Warrington, England (PRWEB) September 14, 2011
“So you think you know what it was like to live through World War II?” asks author and hobby historian Patrick J. Cullen. In his new nonfiction book, World War 2: Through the Eyes of a Child (published by AuthorHouse), Cullen details his youth during World War II.
Understanding the realities of war, “warts and all”, is something most people don’t really understand, says Cullen. “Let this little boy named Patrick tell you what you don’t know,” writes Cullen, “so that you will have both eyes open.”
Written in verse, World War 2 tells Cullen’s story of abject poverty and squalor. Labeled a “street urchin” at a young age, Cullen roamed city streets, absent of parental guidance, in search of food and shelter. Battling illnesses, unkind merchants and the muck of an economically depressed community, Cullen would eventually rise from his poverty and build a success life as an adult.
An excerpt from World War 2:
“A BIG THUD AND A “WOOSHING SOUND”,
NOT PICCADILLY AGAIN BLIMY,
AS A LITTLE BOY WHO HAD NO FEAR,
A VOICE SHOUTING “PADDY” BLOODY GET DOWN
AIR RAID SHELTER AT THE TOP OF THE HILL,
TURKEY LANE WORK’S DOWN THE HILL.
HORSEMEAT OR A DRIPPING BUTTY,
COWSHEART OR TRIPE IF YOU ARE LUCKY,
LUXURIES WE NEVER DID SEE,
INKERMAN STREET SCRAP YARD,
WAS THE PLACE FOR ME,
WHERE LEAD AND BRASS WAS TAKEN FOR A FEE,
WITH ALL THE BOMBING YOU COULD GO ON A SPREE.
TO MAY’S PAWN SHOP WENT THIS WEEKS WASH,
SOLD COAL AND BUNDLES OF WOOD FOR DOSH,
A RAT! TAT! TAT! UPON THE DOOR,
THAT’S THE RENT PAID FOR ONE WEEK MORE.”
World War 2 is currently featured at a war museum in Salford Quays.
About the Author
Patrick J. Cullen is passionate about education. To promote the lessons in World War 2, Cullen performs a one-man show, the “Memory Lane Chat Show.”
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