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I've heard so many wonderful things about this book that when I finally got around to it in my library I may have had unreasonable expectations. To me the book rambled and wandered and frequently felt completely unreal. The writing was uneven--there were beautiful passages mixed with distant and unfocused or really oddly focused musings.
Further, I agree with another reviewer here in that I think it very unlikely that returning soldiers would retell trench horror stories. My grandfather fought in WWI, survived and would never speak about the war. When asked he would merely say that there were some things best left unsaid. I think that it was culturally unacceptable and improbable that women would be exposed to these war stories.
In the end I found the book so slow and unbelievable that I couldn't continue. Can't recommend.
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Excellent performance of a story that goes nowhere slowly. I love history and rarely meet a book that I don't like. My stubborn optimism kept me listening which turned out to be regrettable.
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