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Do The Birds Still Sing in Hell?
I can't stop raving about this book. It is simply the best book I have ever read (so far).
It tells the story of Horace 'Jim' Greasley who joins the war effort in 1939 and is captured by the Nazis and sent to a POW camp for the remainder of the war. Nothing exciting about that you may be saying to yourself; except for this, Horace Greasley escapes no fewer than 200 times to be with Rosa, a Silesian girl whom he meets whilst incarcerated.
This isn't just another war story. It is a love story, a story of comradeship, a story of loyalty and a story of sadness. Your emotions will be trampolined from joy to laughter to outright anger and to tears. You will not want to put this book down!
Some of the language used is quite coarse and so readers of a sensitive nature need to be aware. Personally, I didn't mind too much but even I was a little taken aback in parts. This, however, was wartime and was to be expected, and I thought it tied in very well with the story. Milder language, in my opinion, would have seemed out of place.
And I'm going to stick my neck out a little here (but I feel it is a safe bet). This book WILL be made into a film. Watch this space!
If you only read one book this year, make it this one. Few of you will be disappointed.