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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 34 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 16 Jan. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HE6B5ES
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Five days during 'the haunted peace after the Great War.' November 1920 : the slow process of bringing back the Unknown Soldier from a French battlefield to his final resting place and the lives of three women, in their different ways, angry, bitter and lost and all still deeply affected by the war.
It is a beautifully written, compelling and very moving novel with so many evocative passages like this one:
She misses him. Fraser. Here in the shrunken hours of the night. She misses him still so much. Who is there to share her thoughts with? They
Wither inside her. She cannot even write them to him as she used to, can't take a cup of tea back to bed and sit with a candle in the blackout
and think of him, trying to imagine where he is, what he sees. She cannot imagine where he is, because he is nowhere, he is nothing. All of
The many tiny things that he was - the way he turned his head towards her, the slow breaking of his smile, the laughter in him, the roll of his
voice; the way that he eased her, eased her - these are all gone. These are all dead.
If I gave Wake 4 and not 5 stars, it is because of the abrupt ending that left me slightly dissatisfied. I too, as a reader, like Ada, Hettie and Evelyn need and want closure.
Told over just five days and ending on Armistice Day - November 11 1920, Wake is a portrait of the lives of three women; Hettie, Evelyn and Ada. Each of these women bear the scars of the the great war, and each of them are trying to deal with life in London that has changed forever. As the reader learns about the women, we are also following the journey home of the Unknown Warrior - an unnamed solider, taken from the trenches of France and being brought home to rest in London.
As we enter 2014, a hundred years on from the beginning of World War I, it is only to be expected that there will be many books published this year to commemorate the event. Wake is one of those, but does not focus on the war years themselves. Wake looks at the lives left behind, the women who waved goodbye to their sons, fathers, brothers and lovers, some of them never welcomed them home again. Some of them welcomed home a changed man, a man who would never speak of his experiences, a man who will never be able to support his family again, a man who was left crushed and broken by what he saw in France.
Hettie spends her days at the Palais, selling dances with strangers for sixpence a day, and dreaming of bigger and brighter places. Evelyn punishes herself by working in the pensions office, every day seeing the aftermath of war as bruised and broken men queue up for assistance.Read more ›
Thoughtful and written from three viewpoints without being confusing. Very sensitive and moving. Would definitely recommend to other people.
It is a long time since I have been swept away by a novel in the way I have been by Wake - I read it in little under two days, I couldn't put it down. Now that I have finished, I feel a little lost. I want to go back and spend more time with the characters, and not just Ada, Evelyn and Hettie (who I loved), but also Ed and Fraser and the other more minor characters besides.
I really can't recommend this book highly enough. It is, in my opinion, a truly beautiful novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent first novel from a talented writer. The tension shown in dialogue is a lesson for all writers!Published 4 months ago by Alice Ronks
An amazing book, best novel I've read in several years. Wonderfully well written, beautiful style and a brilliant plot.Published 6 months ago by Mrs C. A. Prior
I picked up Wake as I read The Ballroom (Anna Hopes' 2nd novel) earlier this year and totally devoured it in two sittings. Read morePublished 6 months ago by H. S. Lawrence
Moving and beautifully written book about three women and how the first world war impacted on their lives.
Well worth a read. Its obviously well researched too.
I did enjoy this book, which is about the bringing home of the unknown solider - my only grumble is that it finished abruptly. I turned the page and exclaimed, "What? Read morePublished 6 months ago by sw99
Very moving book. We are reminded just how dreadful the first war was.Published 8 months ago by Shirley Frame