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Refreshing and well researched
on 17 October 2007
Narrates with touching compassion a story too little understood or remembered in the modern day.
It's only flawed in the end by its unrelentingly optimismic view of human nature and almost total faith in progress, which appears to have a religious basis. All lost fiancees, who died in the war here were Boys Own style stalwarts, fair and true for example; with pen portraits that could have been lifted straight from publications of the period. In many ways this approach well suits the mood of the times, so it can be viewed as strength as well as a weakness, but it does grow somewhat wearisome towards the end.