Just like most of his books which depicts the story of a poor protagonist who strives hard to overcome his poor financial state, this book depicts the life of young Laurence Caroll who finds himself in a similar state.
The age of Laurence Caroll is not clear when his father dies after a serious respiratory ailment. Mrs Caroll tries to take care of his father’s growing business, but manages just enough to meet both ends. Both sides of the families weren’t of much help in their cause. Laurie manages to get some sort of basic education but nothing enough to get him to college. Miss G, their friendly neighbour did inculcate in him an interest in zoology and botony and of course cricket.
Inspite of all the well wishers around them, Laurence finds himself separated from his mother due to their poor financial state. Neither he is in any position to go for a proper education until he meets his old teacher which brings about an unexpected turn in his life.
There is nothing in A J Cronin books which could take the reader by surprise. Mostly his books are all stories of triump by common people who are able to rise about their present prospects by sheer hard work and faith. But I love the way he narrates the story, and how he puts lives to his characters and how much the readers are able to relate to the characters.
A Song of Sixpence is a story about hardwork, perservance and above all about simple human emotions which make the core of a person’s existence and which makes him/her a human being. The book concentrates more on his almost obssessive love towards his mother and also about his unending faith in his cousins and family which is fairly exploited very well.
Laurie’s uncle Mr Leo Caroll is another character who is often described as a queer character considering that he choose to live in poor circumstances inspite of his wealth. He believed in leading a life of immense austerity that he was almost starving everyday of his life. There is the other uncle Bernard who chose to live well above his circumstances always making false promises to Laurie and his mother.
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