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Interesting Great War saga,
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This review is from: At Break of Day (Hardcover)
I enjoyed At Break of Day very much. Its structure is fairly simple, with the paths of the main characters overlapping and diverging as fate brings them to the Somme on 1st July 1916.
This approach gave a depth to the description of the actual battle, as all recollections of that event were necessarily fragmented, a bit like a mosaic that has been smashed. A novel is not a military history, and this book gives a sense of what it felt like without getting bogged down overly in a mass of historical detail.
I'm sure some of the images will remain in my mind for a very long time, particularly the fate of Frank the cyclist.
I also found Benedict and Theo interesting characters, reminiscent of Ivor Gurney (though he in fact survived the Great War), especially as they are connected with Gloucester Cathedral.
I recommend this book thoroughly, though I fear the stable of Great War novels is becoming rather crowded!