This year as I said in a previous post I am doing the Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge, one of the categorize is read a book that you read as a child, this gave me the push to re-read The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MaLean, which I have not read for over 10 years and really enjoyed this book.

Why This Book?

There were a number of reasons why I chose this book, The first one obviously I had read and enjoyed the book as a child and enjoyed it, so it ticked this part of the challenge. The book however did present a few other advantages for a re-read of this book, which are as follows

It was on My TBR anyway
I had always loved the book, since I was a child, and even though I have read it since, it had been over a decade since I read the book

I Owned  a copy
Although I could have got the book by either buying it or borrowing it from the Library, as I had a cpy I could do this task straight away.

I had it on Audio
When I was a child my reading age did not match the books I wanted to read so in this case I listened to to an abridged version on 2 cassettes, I have since read the full version, so having read the full version since, I thought this gave me the experience of getting the story as I first read it.

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Synopsis

The Guns of Navarone tells the story of an Allied mission in World War II to blow up two guns on the Island of Navarone, so that the British navy can evacuate an army from the Neighbouring island of Keros.

 

 

My feelings on having read the book


The Plot did hold up an allied force going to blow up some equipment to aid in the Allied war effort, as a straight action thriller, set in World War 2 holds up. However there are weaknesses in the telling the story of the plot which are as follows.

 

The Plot did hold up an allied force going to blow up some equipment to aid in the Allied war effort, as a straight action thriller, set in World War 2 holds up. However there are weaknesses in the telling the story of the plot which are as follows.

One dimensional Characters
Most of the main people in the story have only the personality to move the plot on for example Lt Stevens is a young man who is scared and feels he will let the side down and you know nothing else about his personality.

Germans are bad guys
The was written in 1957 only 12 years after the war so this is understandable but even though it talks about the atrocities that they did in the Greek mainland it does not mention any damaged the allies did in earlier missions to bomb the guns.

 

Did I enjoy this re-read of The Guns of Navarone?
This is a difficult one to answer, firstly I am glad I read the book again after all these years as the story still holds as a thriller. The problem is I don’t read many thrillers any more. This means the stories I read now have in general more than one dimensional Characters and even a little more ambiguity.

 

Conclusion

The best way I can describe about this book is how I rated it on good reads, if I had not read the book before I think I would have given what it deserved a 3star review if I could I would have probably given it 3 stars but because it had a pivotal role in my life as a reader I could not do damage to it so I gave it 4 stars for old time sake.

 

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