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Set in the days when the majestic liners were launched on the Clyde moving from the years of depression to the devastation of the Clydebank Blitz The River Flows On shows how the main character Kate Cameron links with lifes troubles and careers were like for young people in the war Kate Cameron was just sixteen when her world comes crashing down like many teenagers found in this time Its 1995 and everyone is feeling the set-backs the war has give life isnt as great as they expect it to be Kates life is described as many youngsters in this time Through this novel we go through the life of Kate Cameron a typical teenager who lives in the time of World War I Maggie Craig gives us an understanding of the central issues of war-time for young people the effect created on her life and develops the main points in her life giving us the full view on war life At the age of sixteen we would expect to be in school and getting an education but instead of school Kate had taken on a job at a shipyard on the Clyde like most sixteen year olds in this time Wages were needed for the rent on the house to pay for extra food and well needed clothes and things around the house School days suddenly came to a stop As we read through this novel Maggie describes Kates home as a back-street slum Not surprisingly this was what most families lived in Poverty stricken families had more chance of catching a disease and dying from an illness that could have been easily cured Many young people became seriously ill and even died making the death rate increase and the life expectancy decrease As the novel continues Kate finds herself in a relationship She shows how love can blossom in adversity Many years ago it was common for teenagers
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