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Published to international critical and popular acclaim, this intensely romantic yet stunningly realistic novel spans three generations and the unimaginable gulf between the First World War and the present. As the young Englishman Stephen Wraysford passes through a tempestuous love affair with Isabelle Azaire in France and enters the dark, surreal world beneath the trenches of No Man's Land,...
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This was an amazing and loved find on a top 100 book list (BBC). One of my all time favorites and I would never have found it without the list!
Jan 4th, 2018
Jun 25th, 2015
One of the few novels about the first world war which tries to create a picture of what life was like in that part of France before the war. As the story unfolds you get a sense of what was lost and not all of it bad. The life of the tunnellers juxtaposed against the life of the infantry illustrates that there is more than one kind of hell during the horrors of this war. A good read but not a great one.
Jan 27th, 2015
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Feb 15th, 2014
I ended up reading this three times for college and found it a very good book.
Nov 6th, 2013
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13th on The Big Read by BBC