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In this historical fiction, Annie Mulligan, a naive, sheltered, and innocent young girl encounters the aftermath of World War I in a way that most girls her age wouldn't. By the end of the book, the story has transformed her into a knowledgeable, strong, and justice-driven young lady, even if her emotions still get the best of her at times.
Margaret I. Rostokowski, the author of this engaging book, really captures the raw, harsh emotions and realities of this time period unlike most historical fiction authors for the younger generation do. She doesn't just go with the "glorious", "heroic", and "happily ever after" story lines that so many of us seem to fall into, and give credit to, when writing or thinking of history. Instead, she has come up with a pretty unique story that captures the reader and won't let go, even after the story is finished.
After the Dancing Days is an incredible book that gives a detailed example of the human reactions to World War I, and it's aftermath, through the eyes of a teenage girl. It gives insight into the things we don't always think about as a result of a war—casualties, the wounded, and people's willingness to selfishly shut it all out and try to forget the war completely. After the Dancing Days is a book that doesn't necessarily sugar coat the information, and gives little mercy to the bluntness of it's message, while obtaining fairly clean content. In my opinion, this book is like gold to the average reader who wants to know more about what everyday people in the 20th century thought about the war through a fictional story.
The main characters in this book are engaging and interesting, giving enough information to know them, but not enough to know their every move, which I find intriguing.
The plot takes twists and turns as more information and time is added, and keeps you wanting to read on. The speed of the story is nice—not to fast, and not to slow. This is a book you could read and enjoy quickly or at a slower pace, if you wish.
Out of all the historical fiction books I've read so far, this is one of my favorites, and I definitely recommend it to history lovers. Even though it is a book written for the younger generation, I think that people of many ages can find value in its pages; and, if allowed, this book may change your perspective and open your eyes concerning things you may or may not have thought of.
As a final thought, After the Dancing Days is a book that is capable of drawing you in, keeping your attention, and leaving you with the sense that it was you who took that journey. And really, isn't that what a good book is supposed to do?
Have you read this book? What did you think?
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Short Content Description:
After the Dancing Days is a good book in a lot of ways, however, it's not perfect. I may not get everything, but these are some things, especially if you are a parent, you may want to know about.
—The main character is rebellious against her parent(s), and can be disrespectful, etc.
—A character talks about how he wanted to commit suicide.
—War related things are talked about, including gassing.
—Some characters' views are not right, and so you have to take it with a grain of salt.
—It's sad! This is a story about real life, though fictional, so there are definitely things in there that are rough.
Those are some things, but if you would like to know more, just contact me through the comments, and we can talk!