Carrie's War

Carrie s War Albert Carrie and young Nick are war time evacuees whose lives get so tangled up with the people they ve come to live among that the war and their real families seem to belong to another world Carrie

  • Title: Carrie's War
  • Author: Nina Bawden
  • ISBN: 9780141301624
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
  • Albert, Carrie and young Nick are war time evacuees whose lives get so tangled up with the people they ve come to live among that the war and their real families seem to belong to another world Carrie and Nick are billeted in Wales with old Mr Evans, who is so mean and cold, and his timid mouse of a sister, Lou, who suddenly starts having secrets Their friend Albert is lAlbert, Carrie and young Nick are war time evacuees whose lives get so tangled up with the people they ve come to live among that the war and their real families seem to belong to another world Carrie and Nick are billeted in Wales with old Mr Evans, who is so mean and cold, and his timid mouse of a sister, Lou, who suddenly starts having secrets Their friend Albert is luckier, living in Druid s Bottom with warm hearted Hepzibah Green and the strange Mister Johnny, who can talk to animals but not to human beings Carrie and Nick visit him there whenever they can for Hepzibah makes life exciting and enticing with her stories and delicious cooking Gradually they begin to feel at ease in their war time home, but then, in trying to heal the rift between Mr Evans and his estranged sister, and save Druid s Bottom, Carrie does a terrible thing which is to haunt her for years to come Carrie revisits Wales as an adult and tells the story to her own children.

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    1. Like the four Pevensie children in The Chronicles of Narnia, Carrie and Nick Willow were evacuated from London to the countryside during the German bombing blitz at the beginning of WWII. The Willow's end up in a small town in Wales staying with Mr. Evans, a strict shopkeeper/preacher, and his sister "Auntie Lou". But the story is mostly set in a neighboring farm, Druid's Bottom. There Carrie and Nick will meet Albert Sandwich, Hepzibah Green, and Mr. Johnny, and their lives will be forever chan [...]

    2. This book was a trip down memory lane for me - it was one of my favourites growing up.If Carrie's War does nothing else, it teaches you a few lessons and it makes you happy and thankful for your lot. And if you have siblings, it makes you appreciate them more.Carrie and Nick are children, and the story is told from Carrie's perspective. It was never going to be amazing and insightful in an adult way, but reading it as an adult has helped me better understand it.A great read and a modern classic. [...]

    3. Reading this book was rather distracting, since some other English Lit student had helpfully annotated it before me. Comments like "she takes refuge in household tasks" and "here gender roles are reasserted" are rather irritating when you're trying to read a book as a child. Carrie's War is set during the World War, and contains little details that place it well in that time -- the gas masks, the trains, the rationing -- in a way that's pretty matter-of-fact. Not "ooh look at me I'm historical f [...]

    4. This book is set within the Second World War and centres on Carrie and her brother Nick being evacuated to Wales from London.We are told of Mr. Evans and his sister who own a shop and Carrie and Nick are sent to live with them, Mr. Evans is very strict and even his sister - Auntie Lou as she is referred to is fearful of him!The book tells us of the adventures Carrie, Nick and another evacuee- Albert sandwich get up to in Druid's bottom, the curse of the skull which is locked in the library and w [...]

    5. I read this in bits and chunks when I was at school (when you go to school in Wales, it's a book that's very difficult to escape) but didn't really have much of a coherent memory of it in my head. It's been a loose end in my reading history, one I've meant to go back and tie for a while.Now I have and well, I wish I'd paid a bit more attention at the time. I was surprised how clear my memories were of big chunks of the book, particularly the early parts, but often I was remembering the effect of [...]

    6. From BBC School Radio:Episode 1:Carrie returns, as a grown up, to the Welsh town where she and her brother Nick were evacuated in World War 2. She takes her children along the old railway line, but everything is overgrown and looks different. Carrie tells the story of her time there, starting with the train journey from London to Wales…Episode 2:Carrie and Nick go to live at the grocers shop with Mr Evans and his sister, who they call Auntie Lou. Auntie Lou is kind, but tells them lots of hous [...]

    7. Carrie's War is about the war, but it's so much more than that. Ultimately is a story of beloved friends separated, the way they deal with their circumstances and the way they reunite.

    8. The magic names of characters and places in this book - Mrs Gotobed, Albert Sandwich, Hepzibah Green, Mister Johnny, Druid's Bottom, Druid's Grove,remain magic, even when you realise this is no Harry Potter.Then there is mean Mr Evans, a bully and referred to as an Ogre, and his bullied younger sister, the mousey Auntie Lou, to whose Welsh home Carrie Willow and her younger brother Nick are evacuated to escape the German bombardment of London.No magic here - dislocation,an unhappy household.Nick [...]

    9. I read this book when I was very young, probably about eight years old. Then in Year Five in primary school the teacher read it to us. I was obsessed with this book, renting the audiobook from the library (even though I could read the book no problem) and watching the film nearly every weekend. In secondary school we had to read it again and the teacher was so impressed about how much I knew about the novel. We used to have English on a Friday afternoon and my teacher would read the book aloud t [...]

    10. On to Wanda in GA---This has just opened in the West End and you can watch a snippet about it here:newsc/2/hi/uk_news/waCondition: Used - GoodSold by: World of Books Ltd £0.01My cover:There are lovely little drawings at the beginning of each chapter.

    11. Really loved this old children's book which, reading as an adult, has not lost its charm. Short and sweet. Give it a go!

    12. Carrie’s War tells the story of Carrie and her brother Nick who are evacuated to Wales from London during the Second World War. Despite Carrie anticipating life in Wales to be extremely boring and dull, she encounters many different characters and becomes involved in numerous adventures during her stay there.Carrie and Nick stay with Mr Evans and his sister Louise, whom they call Auntie Lou. Whilst Lou tries to be a surrogate mother to the two, Mr Evans is not so fatherly and is very strict an [...]

    13. An interesting thought provoking book. I remember reading it a few years ago and not understanding it but now it is clear. The character that stood out the most to me was Albert their was something about his character I found interesting:a very deep character who I would like to know more about.

    14. Carrie’s War is a coming of age story with a twist. While visiting the small Welsh mining town where she was billeted during World War II, Carrie Willow, a 42 year old widow with four children, tells them the story of her evacuation. At the start of the war, Carrie, then 11 and her younger brother Nick, 9, were put on a train along with so many other school children, to escape the anticipated bombing of London by the Germans. In Wales, they end up living with a bullying, miserly shopkeeper, Mr [...]

    15. I've seen some spoilery blurbs in my life but this has to be hands down one of the most spoilery covers.Nevertheless, this book was devastatingly good. And that ending. So sad yet so beautiful in execution.

    16. This was sweet. Really. :-)What I liked:1. Carrie. She's Adorable. I love how she likes people that no-one else does. That she keeps on believing that Mr Evans has a good heart under all that strictness. One can learn things from Carrie. She's a great soul. :-)2. Nick. He was just fun. :-P3. There were a great variety of characters, which I always appreciate. Aunt Lou, all the scared and emotional. Hepzibah, mysterious and elegant.4. The names were very interesting. Sometimes. Which, of course, [...]

    17. A girl called Carrie and her younger brother Nick are evacuated to the countryside, and whilst Nick is excited for the move, Carrie is more worried about the War and the distance from her parents. When they arrive to the countryside, they meet a woman who is nice to them, but she has a Brother called Mr Evans who is strict and looks to keep an eye on them. The man puts them to work in his corner shop and even his own sister is afraid of him. Whilst Carrie, her brother and friends enter a place c [...]

    18. Carrie's War takes a different route to a World War Two story and focuses on the story of Carrie who has been evacuated along with her younger brother Nick. They arrive in a Welsh Mining Town after traveling from London 'labelled up like parcels'. Carrie and Nick go to stay with siblings Mr Evans and Louise (Auntie Lou). As the children adjust to the strict rules of Mr Evans house they both fall in love with suppressed Auntie Lou, and whilst Nick hates Mr Evans Carrie begins to feel sorry for hi [...]

    19. Carrie's War by Nina Bawden is the story of Carrie and her little brother Nick during World War II. The children were sent to live in the country, away from the bombings in London, for their own safety. I'd bet you $55 million dollars you could not show me a children's story with characters more real and more human. The children are placed with an absurdly cheap shopkeeper and his mousy sister for the war's duration, and they are very unhappy there, suffering from the shopkeeper's frugality and [...]

    20. A book I was put off reading as a child, because I thought it looked scary! I finally summoned up the courage and, although not scary, it was a bit unsettling and sad. The story was gripping and the language put me right there with Carrie and Nick on their adventure. I found the characters very realistic (even the generally unpleasant Mr Evans had some redeeming qualities), and I wanted to read on to the end to find out what would happen to them, but I won't be rushing to read it again! An enjoy [...]

    21. First read aged about 11, and still have the old tv tie-in paperback we had in school. Teaching it is definitely not the same as discovering it as an impressionable child. The story of the two evacuees Carrie and Nick sent to a strange Welsh valley and their experience with the odd Gotobed family as well as the evangelical Councillor Evans is still an enjoyable if, in retrospect, an ultimately sad story of love, loss and regret.

    22. Whilst I would like to award this story more than 2 stars, I feel I cannot, sadly. Whilst I like this story, I felt that something was distinctly lacking and at first, I wasn't sure what that was. Written many moons before I was even born and based in the war you can definitely distinguish the difference between today's children and war children, though I do believe a modern type of child shone through in this story. The main characters, Carrie and Nick Willow, like many children there age were [...]

    23. Fanny et Nick, comme des milliers d’autres enfants, ont été évacués vers les campagnes à cause des bombardements aériens qui frappent le Royaume-Uni en ce deuxième conflit mondial. Logés chez Mr Evans, un homme sévère, ils tentent de se faire oublier de celui-ci le plus possible en évitant de se faire remarquer par un comportement ou une parole qui pourrait lui déplaire. Heureusement, chez Hepzibah, une femme toujours de bonne humeur et un peu médium, et Johnny, ils trouvent un re [...]

    24. This was one of my favourite books as a child. I decided to read it again to see if I could understand what made it so memorable for me.In my memory it’s a story of a young girl, Carrie and her brother, Nick, who are evacuated to the Welsh countryside during the war. They live with the very strict Mr Evans and his timid sister, Aunty Lou. Carrie makes friends with another evacuee, Albert Sandwich who stays with Mr Evans' sister Mrs Gotobed, her nephew Johnny Gotobed and the mysterious Hepzibah [...]

    25. There are some lovely subtleties in this book, and a depth of characterisation that I don't often find in modern children's books. This felt very timeless, although possibly that's because there are very few details placing this in context -- the children are evacuated, and there's a brief appearance of a GI, but the war was otherwise irrelevant to the plot. I've seen this described as a coming of age story, but I'm not sure Carrie does much growing up: near the end, Albert calls her an innocent [...]

    26. When I started reading this book earlier I struggled a little to get into it and as I progressed I became more distant from it and couldn’t keep my mind on the book. I don’t think this book is for me and won’t continue reading it, I do know that a few people quite enjoyed it but I just couldn’t finish it despite it being such a short book. Because I haven’t actually finished the full book I won’t be counting this towards my 2018 reading challenge and will keep that in mind when I get [...]

    27. I wanted to re-read this book as it held so many primary school memories. We were given one copy between two and I remember trying to read each page quicker than my friend so, naturally I didn't remember much apart from the unusual name Hepzibah.I felt it was an interesting portrayal of resilience amongst children and how they respond to the complex personalities of the adults around them and I loved the light dusting of magic the author added to the story.

    28. A cute little quick read, tells the story of two small children sent to Wales to escape the blitz. We start with Carrie as an adult, returning to Wales with her children. She tells them her story from when she was a child.We follow the story of her and her younger brother Nick, learn of their story with the family that takes them in and her tale of her wrong doings before they are sent back to their mother in Scotland.

    29. The book tells us the life story of young evacuees from WW2, the two evacuees are Carrie and Her Brother, Nick. The two are evacuated to Wales to live with Mr. Evans And His sister. This Book has a lot of tone and archetypes. Personally, I thought the book was about action and live in ww2 but instead gave me the life of being evacuees, but still, the book is very interesting to read.

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