The Saturday Boy by David Fleming

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In this blog I wanted to share my experience of reading David Fleming’s novel “The Saturday Boy”. I planned to read a chapter or so at a time, and to add to this blog along the way.

I teach English as a second language at Ramstad school in Bærum, and my students are also blogging about a novel this term. This way we can share our reading with friends and family, and hopefully get some ideas for our future reading, and some feedback on our blogs too. This is the first time I ask students to blog about a novel, so many of us are “greenhorns” regarding blogging ! 🙂

I first came across “The Saturday Boy” on Amazon, and fell for the blurb and description of the novel:

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from comic books, it’s that everybody has a weakness—something that can totally ruin their day without fail.

For the wolfman it’s a silver bullet.
For Superman it’s Kryptonite.
For me it was a letter.

With one letter, my dad was sent back to Afghanistan to fly Apache helicopters for the U.S. army.”

It turned out that this was a novel I read very quickly. Once I started reading it was no holding back, neither the number of pages nor the tears… So, you know; it’s that kind of book!

I feel a lot for all the characters in this novel. Well, almost all the characters; Budgie’s parents didn’t impress me much, to borrow a phrase from Shania Twain 🙂

For me it was an additional pleasure that the main character, Derek, participates in “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. This made for an even richer reading experience. I do love “A Christmas Carol”! 🙂

I can recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys reading, and who has experienced loss at some point in their lives, and who knows that life goes on after all! 🙂

Sources:

http://www.amazon.com/Saturday-Boy-David-Fleming/dp/0670785512/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378770420&sr=8-1&keywords=the+saturday+boy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_as_a_second_or_foreign_language

http://www.ramstadskole.no/

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/greenhorn

Image: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16101174-the-saturday-boy

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