◆ Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
◆ Read November 2012
◆ English Edition
❝ They've gone now, and I'm alone at last. I have the whole night ahead of me, and I won't waste a single moment of it . . . I want tonight to be long, as long as my life . . ." For young Private Peaceful, looking back over his childhood while he is on night watch in the battlefields of the First World War, his memories are full of family life deep in the countryside: his mother, Charlie, Big Joe, and Molly -- the love of his life. Too young to be enlisted, Thomas has followed his brother to war and now, every moment he spends thinking about his life, means another moment closer to danger ❞
Private Peaceful is a story said to be suitable for children aswell as grown-ups, which is without a doubt a true statement. This is the second book I've read by Michael Morpurgo - the first being War Horse - and I continue to be surprised by his ability to write stories that appeal to both young and old. Such was the case with War Horse, and it is with this one aswell.