War stories are intrinsically sad, and this one is no exception. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to state that a book set during the Second World War has sadness and cruelty in it. But it is also a story of hope, more specifically the hope of a lively and curious mind.
Better late than never: about a month ago, I took a weekend writing workshop with the winner of the 2016 Miles Franklin award, A.S. Patrić It was super inspiring and I thought I would jot down a few thoughts about it.
If any part of me thought that Northern Lights was going to be a light, fun, magical read, then I guess that part of me must be disappointed. The rest of me however, was thoroughly engaged with the blend of plot-driven adventure, complex and unusual characters and weighty moral and philosophical questions that are encountered throughout this book.