The Return of the Soldier

The Return of the Soldier

Book - 1998
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Writing her first novel during World War I, West examines the relationship between three women and a soldier suffering from shell-shock. This novel of an enclosed world invaded by public events also embodies in its characters the shifts in England's class structures at the beginning of the twentieth century.

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Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, 1998.
ISBN: 9780141180656
Branch Call Number: WES
Characteristics: xix, 90 pages.


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Apr 28, 2016

It would have been better if Miss West had trusted her story enough to tell it simply. Unfortunately, every event is overwritten by her narrator, who herself is underwritten. Even so, there are few better stories about the devastation of time and war.

Jul 11, 2011

short, beautifully written and very touching.

readtoday Oct 23, 2010

There is never a hint of superficiality in this quiet story of healing; suggest it for addition to
under-appreciated classics.


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