The Triumph of Love and Liberty
by Hugh Franks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It’s the saga of a boy getting grown up amid the backdrop of the years that caused the world to witness relentless days of nightmare. Set amid the backdrop of Europe- it is the period story that covers the most turbulent years of not only the European history- but I dare to say world history.
A period story has to strike a knife edge balance between the history and the story line. A bit heavier on the history side-and it is a boring one for most of the readers. If it concentrates more on the story side then history portion is neglected. From this viewpoint, ‘The Triumph of Love and Liberty ‘ by Hugh Franks, has perfectly synchronised between the historical narration and the spontaneous flow of the story.
The timeline of the story is well planned- starting from as early as 1920 and continued towards the end of the second world war- depicting he dark times of the history of the world-portraying events that shook the world. Along with an absorbing story the reader gets a mirror reflection of the rise and fall of the third Reich as seen by the eyes of common citizens- human souls without any ambition, as a bonus.
To little Paul Johnson- beach of his hometown Brighton was a safe haven. He was not a very welcome kid to his parents- neither of them wanted to come to this world. But still he came-thanks to a little error of her mother-and a series of errors continued on the part of their parents in the matter of his upbringings. A neglected child like Paul has to face the inevitable-
“But it was on the beaches that his education began. He started meeting other boys and girls- mainly boys. Most of them come from the slum area of the towns. by the age of ten, Paul had grown into a handsome lad and had become a leader of one of the gangs that the boys used to create on the beaches. And create they did,”
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