Friday, February 27, Book Review:
Given my prior enjoyment of 'Of Mice and Men' and my fondness for war books, I was quite looking forward to reading this, and dived eagerly into it straight away. However, after that first reading, I came away disappointed- the book was not what I had expected at all.
Young soldier, Francis Cassavant, has just returned to Frenchtown after World War ll horribly maimed and disfigured. With only the clothes on his back, and gun in his bag, Francis is set on his final mission- to find the man who betrayed him in his youth, and make him pay for what he did.
As the days pass in Frenchtown, Francis lives out the post-war period, reliving the days of his childhood as he waits for the return of another supposed hero. As I mentioned above, when I first read this novella, I was expecting great things, and ultimately didn't think that I received them.
I found myself bored, listless, the story tiresome and the characters flat. However, as is the nature of GCSE texts and any other English Literature study texts, I should think it's obligatory to read, re-read, and re-read again.
You have to know your texts inside out, back to front, and any which way you can think of. And the more I read it, the more I realised that perhaps I had judged it too hastily. It wasn't bad at all- in fact, it was very, very good.
After a while, I could hardly believe that I had initially found the characters dull. I liked them all, especially Francis. It was told in first person, and whilst I'm aware that many writers employ this literary technique, this felt so personal.
I almost felt like an intruder, as I followed all of Francis' separate journeys through different stages in his life, eavesdropping on his private thoughts and feelings, experiencing his self-doubt and rejection.
I really sympathised with him, and on several occasions, I just wanted to step through the pages and give him a big hug.
I also really liked Nicole, up until a certain point. She wasn't to blame for what happened, and how she reacted, but her behaviour still irritated me. But, prior to that, she came across as a genuinely kind girl, who was very sweet to Francis.
I even liked Larry, to an extent, if 'like' is the right word. I thought he was an intensely interesting and complex character, and I could never quite make up my minds as to whether I admired him, felt sorry for him, or downright disliked him.
Was he a victim or a villain? I am still undecided.A provocative story about the return home of teenage war hero and war victim, Francis Joseph Cassavant, to confront his past - the youth leader he idolized and who betrayed him - Reviews: Francis' wholesale trust in Larry allows Larry to dismiss Francis and rape Nicole.
Francis' unrealistic, romanticised view of people makes him unable to determine Larry's real motive until it is too late. 1/5(1). This is the first reference to being a hero in the novel The reader wonders why Francis has been awarded the Silver Star This is the first reference to being a hero in the novel (i think) (speculation) The reader wonders why Francis has been awarded the Silver Star.
Hero's' is a short but very entertaining read that provides a brilliant insight into life in the 40's - at the time of WW2. Without giving too much away the plot is as follows: It centres on young Francis Cassavant, a war veteran who is on a mission of revenge upon returning home to Frenchtown.
When she agrees to go to the cinema with Francis she transforms him. She offers him the attention and affection that he has lacked in his life so far.
She enjoys his company and teases him playfully because he . Feb 07, · Yahoo UK & Ireland Answers Sign in Sign in Mail ⚙ Help Account info; Help; Send feedbackStatus: Resolved.