Monday, June 19, 2006

Children and War


My first novel On Bended Knees looked at how the effects of war are passed on from one generation to the next. The new novel Slippery When Wet takes a fresh look at the subject - the wars here being WW2 (specifically the campaign in what was then Siam) and the Indo-Pakistan War.
The subject of surviving war is never far from my writing. It was current for me in the ruins of Leicester in my childhood, the shell- and bullet-marked buildings of Berlin and Dresden in the 1970s. I've just found this journal note from 2004.
'As a child, growing up with adults' and parents' tales of their own childhood in times of war, a sense of a solid world order evaporates. Parents are survivors, but they survived as children, their survival was chance, not ordained, not of their own doing. Adults, who should have protected them, in fact died - nominally while protecting the children, but in fact while slaughtering each other.'

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Blogger Bhaswati said...

Adults, who should have protected them, in fact died - nominally while protecting the children, but in fact while slaughtering each other.

How chillingly true. And yet, we keep fighting wars, orphaning children. "When will we ever learn?"

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello iim aoife from ireland and i feel really bad about children being slaughtered feel bad because i have heating i have the opposite things that these kids have i am 11 years old we are in the middle of a recession how can i help those children in trouble??i really do want to help

6:35 PM  

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