When We Were Romans

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2009 - Fiction - 240 pages
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"Nine-year-old Lawrence is the man in his family. He watches protectively over his mother and his wilful little sister Jemima. He is the one who keeps things in order, especially when, quite suddenly, his mother decides the three of them must leave their life in England behind." "Their destination is Rome, where she lived when she was young, and as they drive through the night in a car filled to bursting, the excitement takes them back to those happier days. For Lawrence, fascinated by stories of popes and emperors, Rome is an adventure. Though short of money, and passed from one to another of his mother's old friends, it seems that little by little their new life is beginning to take shape. But the mystery that brought them to Italy will not quite leave them in peace." "When we were Romans is a psychological novel. Powerfully evoking the feelings of childhood - the triumphs, the jealousies, the fears, the possessions, the love - it is most of all the story of Lawrence: of how, --

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User Review  - Bauernfeind - LibraryThing

I could take the point of view of the young man, I could take the juvenile references to many things, I could even take the story line/plot. What I could not take was the misspellings — you could tell many of them were so intentional, not an accident of youth. Too staged. Read full review

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User Review  - rlangston - LibraryThing

The last 20 pages took this from 2 stars to 2.5 stars. I was very disappointed with this book, as I have really enjoyed others by Matthew Kneale. I didn't get on with the child stream of consciousness ... Read full review

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was born in London in 1960, the son of two writers. He is author of numerous prizewinning novels, including the bestselling English Passengers, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and was short-listed for the Booker Prize. He lives with his wife and two children in Rome.

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