Top positive review
not too long, though
on 5 April 2010
My latest read from Japrisot, and he does not disappoint. Very detailed clear, engaging story telling, in an area you might think done to death by the politically correct anti-war lobby from Liddel Hart to Alan Clark. This is a story of the relict of a soldier sentenced to death for self mutilation in the phase of the first world war when the French army had pretty much lost heart. He was pushed, with 4 similar, into no-man's-land, and five corpses were buried there in the following days. This is the story of the girl who loved one of them, and takes up detective work to find out what actualy happened. She is not facilitated in this search by being mysteriously paraplegic (more mysteriously, from a medical point of view, as it is clear from several passages that she retains full and abundant sensation below the waist), wheelchair bound. She is also a gifted painter, and uses one of her paintings to pay a private detective.
As with Japrisot's others, one thing I love is the insight into the different culture of France and the French, and the way that though this is potentially a bit of a soppy subject, it just isn't written that way.