- Publisher: Martin Secker; First Edition edition (1916)
- ISBN-10: 1125155965
- ISBN-13: 978-1125155967
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
Classic literature, yes...an easy read, definitely not.
February 20, 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
4 people found this helpful.
if you're looking for a fast, easy read, this book is definitely not it. If you're looking for classic literature, you've found it. This is a very dark book, taking place on the Russian front during WWI. Two Englishman are serving with a Russian medical unit, and the book follows their relationships with their russian companions and each other. It is very slow moving and at times rather hard to slog through. Hugh Walpole has written other books that are a lot more interesting and flow more easily than this one does. Definitely not my favorite of his books.
I only read Walpole because I enjoyed Somerset's Cakes and Ale which does a hatchet job ...
November 18, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
Take and exotic locale and an interesting time and make it a yawner. Full of psychological analysis of Russian characters, none of which rings very true. I only read Walpole because I enjoyed Somerset's Cakes and Ale which does a hatchet job on this author. Actually I quite enjoyed Rogue Herries although it dragged towards the end. However, this one is without merit.
September 11, 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
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Love at the Russian Front
April 5, 2006 - Published on Amazon.com
5 people found this helpful.
WW I has broken out and two Englishmen, Ivan Durward and John Trenchard, go to Russia to help on the front as medics. Durward is objective and forthright, while Trenchard is dreamy and possessing little self-esteem. Trenchard falls in love with a Russian nurse, Marie, and they become engaged. But the older and roguish Dr. Semyonov also falls in love with her, and is able to take Marie for himself (Trenchard puts up little fight). Marie is later killed during a battle, as is Trenchard. Much of the book is related through a diary kept by Trenchard and another one by Durward. The tone of the book is very somber, even melancholy, despite the passionate love interests. Best of all is Walpole's descriptions of the forest, a dark and sinister place for most, representing the "killing field" of the war (though not for Marie or Semyonov). The war plays a large part of the story, but it would not be fair to call it a "war novel." An interesting and well plotted story, but terribly grave and solemn in tone.