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Anyhow, if you are a discerning type and want to read a book that contains a vast array of scintillating drama, with relationships, as well as many (realistic) twists and turns all based on historical facts, then you will surely LOVE this book. It's brilliant.
The full horror of life in the trenches is so vividly described that you can almost smell the fear of the soldiers involved on every page.
Following the ordeals of two brothers enables the author to investigate many aspects of life at war and the far reaching consequences for all involved.
As the author is Rupert Colley I have no doubt the historical content is accurately portrayed and consequently should be read by anyone with a conscience in order that we never forget.
Colley, founder of the History-in-an-Hour Harper Collins series, is able to keep the reader interested in his characters as we follow them through their various war-related experiences. The descriptions of trench warfare are particularly heart-stopping.
There was one scene that is told via flashback during an 1988 interview that at first didn't seem to make sense to me: why have a peripheral character suddenly describe the book's next major scene? Why not leave it on the timeline?
But then I realized that it made perfect sense to show that the horrific event in which this character was forced to take part continued to haunt him well into his 90's. And after reading this section I almost wished there had been more scenes like this one that switched back and forth between timelines -- it was extremely effective.
Every once in a while I thought Colley was setting up his characters along conventional lines but then they would do something completely surprising; they are very real people.
The difference between non-fiction and good historical fiction is this: non-fiction presents the facts while historical fiction brings the reader into the room, so to speak. Colley manages to do both: the historical setting is perfectly accurate and the reader sees it up close. If you want to learn about the Great War, go ahead and read Colley's World War One in an Hour (or for specific British issues, Hochschild's To End All Wars). But if you are up for a cinematic view of British soldiers on the Western Front and the devastating issues they faced in the trenches and out, read This Time Tomorrow.
Oh me of little faith! Far from being inferior, this is, if anything, even better than its predecessor. While both books are a testament to the author's talent for drawing believable characters, the fact that 'This Time Tomorrow' is a full-length novel means there is a fuller exploration of themes and a more complex and emotionally demanding storyline than 'My Brother the Enemy'.
The attention to historical detail is spot-on, as is the pace of the narrative as the story reaches its devastating denouement. And once again, the dialogue is masterful.
Not to be missed.
The main characters, brothers Guy and Jack Searight, are superbly drawn as are all the supporting cast. The novel does have a cinematic feel to it and I can imagine it working well on the screen. It's an incredibly moving novel and wonderfully written. Highly recommended and one which I shall long remember.
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