E–pub/E–book [What Niall Saw] ☆ Brian Cullen

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  • What Niall Saw
  • Brian Cullen
  • English
  • 07 June 2019
  • 9780722127162

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Free download ´ What Niall Saw Brian Cullen Á 2 Summary 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

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Free download ´ What Niall Saw Brian Cullen Á 2 Summary 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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Free download ´ What Niall Saw Brian Cullen Á 2 Summary 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 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 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 The Face on the Milk Carton me that only added to the authenticity of the account Very Pride and Prejudice moving and hard hitting If you can get hold of a copy then I would highly recommend it