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This review is from: The Light and the Dark (Kindle Edition)
We chose this book for our book club. It was rather heavy going. The book consists of letters from a soldier in the Boxer rebellion at the turn of the 20th century to his sweetheart, and letters from her to him. There was some debate between us about the time frames involved here. The time frame for him was fairly straightforward and linear, but there was some debate about what time frame the girl occupied. He manages to see optimism during a fairly horrendous wartime experience (the Light?) whereas her life seems rather dreary (?the Dark).There were passages of beautiful prose which others have quoted and I wont repeat, and there were clever references to other literary masterpieces (which I hadn't read). I suspect this will make for a very worthy A-level English literature text at some point in the future but it wasn't much fun to read. Perhaps I am too much of a light weight reader. At least I can say to my friends that I've been reading modern Russian existentialist literature concerning the immortality of love preserved in words and watch them look surprised.