This may be my first disappointing read of 2017. That’s not to say that Everyone Brave is Forgive isn’t good, just that it wasn’t as good as I had hoped it would be. It was on so many Best of 2016 lists that I had really built it up in my mind. Also, Chris Cleave is a well-respected best-selling author who I’d never read before, so a lot was riding on his reputation.
Everyone Brave is Forgiven is a tale of oft thwarted love during World War II in London. Given the setting, it’s not surprising that it is also about life in London during the Blitz. I loved the commentary on class and race during this period. The British class system is so hard to really understand coming from North America, so books like this always offer additional insight for me.
My main problem with Everyone Brave Is Forgiven came from the writing, which i found uneven. I know that statement will make waves with some of you. I felt the descriptions were often over written. But the dialogue was awesome – smart and snappy, just the way I like it. That being said, because of the witty banter, the dialogue did little to differentiate or braoden the characters.
Who would like this book? Unless you are like me and have exceedingly high expectations for this book, Everyone Brave is Forgiven will not disappoint. It is a wonderful portrait of the horrors of war on both soldiers and civilians.