Carrie’s War

carrieIt’s interesting to read a well-established classic, such as Carrie’s War.   The plot and characters are instantly familiar and comforting.  It’s the literary equivalent of pulling on a favourite jumper.

Despite this familiarity, key moments in the book, when Mr Johnny attacks Frederick with a pitch-fork or when Carrie and Nick are spooked walking through the woods, remain vivid and fresh.   This, perhaps, is what defines a ‘classic’; a story that not only withstands being commonly known but actually flourishes and becomes richer the more times it is told.

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