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I Had Seen Castles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    "I Had Seen Castles" is one of my favorite books. I h

    "I Had Seen Castles" is one of my favorite books. I have given dozens of copies as gifts and received unanimous raves in return from adults as well as adolescents. In under 100 pages readers walk a lifetime with John Dante, from idealistic 17-year-old boy to an adult recalling the youthful choices that shaped his life. A bittersweet, very well written, emotional and psychological story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2008

    Amazing Novel

    I honestly believe that this was one of the best books I have ever read. I would recommend it to everyone, not only to those that want to learn about WWII but honestly everyone. I read this for an english assignment and I had very low expectations but I must say I was wuite impressed with the novel. The imagery was outstanding, and I could not have asked for a better book to read. Read this book if you ever have time. It is only about 90 something pages and it is well worth your time. ENJOY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2002

    I Had Seen Castles

    I Had Seen Castles by Cynthia Rylant is a good book . It mixed love, and war in an absolutely brilliant way. It is about John Dante, 67, who recalls the summer of 1942, when he was 17 and caughtup in the fervor and excitement of World War II. He describes the changes war brings to his family and of that time period The book is about a young mans struggle to keep himself together in a truly chaotic time. John, the main character is 17, and lives in Pittsburgh during WWII. Angered by the attack on Pearl Harbor he feels its his duty to enlist upon turning 18, into the American army. While waiting to become an adult many things happen in his young life. His friends are dying, his father must leave to California to develop an atomic bomb, his homemaker mother takes a factory job, and his sister must go to live in Ohio because she is pregnant with a soldiers baby. In the mist of all this he meets a girl named Ginny. They start a relationship and fall in love. The only problem is that Ginny is against the war, and John cant wait to jump into it. But not wanting to be thought a coward John must go. During the end of the book john discovers that he is out of place in America and that he must go back to live in France where he fought one of his battlest. He then moves around to Greece and Britain and finally sets down in Toronto, Canada. I think this book is a very good one because it talked about how a mans life was affected during WW2. When I started reading I just couldn¿t put down the book. The good methods of foreshadowing and it being so interesting kept me reading on. 5 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2001

    Story of love and war

    Beautifully written story about love and war and the struggles that come between the two. The sad story of the boy who wanted to go to war so badly but ends up realizing that it was not worth it. Sad story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2001

    Jim's I Had Seen Castles Review

    This was a very good book. It was sort of a love story but it was more about a 17year old boy becoming a man by going in to war. He lost a lot of his family and friends to the war. He lost his dad because his dad had to move to California to work on a top-secret project. He ended up making the nuclear bomb that was droped on Hiroshima. Then he lost his sister because she got pregnant with a soldier that she was married to and was a shamed so she moved to Ohio. He lost his best friend when he died at war. Then he went to war. At war he saw something that he had always dreamed of seeing a castle. Then when he got home he lost his girlfriend. in conclusion this was a very powerful book. I recommend this to all people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2001

    I Had Seen Castles Review

    I enjoyed this book very much. On a scale of one through five, I would grade it as a Five. It kept me intrigued about what was going to happen next, and also it had historical accuracy. The book explained very well the effects the war had on John,the main character. During the war, Pittsburgh was a major industrial city. I attracted many people, because the coal mines and the steel industry offered many jobs. There was so much industry in and around the city of Pittsburgh that the pollution turned the air black.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2001

    I Had Seen Castles

    This is a very good book. It is kind of a love story but it is more about a 17-year-old kid growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This young man is losing his family and friends to the Holocaust. First he loses his dad because he has to go to California to work on a top-secret project. His dad turned out to be making the nuclear bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Then he lost his sister when she had to move to Ohio when she got pregnant with a dead man¿s baby. He lost his friends to war. Then he had to go to war. When he got back his girlfriend wasn¿t there. He went to war and became a man. This was a very powerful and good book.

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