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Or Forever Be Damned by [Burrough, C.S.]
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Length: 352 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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For lovers of historical fiction – immerse your senses in this richly-told trip down memory lane.

Beginning in 1935 Salford, England and spanning eight decades and the globe, WW2 and The Blitz, Or Forever Be Damned is a family saga brimming with sibling rivalry, love, lifelong enmity, imperfect characters and tragedy, all set against the backdrop of the fascinating world of theatre.

CS Burrough gives you an insider’s view – UK born, he worked on West End theatre productions and toured shows internationally for 16 years, prior to settling in Australia in the early 1980s.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4356 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #353,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author has no doubt carved a masterpiece with his perfect articulation of characters from the very beginning. Particularly, there is a close sense of connection when he writes about siblings relationship. One of the lines I can take away from this book:
"Relationship between siblings was altering from their clumsy,tongue-poking system of semi-silent banter, with bruising knee digs and rib-gouging elbow nudges to something more complex".
It is a story which has got a mixed blend of love, grief, hatred and all other human emotional aspect and a thoroughly recommended read if you're after historical fiction. I was given a copy in exchange for a honest review. I look forward to read more by this author.
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This is a fantastic tale, built around strong, three-dimensional characters and set in a history recent enough for most readers to strongly emapthise with. Although the story unfolds over several generations, the narrative drives forward like a locomotive and is at once poignant and exciting thanks to the impeccable worsdmithing talents of this author. I feel like Mona, Ambros, Kat, Ginny, Thaddeus, Gideon, Martha, Lydia, Sissy, Seth and all the wonderful, warm, ensemble of neighbours have become an extended family. I'd fully recommend it, it deserves a place in the classics.
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What a good read . Great story, wonderful descriptions of locations and the interiors of houses . Just as though one was in the midst of the story the whole way through . A delight .
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book that will leave its affect on the psyche. 22 August 2014
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"Or Forever be Damned..." is a thoroughly engaging family saga that is a work of true historical and social relevance, taking us from the height of British Imperial power and importance and on through the ensuing decades of decline and decadence: Societal values changing; some for the better, many not so. It is a work of not only historical pertinency, relayed in painstaking accuracy, but it is a study of social structure, involving disparities of class, religion and region. I was intrigued by the premise of the novel and by the subject matter: such topics within the novel being personally relatable; career situations and regional flavor so on point that only one who truly had lived in these places or times and known these people and their lives could convey such to the reader. And how C. S. Burrough has painted his canvas with such devotion to detail, such accuracy! His evidently painstaking devotion to authenticity is the gift he presents to the generations of readers who will be drawn to this tale. It reads as the historical saga it so clearly is, with an ease and flow that is well paced and involving. One is drawn into the story-line from the first chapter.
It is a book to be considered on many facets. There is the startling fact of the changing times' effects on attitudes, formalities, manners and practices. Then there is the story itself, apart from social relevance. Characters are well drawn and true, memorable for possessing identities gleaned from an authenticity born of knowledge. This genuine flavor makes the characters live. There is not the orthodox protagonist verses antagonist, as characters display both endearing and unfortunate characteristics, being at once sympathetic, then flawed. I prefer this, as it calls upon you, the reader, to reach your own determination as to whom is the more sympathetic and worthy of our emotional investment, thus keeping the reader engaged in the story-line, allowing one to reach one's own conclusion of any message to be drawn from the epic saga. And epic it is! This is a work to be considered. It is also a work that will live with you long after you finish it.
Whilst reading this work I was wondering what particular message the author might be trying to pass along to the reader, if he had one at all - consciously or otherwise. But as I concluded the final page it came into clarity, exactly what message, what conclusion ought to be drawn from this fine work. I am glad to have read this work for that, and I would wish to thank the author for his efforts to that end. I would highly recommend this work to anyone, and would challenge them to discover what their own sincere conclusions would be upon finishing. Whether or not the author intended it, there is a message.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A grand and soaring historical family saga 15 September 2014
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Or Forever Be Damned by C.S. Burrough
The author spent 2 years researching this historical saga. The research is obvious. There is great breadth and detail with regard to food, fashion, hardship, illness, culture and politics. The theatre backdrop to the story is essential and fascinating.
This soaring family saga covers generations and decades. It is grand in its involvement for the reader and in the shared experience of the pain and difficulty of the lives which have been endured.
The war decades are very like the despair and hardship described in Down and Out in Paris and London, and The Road to Wigan Pier. When reading during these decades one experiences the shortages, suffering and destruction. It is difficult to believe that humans could survive this horror. Many did not of course.
The characters are flawed, have strengths and talents, and affect each other positively and negatively. The story is very much a tragedy, but it is also a story of lives lived, of decades endured, or relationships shared and destroyed. It is difficult to actually like any of the characters. They are all so flawed and all cause so much destruction though their flaws. They are interesting to observe. The first half of the book is brutal and life is very difficult. The final half of the book is fascinating but remains harsh. The decades swept past.
I have to compare this book to the grand and majestic saga The Mists of Avalon which also covers generations and decades lived and endured. The similarities with the tragedy and suffering of the families in the two books seems worth noting.
A great and memorable read. The level of research and historical detail is noted and very appreciated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Within the story of ‘Or Forever Be Damned’, the ... 18 August 2015
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Within the story of ‘Or Forever Be Damned’, the reader will truly appreciate Burrough’s narrative, and appreciate his use of character description, colloquial dialogue and command of language. Expanding over a nearly a century, the story gives the reader a true insight of iconic, revolutionary and dark periods. Because of this, they are neatly and subtly sewn into the fabric about these two women’s lives. Fascinating historical drama! I cannot wait to read his follow up piece!
1.0 out of 5 stars Well, that was as depressing read 12 November 2016
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I don't like to quit wading thru a book but I should have. Sorry, I'm glad it's over and I can begin another book. First, I'll delete this one from my Kindle.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 7 September 2015
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