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Story of a boy growing up in a small town/suburb in 1945. The world is at war. Whilst the adults give lip service to the ideals of truth and justice, they are flawed by hypocrisy and self-promotion. The boy is savagely beaten by his father for telling the truth. The father refuses to believe the boy and thinks he is lying. This false belief is fanned by the local priest, who has taken a set against the boy and believes the lad is an inveterate liar. Yet later, the father turns on the boy again, this time for not lying! The father wants the boy to lie to protect him. When the boy refuses, the father deserts his wife and family as he cannot live with the shame.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Australian (mate!) Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father (or standin) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Something wrong upstairs/downstairs?    -   searching for identity/meaning Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   rebelling against parent's expectations

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Australia City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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