Thunder and Lightnings by Jan MarkA lovely childrens story about friendship, life and situations moving on and how we grow as people.
Andrew has recently moved to a new house, at school he meets this odd boy, Victor whom no one else really likes or notices, considered slow he is just a loner until he becomes friends with Andrew who notices hidden depths and a wealth of knowledge that others dont delve deeply enough to find out.
Originally written in the 70s where distinctions were not so readily made Victor is just dull and slow witted whereas today within the novel I see hints of dyslexia where they mention the words jumping and the mistakes he makes when writing and maybe autism which would explain Victors quirks and behaviour, the incredible fixation he has with certain things, aeroplanes and anything associated with them and yet although displaying a lack of ability and at times a willingness to learn he has this incredible depth of knowledge about his subject which may even hint at Aspergers.
Thematically the story resonates with me, Victors distress as the world moves on and is changing and just the way he is and overall is just a sweet and charming tale from a time when friendship meant something irrespective of differences.
Thunder and Lightnings
In my previous post I wrote about nostalgia and the loss of contiguity that can trigger it. There are books, though, that I have always had: every house move has seen them boxed, shifted and unpacked; and, in time, re-read. For these books, each re-reading reveals new aspects: a form of anti- or a-nostalgia. I loved this book as a ten year-old. I took it everywhere; read it countless times. The cover did nothing to dispel the notion.
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Mark won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association , recognising the year's best children's book by a British subject. Atheneum Books published the first U. Jan and Neil Mark moved to Norfolk in and lived "directly under a flight-path, with Lightning fighters from RAF Coltishall taking off feet above the roof". He goes to his new school and meets Victor Skelton in General Studies class. The two slowly become friends and do things together, including going to RAF Coltishall to see the aeroplanes, which are English Electric Lightnings. Victor is devastated when he discovers that his beloved Lightnings are to be replaced with Jaguars. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.