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Sweeping yet intimate,
This review is from: Marjorie's War: Four Families in the Great War 1914-1918 (Paperback)
This is a big book in very sense. Its 456 pages provide both a sweeping panorama of events and an intimate insight into personal lives and experiences of the Great War, at the front and at home. It is rare in presenting both sides of wartime correspondence - so often letters to the trenches disappeared with their readers.
The lives of nine characters are clevely interwoven in this story of 4 families at war. That we also know so much of them - their hopes, fears, humour and innermost thoughts - brings to mind the novels of the 19th Century, Tolstoy in particular, or the 18thC epistolary blockbusters of Fielding or Richardson. But the author also ensures that there is historical sweep, context and accuracy. Consideration is given to the reader new to history/military accounts with explanatory sections and notes. This is a 'War and Peace'without the Peace.
And yet the central character of Marjorie binds the whole together. She is the heroine in this story although she would hate the description.Highly recommend.