My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You

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My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You

My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You

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Summary: A World War One love story but also a hugely moving story about the physical and mental scars of the war, both on those who fought and particularly on those left behind. Peter's cousin, Rose, makes herself useful as a nurse because no one was ever going to marry her anyway - or so she believes. Treated by Gillies, hundreds of soldiers were given hope; faces disfigured in combat were rebuilt over many months to resemble those of men again.

I was left wondering throughout how all the characters were going to piece their stunted lives back together, whether they even could or wanted to. When he was ripped away for so long she felt useless, shriveled-up and without purpose for the rest of her life.

The prose took some getting used to and not having read any of Young’s previous works, I’m not sure if it’s her style, but the lengthy descriptive sentences with excessive comma’s aggravated me at times, but that could have been just me. Sur fond de drame historique et de romance impossible, l'auteur dépeint tant la société anglaise au temps de la première guerre mondiale que les motivations qui poussaient tant de jeunes hommes de se lancer au combat. This leads you through the reasons the character chooses a certain path causing empathy with each person although there are wince inducing moments. The war throws people together and then splits them up again with no thought of any emotional attachment. Is there something about the fact that no one is left alive to tell -- or criticize the veracity of -- the tale that has led to a recent flourishing (to the already robust genre) of trench literature, usually somehow connected to a story of the folks at home, maybe poets, maybe artsy?

His wife is equally repulsive, though her character raises another intriguing issue: Is being a housewife enough? He could delete one word from the sentence – ‘I have a slight / serious wound” – and this important option is really the centre of the book and a passionate love story. He can’t bear to touch Julia despite her flirtatious attempts to be intimate because he’s done such monstrous things. Young shines in writing about their world and their surroundings, far less their characters and inner workings. This is the finest Great War novel since Susan Hill’s Strange Meeting… (it) encompasses themes of shifting perceptions of class; of the enduring, insistent consolation of art; of incorrigible wiliness; of unflinching duty and endurance; of the need to maintain a sense of identity when everything militates against its, and of selfless generosity, optimism and intense passion.There are some aspects of the style of Young's writing that didn't always appeal to me; she's fond of a list and some of the passages are a bit 'choppy', but there's no denying the powerful story telling and the book's ability to add something new to the extensive literary subject matter of World War One is impressive. Young interweaves these characters with some fictionalised versions of some very real people, not least the inspirational Major Gillies whose work with injured soldiers was brilliant not least as he was making it up as he went along. Still though, any novel that can still make you feel the pain and horror of hte trenches (or rather, imagine you can), and the visceral exhaustion and suffering of the nurses who also served (one passage where Young describes nursing conditions of "8 days on the trot underwear", fleas, and cold water washing really hit home), while also being genuinely entertaining, is worth reading. The novel is set during the First World War, but tells the story in a very original way, much more so than most historical fiction. It is the first of a series observing – through the descendents of Peter, Julia, Riley, Nadine, Rose and others – ways in which the experiences of that massively traumatic period and its aftermath shaped the following generations: all of us who grew up in the twentieth century.

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  • EAN: 764486781913
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