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My husband and I listened to this on a road trip. We weren't sure at first whether it was our kind of book, but it grabbed us and took hold with a story within a story. We didn't want it to end.
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This is a difficult book for me to review, and I waffled back and forth between three and four stars. It is really three and a half stars.
As another review I read stated, it was quite a "masculine" type of book--I agree. It could be called a character study of a sick and grieving old man, waiting to die. He lives alone after the death of his beloved wife and realizes he needs to make up some rules for the remainder of his life to prevent himself from wallowing in self-pity. He decides to write a fictional story of a group of soldiers in World War 1, all the while reminiscing of his own past life.
This is not a happy, uplifting story at any point. Yet is fascinated me and kept my interest all the way through. It is beautifully written. I even had a tear or two in my eyes at the end. It is not a story for everyone and you must choose for yourself whether you want to experience it.
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