
    2019-06-11 22:11

    Second installment of a literary saga on post WWII; good, depressing

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    2019-05-27 21:46


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