What Niall Saw (NEW)


  • Paperback
  • 96
  • What Niall Saw
  • Brian Cullen
  • English
  • 01 September 2020
  • 9780722127162

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review What Niall Saw 103 Es of their claustrophobic shelter for the all clear signal after a nuclear holocaus. I read this when I was in my teens after my mum picked it up in the charity shop I still haven t recovered from it It s so simple and yet so hard hitting I loved it The Bone Man of Benares A Lunatic Trip Through Love and the World read this when I was in my teens after my mum picked it up in the charity shop I still haven t The Lost Lupin recovered from it It s so simple and yet so hard hitting I loved it

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review What Niall Saw 103 Niall Bruce a seven year old Irish schoolboy relates in diary form the experience of. I ve mentioned a few times that I do almost all of my reading on my Kindle now days and there is definitely no shortage of post apocalyptic books at my disposal in that format But every so often I come across a book that I really want to read that s just not available in any kind of electronic format What Niall Saw by Brian Cullen was one such book I first heard about What Niall Saw from my buddy Fear of the Cosy Catastrophe blog He said it was bleak maybe even on par with The Road or Threads and that I had to read it So I found an original paperback on Ebay and even though it was in the UK and the shipping cost than the book itself I grabbed itPublished in 1985 What Niall Saw is the story of a family living in Ireland in the days following a nuclear strike on Great Britain But it s not your standard cold war era WWIII story because Niall is a seven year old boy and what he saw is written as if we re reading his diary complete with spelling and grammar mistakes and importantly a seven year old s perspectiveLate one night Niall and his four year old sister are awakened by the shaking of their beds and the sky going an orange lumpy colour His parents uickly grab a few meager supplies and seal the entire family including the dog in the cupboard beneath the stairs With little outside news and knowing that fallout is a very real danger they remain in that closet until forced out by thirst and hunger with Niall chronicling all that they re going throughGiven that it s the whole point of the book I found it interesting that the fact that the narrator was a child was what I considered to be its biggest drawback for two reasonsThe story is definitely bleak I won t argue that They re trapped in a confined space for weeks it s cold and dark They ve got the runs and bedsores and they know that it s worse outside because they can hear the sounds of violence in their neighborhood I imagine that horrible would not be a strong enough word to describe their experienceBut the problem is that you do have to imagine it Because the story is written by a young boy who doesn t fully realize what s happening or what could happen you don t get the full impact of how bad their situation isIf it was a movie where we could see their misery or written from the parents perspective where we would be able to know their agony at seeing their children suffer it would be much hard hitting But Niall describes what s happening as facts and he s not able to understand that no matter how bad things are they re likely to get worseMy second problem with the childish narration is actually another literary device that the author utilized on purpose As the book progresses Niall s health begins to fail and so does his ability to keep a journal While the writing in the early parts of the book is mostly understandable by the end it was so disjointed that I had a hard time telling what was going on Again the thought of a child so ill from radiation sickness that he can t write is heart breaking but if you have to guess at what s happening it doesn t convey the same impactSo overall I m glad I read it but mostly just because it satisfied my curiousity if I would have left it sitting on my shelf I would have always wondered about it I won t say I actively disliked it but it definitely didn t live up to my hopes and expectationsSo ironically I guess you can say it s a good thing I read it if only because now I know that it wasn t really worth reading in the first place at least for me

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review What Niall Saw 103 His family the suabbles and the hardships as they anxiously await within the confin. I read this book years ago it has remained with me ever since Written from the perspective of 7 year old Niall in the immediate aftermath of a nuclear attack I found it to be a compelling read Yes the language is simplistic with grammatical errors and unstructured sentences but for me that only added to the authenticity of the account Very moving and hard hitting If you can get hold of a copy then I would highly recommend it


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    What Niall Saw (NEW) review ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB × Brian Cullen characters What Niall Saw I've mentioned a few times that I do almost all of my reading on my Kindle now days and there is definitely no sho

  2. says: review ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB × Brian Cullen Brian Cullen × 3 read & download characters What Niall Saw

    What Niall Saw (NEW) Brian Cullen × 3 read & download I read this book years ago it has remained with me ever since Written from the perspective of 7 year old Niall in the immediate aftermath of a n

  3. says: What Niall Saw (NEW) review ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB × Brian Cullen Brian Cullen × 3 read & download

    What Niall Saw (NEW) Brian Cullen × 3 read & download characters What Niall Saw I read this when I was in my teens after my mum picked it up in the charity shop I still haven't recovered from it It's so simple and yet so hard hitting I loved it

  4. says: What Niall Saw (NEW)

    What Niall Saw (NEW) It is from a seven year old's point of view If you can get past the childlike grammar spelling etc it is a compellingly moving story

  5. says: Brian Cullen × 3 read & download review ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB × Brian Cullen What Niall Saw (NEW)

    characters What Niall Saw What Niall Saw (NEW) The book is presented as the diary of a 7 year old boy living in Ireland at the time of a nuclear war Ireland is said to be neutral and hence not directly attacked but it is affected by fallout from Great Britain and presumably the rest of Europe The book is an interesting fictionalisation of a nuclear war as it

  6. says: characters What Niall Saw Brian Cullen × 3 read & download review ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB × Brian Cullen

    What Niall Saw (NEW) characters What Niall Saw I absolutely adored this book but I will probably never be able to read it again It was such a gut wrenching read for such a small bookit will stay with me for the rest of my life An absolute MUST read I recommend it to all of my friends If you can find a copy it is well worth a couple hours of your time

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