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"The River Flows On" By Maggie Craig

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Set in the days when the majestic liners were launched on the Clyde, moving from the years of depression to the devastation of the Clydebank Blitz, 'The River Flows On' shows how the main character Kate Cameron links with life's troubles and careers were like for young people in the war.Kate Cameron was just sixteen when her world comes crashing down like many teenagers found in this time. It's 1995 and everyone is feeling the set-backs the war has give, life isn't as great as they expect it to be. Kate's life is described as many youngsters in this time.Through this novel we go through the life of Kate Cameron, a typical teenager who lives in the time of World War I. Maggie Craig gives us an understanding of the central issues of war-time for young people, the effect created on her life and develops the main points in her life giving us the full view on war life.At the age of sixteen we would expect to be in school and getting an education but instead of school Kate had taken on a job at a shipyard on the Clyde like most sixteen year olds in this time. Wages were needed for the rent on the house, to pay for extra food and well needed clothes and things around the house. School days suddenly came to a stop.As we read through this novel, Maggie describes Kate's home as a 'back-street slum'. Not surprisingly this was what most families lived in. Poverty stricken families had more chance of catching a disease and dying from an illness that could have been easily cured. Many young people became seriously ill and even died making the death rate increase and the life expectancy decrease.As the novel continues, Kate finds herself in a relationship. She shows how love can blossom in adversity. Many years ago it was common for teenagers to start a family and marry. When Kate finds out she is pregnant with her partner Jack, she also finds out he is having an affair with a girl called Marjorie....

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