Letters and Journal Entries

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Post by CrescentMoon » 02 May 2016, 13:58

I actually really like the journal entries. I really enjoy history but while learning history in school we learn about the major events and broad topics and everything is so impersonal. It is very easy to forget that there were actual real people who experienced real emotions and the journal entries were a really nice touch. It made the historical side much more personal and human like.
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Post by micoleon13 » 21 May 2016, 20:32

I've only read the first part of the book so far, but I agree, I really like the journal / letter entries, it brings a more personal and emotional level to a factual retelling. They must have put so much importance on these letters and treasured them, not knowing when they would get to see each other again.
They're also always so well written, it makes you think what would the equivalent be nowadays with everyone using abbreviations and colloquialisums, it wouldn't be quite as emotional

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Post by Insomniac07 » 26 May 2016, 08:40

There is so much historic information in the text that letters and journal entries were a nice respite. They acted as a reminder that these are true stories of real people with real lives.
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Post by Sarah_Khan » 21 Jun 2016, 12:09

I agree with everyone saying that it makes the book more personal. It also makes it easier to read if this type of book is not your cup of tea. Although I love historical anything!

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Post by ananya92 » 17 Mar 2017, 12:20

I think the letters and journal entries added to the depth of the novel, and made the reader feel more connected with the narrative.

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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 19 Oct 2018, 13:27

The inclusion of the letters and journal entries lent authenticity to this historical fiction.

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