My Friend The Enemy is a fantastic novel, plenty of good values, which will totally catch the readers up. Many people, including myself, will definitely find it difficult to put down!
This is an adventure novel in which many things happen, leading you to an exciting, stimulating and moving end. I love books that take the reader into the 'events speed', keeping an own 'inner tempo' throughout their progression, getting us to notice (in this case) there's a different life pace when we are children. That's also an achievement of this novel, one of those stories in which the author, Dan Smith, has created a small perfect universe.
We are in 1941. Peter Dixon, a twelve-year-old boy, wishes there was no war. His dad's gone to fight the Germans and war is supposedly far from the country house he lives in with his mother. One summer night a plane crashes nearby and Peter decides to go and look for a 'souvenir' to keep, perhaps a piece from the aircraft. After the crash, a parachute was found hanging from a tree in the surroundings. That's what make people wonder the parachutist might be wandering not too far. There's a terrible threat: a German soldier might be hiding in a close forest.
Peter meets Kim, a girl from the city who knows a lot about many things and behaves as a mature person. They will band together to go 'souvenir hunting'. That will become a thrilling objective and Peter and Kim will not only find something, but someone.
When the German airman appears a dilemma also comes up all of a sudden. Would it be right taking him to the soldiers? That's not so easy: they all have dads and brothers in the war and they would want someone to help them if they were in trouble. What about looking after the German? Even when the Germans attack them frequently?! Will they be friends with the enemy?
War changes everything and it often makes it hard to identify the good and the bad. Through the main character's questions the reader will ask himself many of those same questions. Are all the Germans Nazis? Maybe the real enemy is not the German soldier, but the boy that bullies Peter every day...
Life is hard and cofusing when food is rationed, Churchill's words and propaganda are not especially encouraging, justice is a complex term and you have a daily fear to the telegram boy and his dreadful messages. Maybe the one clear thing for Peter is that war doesn't exist when you are laughing.show more
by DANIEL BUITRAGO JIMENEZ