He said that he would be called out to war later anyway. Might as well volunteer, maybe there will be a benefit for going out sooner rather than later. So he went. His mother cried, his wife was horrified and his son was so sad.
Four years later and the war is still going. Alfie has stopped receiving letters from his dad. And he has no idea where he is, if he is alive.
Alfie has started polishing shoes a few days a week instead of going to school. Just to help mom, because the money is barely enough.
Polishing shoes leads to meeting new people and to many interesting discussions. Alfie finds out something he hardly knows if he can believe. He has to find out if the name he thought he saw was what he actually saw.
Is his dad alive after all and why is he not at home if he is? He decides to find out.
Yet another wonderful book by John Boyne. This is one of my favorites so far. It is well written and hard to let go.
A wonderful thought of how a boy's belives can change a person. The doctors aren't always right. Sometimes what a sick person needs isn't medicine for the body but for the soul.