I am starting a list and will write a blog at the end of the year of books that I have tried to read but have failed to. This one was heading in that direction but……..
I started reading it when my spirits were low and it’s about the Liverpool blitz so not the cheeriest of stories. So I turned to a lighter read which suited my mood at the time. But the book stayed with me and so when I finished 100 pieces of me and Bhalla Strand I turned back to this book and gave it a second chance. You sometimes have to do this and quite often I find second time round you find you really would have missed out if you had left it in the can’t read pile.
Rescue Man is no exception it is a captivating book about a man who rescues people in the blitz in Liverpool. I have read many books on the London blitz this is the first I have read about Liverpool. I knew but hadn’t realised how much that city suffered in the second world war. The hero of the book just prior to war breaking out was producing a book about Liverpool’s iconic buildings and then sadly has to rescue people from many of these same buildings as bombs come down in Liverpool.
The book is not just about the loss of beautiful buildings. At the end of the day a building is a building more importantly are the people who live and work in them. This is what this book captured so well bringing home to you how awful the second world war was for those at home as well as those fighting. A poignant story about an old man who when they cried out to him to get under cover didn’t move as he was deaf and he died. An old lady brought out from the brink of death and how tenderly they cared for her though she had badly soiled herself. Rescue of a baby whose parents had died beside him. And funny stories such as hearing a cry and believing it to be a baby only to find out it was a parrot. War is a cruel thing and Rescue Man brings that home while making you believe in the good of people ultimately too.
Rescue Man is also a beautiful and tender love story which is played out over the course of the second world war and beyond. I loved this book. It was beautifully written. It taught me new things about the second world war. It saddened me that war brings such unnecessary grief to our lives. Over the course of the last few days its been the anniversary of the DD landings. We have so much to be thankful for those brave men and women who gave us our freedom today.
If you want to read a book with a different perspective on the blitz and the home front Rescue Man is well worth the read. And if you can’t get into it straight away try again it’s worth it.