I’m sorry it’s been some time since my last book review. Things have been fairly hectic around here including a rush to AE with my son who cut his arm and ended up with six stitches. It’s been that kind of month a bit of a rollercoaster. I have been reading though and have another review to do as well as this one and I am nearly finished another. (honest). Just haven’t had the time to update the blog.
Anyway book 30 of the year was “The Lie” by Helen Dunmore. In my reading I sometimes take a theme so read books that have been nominated for a book award or read books of a particular genre. Just now I am reading books on First and Second World War not exclusively but as many as I can.
Helen Dunmore has set this book in 1920 two years after the war ended. This was a draw for me as I often wonder about the impact that being in the trenches had for those that survived and the scars that stayed with them. This book is set in Cornwall a man returning to his home village and staying on a croft to use a Scottish term on the outskirts of the village. He has survived but his best friend hasn’t. He blames himself for the death of his best friend who he couldn’t rescue from going over the edge into no man’s land. The ghost of the dead man haunts him morning, noon and night not always in a bad way but always. As the story develops you learn more about the period before the war and his child hood and also what happened to both of them in the war as the relationship with the dead man’s sister develops.
This is historical fiction at it’s best. You learn about the horror of the First World War and the impact that had on those at home and those who fought. I would recommend it. Lest we forget.