- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Sort of Books; Main edition (2 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956308600
- ISBN-13: 978-0956308603
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
There's No Home Paperback – 2 Jun 2011
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An unqualified masterpiece ... as acute a study of the psychology of war as fiction offers us (Guardian)
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There is a hint of Captain Corelli's Mandolin about it - the sun is hot, the food scarce but appetising, there is a similar sensuality - but it is closer to home, more familiar. It describes relations between the soldiers and the (mostly) women of the street in which they find themselves billeted. In particular it tells the story of Sergeant Craddock, not long married to a woman he hardly knows, and his relationship with Graziella, a passionate wife of an Italian soldier gone missing while fighting in North Africa. Craddock is a deeply sympathetic character, considerate of his men but never soft, intelligent (he has learned Italian while fighting in Sicily) and tender but never untruthful to his lover.
If ever there was a story to justify adultery this is it. There is in the tale of Craddock and Graziella the innocence of true, brief love, and while the inevitable end is sad, its sweetness depends upon that sadness. It is a kumquat of an affair. Graziella first resists the Sergeant's advances before giving herself wholly. Craddock resents the intrusion of his wife's humdrum letters into the "sealed, timeless life" he is leading in Sicily, but with the resentment comes a "sense of guilt".Read more ›
Baron is finding a new readership both for his war novels (above all 'From the City From the Plough') and his novels of post-war London ('The Lowlife', 'Rosie Hogarth'). This is among his best writing - among the best accounts of humanity amid war. And this edition is splendid - including a photograph found in Baron's papers after his death of the Sicilian woman who may well be the model for one of the main characters.
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THERE'S NO HOME is a wonderful, complex, very human novel about a lull in the battle for Sicily. The protagonists are a company of British infantry who settle themselves in a small street full of Italian women, whose husbands are away at the war. The soldiers throw themselves into this domestic, womanly world which they have missed for so long. Some of them make mistakes, some of them use the women, some of them grow up. The focus is on Sergeant Craddock, a tough veteran, who finds love with the beautiful Graziella.
As in his other two war books - FROM THE CITY, FROM THE PLOUGH and THE HUMAN KIND - this is a simple story, told without artifice and motivated by personal experience. Throughout the story is unsensational, warm and knowing. The fundamental decency of the British soldiers, the extraordinary circumstances created by war and the effect of war on men's lives are strongly and sensitively conveyed. Baron's study of men of war at peace is not only compelling but, like all the best books, also deeply affecting and containing recognisable truths. I found Alexander Baron's war trilogy through the historian Sean Longden, read them all, and consider them to be the pinnacle of the British literary response to the Second World War.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really well told and believable tale based on personal experience.
Not a story of war but the human condition and of relationships between individuals who would... Read more
This book was a bargain. I could not believe that it had never been read! Alexander Baron is a superb writer whose descriptive prose is sublime in its accuracy. Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2014 by Hodge
Beautifully written; humane and deeply moving. A great book about the effects of war on normal people.Published on 9 Sept. 2014 by Geoff Jones
Quite different to other books about the war, and an enjoyable read. To see the perspective from the local women & families was interesting.Published on 7 Nov. 2013 by Bee100
a very good story and well written i would be looking to read more by the same author some time .Published on 29 Dec. 2012 by Brian