Letters from Skye: a Novel

Had issues with Letters from Skye: a Novel by Jessica Brockmole. The debut novel about love, war, and utter stupidity on the part of two central characters, received praise (I thought The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was far superior), and while I salute anyone who can swing a publishing contract nowadays, I was put off by Ms. Brockmole’s use of 21st century vernaculars when writing about World War I and II.

Examples: one of her characters who was in England at the time, referring to fellow soldiers as “guys,” signing a letter with “take care,” using the terms “urban sophistication,” and “screwing another man’s wife,” when these expressions didn’t come into common usage until the late 20th or early 21st centuries. Yes, I’m nitpicking.

Sorry, guys! Take care, all you urban sophisticates!


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