Freddy's War

Freddy's War

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Winner of the 2012 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize Shortlisted for the 2012 Edmonton Public Library Alberta Readers' Choice Award In 1941, a young man imagines thrilling battles and heroic acts when he lies about his age and joins the army. Assigned to the Winnipeg Grenadiers, part of the Canadian army in Hong Kong, Freddy McKee becomes a prisoner of war six weeks after arriving in Hong Kong. Five years pass and Freddy finally returns home from the war, but three women--Joanna Keegan, her daughter Hope, and the beautiful and mysterious Su Li--feel echoes of Freddy's ordeal in each of their lives. For Freddy, the memory of war is a heavier burden than the weapon he once carried. Freddy must fight to survive in a world that has left him behind. "Veterans traditionally have never shared the hell of their war. Often the only way to get close to their experiences is via skillful fiction. Gritty and well-researched, Freddy's War takes us to the siege of Hong Kong and back." --Ted Barris, author and military historian "Wartime love stories are the stuff of cliché, but there's no false sentimentality in Freddy's War. With a cool reporter's eye, Schultz draws on her deep knowledge of China, and of prairie social history, to craft an understated, elegaic story of loneliness, loss, and dislocation." --Paula Simons, Edmonton Journal
Publisher: [Victoria, B.C.] : Brindle & Glass, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781897142554
Characteristics: 257 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Van Luven, Marlene A. D. Lynne 1947-


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Cdnbookworm Mar 05, 2012

This is the sad tale of a young Canadian soldier from his childhood, through his old age. Freddy grows up in Edmonton, born on Christmas Day to a mother who died in childbirth. Befriended by the older lady, Serena, next door who takes him under her wing, Freddy finds a new life with reading, music and new friends. One new friend, Yip, is Serena's gardener and Freddy finds a father figure in him. But when Freddy gets in trouble, he lies about his age and joins up in the army.
Shipped to Hong Kong, Freddy is fascinated by the world there, and is better equipped than most due to his early experiences in Edmonton's Chinatown. Despite great hardship, he manages to survive the war and come back home. But his experiences scar him, and their subsequent effect on him show that for Freddy, the war never really ends. Despite new friends and support, Freddy falls into a decline that will define his life.
A look at the after effects of war on a young, impressionable man, that read true.
A very good read, with good discussion questions that are included for book clubs or school classes that may be interested.

Dec 08, 2011

I found this book to be very well written and I loved the fact that the story began in Edmonton. I felt that the depiction of the main character was very believable. He begins life with a difficult childhood and we see how he changes when he returns home (a young man) after spending years in a Japanese POW camp.

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