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Small Wars, great book,
This review is from: Small Wars (Paperback)
"Small Wars" takes as its theme conflict, on a large scale between nations and on the micro level within human relationships. The nature of duty, love and response to stress is examined in the story of one couple's marriage against the context of the Cyprus conflict in the 1950s.
I was very impressed with the way this story is written - it treats the reader as an intelligent grown-up and is never manipulative or sensationalist in the way that many best-seller novels are today. The action incidents are described in a detached, almost (old-school) journalistic manner. The writing allows you to build up pictures in your mind, whether of a home counties villa in the spring (I love the way the first meeting of Hal and Clara reflects the "Hyacinth Girl" quote from "The Waste Land" at the beginning of the book) or the aftermath of an explosion on a beach under the burning sun.
Most of all, I felt for the characters in this story. My father was an officer of the same generation as Hal and this well-researched and well-conceived story brought me a little closer to understanding what may have driven him - thank you.