LOSING JULIAby Jonathan Hull
Posted 12 April 2005 - 11:19 AM
It is essentially a story about World War I told in flash-backs by Patrick, an American soldier, now (years later) in a nursing home. Intertwined with ghastly recollections of the war and scenes set in the nursing home - by turns amusing and touching - is a love story. The book deals with big issues (war, growing old, lost opportunity) on a personal level. It upsets and exults by turn.
One of the striking aspects of the book is the detachment from war among those who are not actively involved in the fighting of it. This relates to our present situation where the death, mutilation, torture and despair going on in Iraq and Afghanistan do not affect our daily lives because we are at a safe remove.
Many years after his own wartime experience, and after yet a second catastrophic world war, Patrick visits Dachau. On leaving he observes, "...the real horror is not what happened at Dachau but what didn't happen after Dachau. Certainly we know now once and for all that humanity can never be brought to its senses."
A powerful, upsetting and rewarding book...
Posted 12 April 2005 - 12:06 PM
Posted 12 April 2005 - 12:59 PM
Posted 12 April 2005 - 01:39 PM
I once skipped half a day of school to finish The French Lieutenant's Woman.
Posted 13 April 2005 - 04:45 PM
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