on 9 March 2004
This is a gem of a book, an American academic's search for a relative who died in the British Army on the Western Front in the Great War.
Terry Castle's piece originally appeared in the London Review of Books. It is very much in the mould of Geoff Dyer's 'Missing of the Somme', blending autobiography with the gradual discovery of one of the stories of the 1914-1918 conflict.
If you enjoyed Dyer's book, or 'Trench Fever', you will enjoy this. Castle is a vivid writer, very candid about her own life, and she provides an interestingly alternative perspective on the legacy of this terrible war.
on 30 September 2013
I wholly agree with the other review posted here. This is a beautiful little book. Lots of sensible insight, plenty of candor and just plain 'interesting'. The author succeeds in creating a rock solid link with the reader and we take this adventure to France together. I've given it 4 stars because it ought to be 10 times longer. And it should be back in print!