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Operation Heartbreak by Max Arthur
Operation Heartbreak by Max Arthur
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This utterly brilliant - apparently simple, almost spare - short novel has the most breathtaking ending. The best, in fact, I've ever read.

Duff Cooper's novel narrates the somewhat sorry life and career of Willie Maryngton, a soldier who misses out on his ambition of seeing military action. Too young for the first world war, he receives his commission in 1918 - just in time to hear that the armistice has been signed. When the second world war brakes out his age (early 40s) keeps him at home to train younger officers. He longs to fight, to represent his country, and he can't understand why most men long for peacetime.

Just as Willie is kept at arm's length from the war… Read more
It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty ... and Other Trag&hellip by Judith Viorst
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
In this consistently funny, short volume of poetry Judith Viorst raises a wry eyebrow at the illusions we women may hold of marriage and shows us the more likely reality. And so we see ourselves in a '...long sleeved flannel nightgown/ and socks (because my feet are always freezing)' rather than the 'chiffon peignoir' once intended; having discussions about 'nursing versus sterilization' rather than 'great literature and philosophy'; and feeling more at home with 'serving crispy critters to grouchy three year olds' than in 'art nouveau apartments' in New York surrounded by 'perfect girls with hairpieces and fishnet jumpsuits'. She mines the line we all wobble along - glamour, youth and lack… Read more
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding by Julia Strachey
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The 'midget of a village woman, like a mosquito' who pants and grunts around setting up the after-wedding tea may make this comment in passing, but in this short novel it is only too apparent that the marriage between Dolly Thatcham and Owen Bigham is indeed a totally mistaken idea. Bearing a resemblance to Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, the book takes the reader through the day of the wedding, the before and after - notably missing out the wedding itself. We are sucked into a clamouring household - each individual bearing their own preoccupations with an edginess typical of a 'big day'. That alone made me want to run in any and every other direction. The bride's mother, Mrs Thatcham has a… Read more

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