Length - 206 Pages
Star Rating - 5
James Farner's ability to use dialogue in such a way that we learn the core of his characters simply by their conversations, is brilliant. I love dialogue, well, I love reading dialogue, and it was Farner's addictive talent of creating such believable characters through their words which made this novel, for me, a stand out.
1964 is a novel based around 2 brothers, Richard and Peter. Richard is the central character of the book, however the growth of the two boys within the story is the crux. They are polar opposite; chalk and cheese, yet have a forever inter-twining bond that only brothers would understand.
Richard, being the younger of the two boys, is reserved. He learns many valuable life lessons from the adults - with the exception of Rufus, who is similar in age - of Yorkshire.
There are so many hard topics that are touched on: Social status; depression; death; poverty, all through the eyes of a child, in the countryside setting of Ledder Bridge.
This novel is one of my favourites so far, and in fact, I have already recommended it to a number of people. All that is left to say is: Thank goodness there is more to Richard's story.
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