In 1936 Will Viljoeu journeys to Spain and joins the Six Bells Brigade to fight as his late father did, against the fascists.
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Grade 5-8 First published in Great Britain in 1976, Watson's book has been reissued for the 50th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War. While the novel is anti-fascist, it is not anti-war. Its finest passages are descriptions of the war, the horrors and pain of its battles, the issues and ideologies that divided the Spanish people and the Western nations. The story concerns the adventures of two young runaways. Will Viljoen, whose father has died in Spain, and Griff, his street-urchin companion, join with older volunteers to escape the British authorities and cross the Channel to France and then to Spain. They become a band of brothers, made up of the stock variety of characters brought together by war: the artist-intellectual, the earthy Basque partisan, the tough-bitten ex-soldier. Heroic volunteer nurse Molly, sister of one of the group, is the only female character and the personification of female dedication. The episodes of trench warfare, imprisonment by the fascists, and the awful bombardment of the city of Guernica, which marks the climax of the story, have the authenticity of eyewitness accounts (which the author acknowledges in his introduction). However, the book has one drawback: the British manner of speech may put off some readers. Yet the descriptions of war make this a valuable historical novel. Shirley Wilton, Ocean County Col . , Toms River, N.J.
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