Friday, January 1, 2010
I really enjoyed this book because it does a good job presenting the situation at the time as well as depicting the fact that every day life does continue even during difficult times. Fergus's brother is in danger of dying in a protest, but he still has to study for his finals and practice for his driving test. He still forms a crush on the archaeologist's cute daughter. Life goes on, even in the midst of death. I also enjoy the parallel story of the bog child that is revealed through Fergus's dreams and the friendship he forges with a soldier for the other side. This book does not have any easy answers, and I love that. One thing that did bug me about the book is the fact that nothing is written in dialect except when the characters curse. I guess parents are less likely to object to fecking, but that seems like a cop out to me. If you don't want to write the dialogue in dialect so it's easier for kids to understand, fine, but be consistent with it. Still, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it, especially for its insights to a conflict that I think most American teenagers are largely ignorant of, and probably plenty of American adults as well.
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd ISBN: 9780385751698