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Crooked Heart (2014)

de Lissa Evans

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Sèrie: Noel Bostock (2)

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Paper Moon meets the Blitz in this original black comedy, set in World War II England, chronicling an unlikely alliance between a small time con artist and a young orphan evacuee. When Noel Bostock--aged ten, no family--is evacuated from London to escape the Nazi bombardment, he lands in a suburb northwest of the city with Vera Sedge--a thirty-six-year old widow drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she's unscrupulous about how she gets it. Noel's mourning his godmother Mattie, a former suffragette. Wise beyond his years, raised with a disdain for authority and an eclectic attitude toward education, he has little in common with other children and even less with the impulsive Vee, who hurtles from one self-made crisis to the next. The war's provided unprecedented opportunities for making money, but what Vee needs--and what she's never had--is a cool head and the ability to make a plan. On her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a team. Together, they cook up a scheme. Crisscrossing the bombed suburbs of London, Vee starts to make a profit and Noel begins to regain his interest in life. But there are plenty of other people making money out of the war--and some of them are dangerous. Noel may have been moved to safety, but he isn't actually safe at all. . . . … (més)
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    The War That Saved My Life de Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (2wonderY)
    2wonderY: similar premise and also well done
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    News of the World de Paulette Jiles (sturlington)
    sturlington: These are both historical novels about the relationship that forms between an orphan and an adult. Both seem like old-fashioned stories, in a good way, and will warm your heart.
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    Goblin de Ever Dundas (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Similar themes - tough young evacuees and how they make a life for themselves.
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Crooked Hearts by Lissa Evans is an adorable story about found family that just happens to occur during the Blitz. Both funny and charming, I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with Vee, who is nothing but a walking disaster, which, I think, is part of her charm. While any story during which the Blitz, its damage, and the loss of life and property play a key part could be dark and upsetting, Ms. Evans finds a way to keep the entire story lighthearted. Perhaps it is the fact that Vee is unabashedly a scam artist, or that Noel is too smart for his own good and yet endearingly naive. Together, they make you smile. ( )
  jmchshannon | Oct 14, 2021 |
This was a visit with a small group of slippery characters. They all have damage and are working their angles for reasons that include survival, malice, greed, grief. The start of the Battle of Britain is well drawn with familiar things becoming strange and social systems changing to wartime patterns. I liked the ending although I don't know how the alter ego could have been maintained into the future. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Although this story takes place after Old Baggage I think it was written before. It's really sad at the start to see Noel without Mattie, as I thought Mattie was a wonderful character. I liked this book too, its a warm and funny account of an evacuee (Noel) and the woman he ends up living with once evacuated. During the Blitz they get up to various plots and money making schemes. Its very enjoyable to read and I breezed through it in a few days. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Jul 22, 2021 |
Set during the London Blitzkrieg, this book focuses on family, forming relationships and survival with a precocious 10-year-old who has to deal with a dysfunctional foster family. I liked the characters and their development from non-caring to caring through the extreme circumstances of every-day-life during war, with its shortages, threats, and chaos. ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
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In her Orange-longlisted Their Finest Hour and a Half, Evans charted the capricious fortunes of a company making a dodgy propaganda film about Dunkirk. Crooked Heart is a dark comedy, moving between drollery, pathos, farce and harrowing moments of tragic insight; it’s also a grey comedy, situated among backstreet have-nots subsisting hand-to-mouth in a St Albans of stint and grudge....The prologue is a miniature masterpiece of serio-comic writing whose quality renders the more banal main story curiously anticlimactic...But the comedy of Crooked Heart is interestingly diverse and unstable.
 
An odd couple tale, Crooked Heart charts the relationship between a young orphan evacuee, Noel, sent to St Albans during the Second World War to live with Vera Sedge, who’s already struggling to make ends meet caring for her indolent son and mute mother...Evans has a delightful tone, airy and bouncy as a good Victoria sponge but with a perceptive irony and a spattering of caustic details stirred through. It recalls carefully constructed, deceptively light comic novels by the likes of Stella Gibbons and Nancy Mitford.

Crooked Heart is steeped in its historical moment, and Evans’s use of the idiom of the era is particularly convincing....But Evans never lets the period detail overwhelm her story – and, crucially, she doesn’t over-sentimentalise it either....And while the horror of war is tilted at, it’s also often a source of laughter in the dark: the casualty of an air raid is a comically flattened chicken, while serious injury is inflicted by a clumsy ambulance driver carelessly opening a door. It’s a refreshingly crisp approach, that allows moments of genuine pathos to be all the more resonant.
 

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Paper Moon meets the Blitz in this original black comedy, set in World War II England, chronicling an unlikely alliance between a small time con artist and a young orphan evacuee. When Noel Bostock--aged ten, no family--is evacuated from London to escape the Nazi bombardment, he lands in a suburb northwest of the city with Vera Sedge--a thirty-six-year old widow drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she's unscrupulous about how she gets it. Noel's mourning his godmother Mattie, a former suffragette. Wise beyond his years, raised with a disdain for authority and an eclectic attitude toward education, he has little in common with other children and even less with the impulsive Vee, who hurtles from one self-made crisis to the next. The war's provided unprecedented opportunities for making money, but what Vee needs--and what she's never had--is a cool head and the ability to make a plan. On her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a team. Together, they cook up a scheme. Crisscrossing the bombed suburbs of London, Vee starts to make a profit and Noel begins to regain his interest in life. But there are plenty of other people making money out of the war--and some of them are dangerous. Noel may have been moved to safety, but he isn't actually safe at all. . . . 

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