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Torn Away

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2000

    I wasn`t really torn away

    Torn away is the sad story of a young irish freedom fighter, who had lost his family in the bloody Northern Ireland conflict and who is therefore forced to live with his uncle Matthew and his family in Canada. He didn`t come to terms living in Canada, until he really notized what terrible events waited for him at home. In my opinion, the author could describe the very emotional feelings which Declan had, but it`s not easy to really feel what moved him, if you are not so involved in the Northern Ireland conflict. (Another reason for my 'misunderstanding' could be my miserable English skills).That is why you should read the book in your mother language as well, if you really want to get everything. To sum up: I´t`s a good book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2000

    nice, but a rather 'teenage'- plot

    I was reading this book for my English class, and so it seemed to me: a typical reading list book: the teenage reader is meant to get a deeper insight on the conflict in Northern Ireland. This part worked out pretty good, but in my opinion the story lacks some kind of action on the one hand side and a more profound discussion and illustration of Declan's feelings on the other. In addition, I had the impression that this is a typical book for teenagers up to 14-15 years, the way the book was written. This is why I can only recommend 'Torn Away' as a source for better understanding of the Northern Ireland conflict, but not as a good novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2000

    There have been better books!

    In school we were 'forced' to read this book for our English lessons. I read it completely and I have to admit that sometimes it has been attractive. The topic is quite interesting and you learn a lot about Northern Ireland and the youth's problems fighting for the opportunity to take revenge. But the book is written in a very simple way and the expressions of emotions are very neutral. It is a book you can read in class, but if you want to read it alone I can only tell you that you should order more attractive books!

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