RE: Private Peaceful
the life of a young boy named Thomas Peaceful, before and during WWI. Living in England on the land of a Colonel with his loving mother, a mentally disabled brother and another brother, Charlie, and Molly, a girl who becomes their friend, Thomas, or Tommo, lives a hard life with many tragedies among the way, most of all, the death of his father which he believes he caused. Examined throughout the novel is the relationship between the two brothers, Tommo and Charlie, and Molly. Then one day sixteen year old Tommo signs up with his brother and goes to war. In the War, the two brothers look out for each other, until tragedy occurs...
the fact they didn't skip straight into the war on the tenth page, as that would have ruined the atmosphere of the book because it's a drama, not just a period or war drama. It details the life of Tommo from his point of view. It doesn't sound like a big deal but it is because it shows the facts only Tommo knows and the ones Tommo doesn't, making it more realistic.
the movie Gallipoli, World War I movies and books and other stories which explore a sudden transition from normal to war.
in a quiet place, like at home in your room or in the library.
Something kind of folksy for the first bits with Tommo and the rest living in the country, and innocent. Then, for all the sad bits, a good instrumental sad piece; and for the war scenes, a loud, confident with a bit of sadness piece with a lot of drums.