Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne

Stay Where You Are And Then LeaveReceived this book courtesy of a Goodreads Giveaway

This is one of those wonderful rarities – a book written for children but best enjoyed by adults.

The book is told from the perspective of Alfie, a young boy whose father goes away to war.  It is a story of a childhood disrupted by war and a small boy trying to discover the truth about his father.

What makes it so beautiful, and so tragic, is the juxtaposition of Alfie’s childhood innocence and the things that we as readers know 100 years later.  The ending is very bittersweet – whilst it is by all accounts mostly a happy ending, even if Alfie’s childhood friend is moving back to Prague and his father will never be quite the same, we know that in a few years World War II will breakout.

Book: 4*

Cover: 4*

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