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good idea, poor execution,
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Oh dear. Fantastic idea for a novel - a first world war love story interwoven with an account of the pioneering plastic surgery done on the injured, but it was sadly let down by overwriting. Champagne is described as "excoriatingly cold" - really? I don't think that means what you think it means. And it also boasts one of the single worst sentences I have ever read in any book anywhere: "Julia was hopelessly, passively aware of her hopeless passivity, her passive hopelessness."
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Initial post: 21 Jun 2012 09:39:04 BDT
I must agree with you on the that sentence Patricia!
Posted on 3 Jul 2013 21:42:27 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jul 2013 21:45:27 BDT
mrs jones says:
It was dire in so many ways. Also, Young has cribbed from Testament of Youth in one place, and filled paragraphs with quotes from wonderful writers - quotes that she has her bland and annoying characters say, she has read factual medical accounts, and had some of the characters re-iterate them - at length. A most irritating style of writing - trying to be like good writers. And as for the last page - WELL! ... she writes ( trying to worm tears from the reader ) that there was a post -war silence all over
'' ENGLAND (!) and Europe, Belgium, France, Poland '' - that to me is absolute ignorance in the extreme - and I'm English.. threw it in the bin....and I never do that to books.
Posted on 11 Jun 2014 14:22:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jun 2014 14:25:16 BDT
Totally disagree. I think it illustrates Julia's feelings rather well. Trapped in a vicious circle of hopelessness and passivity, not knowing which was the cause of the other.
Posted on 23 Oct 2014 10:02:15 BDT
Daniel Defoe says:
Astonishing review, just shows how unreliable poor reviews can be. What more could they want from such brilliant and truthful opinions of that crazy war and how it defied logic to continue relying on misguided British class values
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