- Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (Nov. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786244828
- ISBN-13: 978-0786244829
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 0.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,769,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Officers Ward (Thorndike Press Large Print Buckinghams) Paperback – Large Print, 1 Nov 2002
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A vivid prize-winning first novel from a new French writer: a French take on Birdsong or Pat Barker's trilogy. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Marc Dugain is 41 and is the chairman of Proteus Airlines, a subsidiary of Air France. This is his first novel. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Life in hospital is full of incident. They play cards, support the other wounded, avoid their families and try, with mixed success, to re-enter the world. In 1919 they leave hospital and the final fifth of the book deals with their normalisation. They find a life and come to terms with their disabilities and losses. The world, we see, finds it harder to come to terms with them.
In 1939 their lives change once more, particularly for Weil and his family, but when the war ends they find a new generation that needs their help.
Dugain has a deceptively simple style, saying much with few words and leaving a lingering impression. With a good eye for detail and the discipline to avoid cliché and mawkishness, he has produced a book of power, authority and beauty.
If you only want to read one modern novel about the Great War read this one.
It's somewhat moving, surprisingly positive, sensitively written and memoreable. However
the author doesn't make the most of the opportunity he created for himself.
The straightforward, matter-of-fact writing style is greatly preferable to the wordy self-indulgence employed by some writers, but the downside to this is that too many important moments are glossed over when the reader needs more immediacy. Just one example of this haste is when one of the terribly wounded main characters, against all odds, finds a woman who is able to love him as he is and marries her. This hugely important and significant event is hurried through with scarcely more than a glance.
Similarly, near the end of the story, when a Jewish family spend two years hiding in a cellar from the Nazis. The entire episode is rushed past us in less than a page.
Other reviewers seem to view this condensed style as a virtue, praising the author for being able to say "...so much with so few words..." Hmm.. Not quite so sure about that myself. At this point I'd like to re-affirm that I did like this novel, but I can't help feeling that too much was neglected.
Another prime example of this is the way in which Marguerite, the only woman among the four damaged friends, is sidelined.Read more ›
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Perhaps the tragedies, the horrors, and the heroics of World War I have been
chronicled over and over, but perhaps, still, not often enough. Read more
THE OFFICER'S WARD is a novel about French Lieutenant Adrien F. who is wounded in the opening days of the Great War and who finds himself in a ward for the terribly disfigured. Read morePublished on 18 July 2011 by Hereward
Exellent book on this particular subject matter. The delivery service was perfect and the condition of the book was exellentPublished on 13 April 2010 by Mrs. Michelle Morgan