The Machine Gunners | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Aidan Chambers

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of The Machine Gunners.
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Critical Essay by Aidan Chambers

[The Machine Gunners is] astonishingly good. (p. 438)

[Gripping] though the events are, it is not so much what but the way and why it happens that is important in this book. (p. 439)

[Westall's book] has two qualities that make it exceptional when placed against … other children's books about the war. First of all, his memory of the time, his recall of it and re-creation of it in his story, has a much sharper edge than anyone else's. No self-pity; no over-indulgence in nostalgia. Comedy, yes, but the sardonic, laugh-or-cry humor of wartime. And no sparing of the terrible sights, no forgetting or ignoring of the horror. He gets nearer to the living truth than others have done, and his brisk, strong, precise prose is full of little details—images that fill in the background...

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