Nina's Reading Blog

Comments on books I am reading/listening to

I Had Seen Castles

Posted by nliakos on July 2, 2012

by Cynthia Rylant (Harcourt Brace, 1993)

This is such a tiny book–11 cm x 18 cm and fewer than 100 pages–I almost missed it on the reserve shelf at the library. The narrator, John Dante, reminisces about his first love and his experience fighting in Europe during World War II.  Barely 18, he enlists in the Army despite his girlfriend’s pacifism. It is only much later that he appreciates her wisdom.

It’s a simple story, told simply, about how war changes people’s lives. The language is not complicated, and the book’s brevity make it an achievable read for English language learners (at least advanced intermediate).

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