We are automatically inclined to feel sorry for John, working for little reward at a mill and harshly treated by Mr. Hopps.
Sophie Bowns sets the scene very well and I was easily transported into the past and into the lives of John, and friend Caine. Life seems like it may never change for John, until he meets Maira.
I think Kith and Kin highlights the poor working conditions at that time and I like the anxious and fearful parts of John’s character. This felt real because of the abuse he had suffered.
I like the buoyant ending, abrupt, but right because I felt at this point John’s attitude had changed.
I ultimately like Kith and Kin for its depiction of family life over a period of time, with job insecurities, tender moments, loss, children, arguments and illness.
Some of the language used isn’t in keeping with the era and I didn’t think we needed constant reiteration of John’s weight.
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