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My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You

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Well, what did happen to the traditionally brought-up women who lost all hope of marriage, because all the young men were dead? The war throws people together and then splits them up again with no thought of any emotional attachment. Maar Riley is gewond en verminkt teruggekeerd; een normaal leven lijkt onbegrijpelijk en liefde onbevattelijk. 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. One whose love seems to be more of convenience than of depth and the other couple who’s declaration came a moment to late.

This book uses the letters and cards that are sent to go some way to describe the feelings that this dreadful upheaval causes. Moving among Ypres, London, and Paris, this emotionally rich and evocative novel is both a powerful exploration of the lasting effects of war on those who fight—and those who don't—and a poignant testament to the power of enduring love. The first half of the book is about the experiences that the five have adapting to the realities of war and the shifts it brings about in their relationships.Riley: He has a bit of a same sex encounter and decides to run off to war to prove he's a real man, not a "nancy.

The first line of this postcard forms the title of the book; the choice between these two categories underpins the plot and is Riley's first lie to Nadine. Her first book was A Great Task of Happiness (1995), the life of Kathleen Bruce, her grandmother, the sculptor and wife of Scott of the Antarctic.It left you—well , it never left you: it rendered you brutalized, incapable, unthinking, unfeeling, scar tissue all over. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Not having that background also made it difficult to see what the motive was for what the characters do throughout the book. The Children's Book by A S Byatt beautifully conveys the pre-war era while the under-rated Half of the Human Race by Anthony Quinn also addresses the changes in the role of women in society. How can the handsome, talented artist Riley Purefoy go back to the life he had before war broke out, especially now he is so badly injured?

Worried that her husband is slipping away, Julia is left alone with her fears when Rose joins the nursing corps to work with a pioneering plastic surgeon treating wounded and disfigured soldiers. I didn't like this much mainly because I really didn't like a single character except Rose and she's really not a "main player. It touches on women's impact during wartime, romance, tragedy, the class system, families, art and early reconstructive surgery methods. Honestly, I want to track these people down and punch them in their fucking necks, but Goodreads would probably ban me. Sir Alfred, keen to support Riley in his quest to improve himself, invites him to live in his home, allows him access to his library and pays for his education.

Louisa Young does a wonderful job of making the characters immediately real and the reader is very quickly engaged in the story.

I wanted to tell you, before my telegram arrives, that I was admitted to …… Clearing Station on ………”. Nadine recognizes that Riley isn’t sharing with her, and in an effort to make a difference and understand him, she becomes a nurse.

My own father (who sadly died in 2006) grew up in a fatherless household, never knowing his own father. Therefore, some of the (very) minor characters were no more than a blur to me, and when later references were made, I had no clue who they were. The explicit theme of the book is the effect that the First World War had on people’s lives – not just those who fought but those left behind – all of the characters lives are turned upside down, all have faced horrors and all have to face a world where “it” is “over” and they have to rebuild their lives knowing they are forever affected and having to choose (as a poetic piece at the end of the story sets out) whether to allow the horror to overwhelm them/continue to try to shut it out or whether to accept it and move on through a healing process. She followed that with her Egyptian trilogy of novels: Baby Love (which was listed for the Orange Prize), Desiring Cairo and Tree of Pearls.

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