Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie
For a war book this is surprisingly quiet but no less harsh or grim. It comes away from the tanks and front line and instead tells of the starving inhabitants of Leningrad. War books are hardly my forte but I do prefer ones that tell of real people and their lives rather than overly heroic soldiers taking on an entire battalion by themselves.
I like to hear about the wives that are left behind because that seems more believable to me. We see the war on the news all the time but that's just statistics. You don't truly understand it's about people. This story is rationing with any explicit details of starvation and makes do with the briefest of descriptions. The author allows you fill in the gaps and this, is better than telling readers everything. Often we can come up with something much worse! Here you get to truly appeciate the resourcefulness of the characters. There are hints of romance but you sense how it gets stifled by the war and starvation.
I would've liked to have seen a bit more of Evgenia because she's my favourite character. And sometimes, Kolya gets a bit irritating with his whines for food. I appreciate he's only a child but I'd like to think that after a while an adult would take him to one side and get him to understand that it's a war and there's a lack of anything to eat. He seems a bit spoilt and the adults around him let him remain that way instead of giving him the harsh reality.