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Timothy Findley's slim, dense novel The Wars offers nothing short of an explanation of human violence. However alien or mad Findley's World War I events become, war itself is repeatedly depicted as damnably quotidian. A front-line nurse confesses, "the passions involved were as ordinary as me and my sister fighting over who's going to cook the dinner. And who won't." Bringing Dostoyevsky's moral palette to the trenches of the Great War, The Wars seems compelled to reveal how the same men who save one another's lives will also torture trench rats or stray cats for sport.
Written in surgically precise prose and studded with unforgettable scenes and memorable characters, The Wars is Findley at his best. In Cambridgeshire are "towns with names like Camden Lights and Grantchester--roads that wind past canals and over bridges--whirl you round a hundred village greens, scattering geese and waving at children--whip you past the naked swimmers in the ponds and deposit you at inn yards where the smell of ale and apples makes you drunk before you've passed the gate." Informed, compassionate, and insightful, The Wars is uniquely sensitive to the causes of social division and union. --Darryl Whetter --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
'The ferocious truth of a work of art.' The New Yorker 'The Wars is quite simply one of the best novels of the Great War. A magnificent book.' Province Vancouver --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
I got this book for my English class and I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I read it twice, it was a great book.Published 9 months ago by LSHuff
I'm commenting only on the physical quality of this edition of the novel (Penguin Modern Classics, 2014). Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sylvia Blessin
It was written in, marked up, and slightly ripped. A bit disappointed in the quality.Published 14 months ago by Fred Entz
The book was okay. Needed it for a class and it came in good condition.Published 16 months ago by Kaylee Verkruisen
This novel speaks volumes in symbolism and will always be close to my heart. Through all the hard and the few good this book will make your heart sing and cry.Published 18 months ago by Gracelynn
I loved Timothy Findley's book. It's just so gorgeous in every way. The style, the concept of making the reader an historiographer, the fragmented narrative--all of this makes 'The... Read morePublished on Dec 3 2012 by AP
It's been 18 years since I read this book and I remember it clearly. The writing is THAT good. Just now, as I write this review, I'm thumbing through it and I can vividly recall... Read morePublished on Dec 30 2011 by David Sabine
I read this many years ago, but Findlay's vision of the war remains in my memory as vivid and telling. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2010 by V Woolf
First off I would like to say that I have one specific type of book in my library....WW1 and WW11 Military history. I read both fictional and non fictional accounts.... Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2009 by Furyman