The Return of the Soldier
After fighting in the trenches during the First World War, Captain Chris Baldry returns home a different man. Shell-shocked and finding it difficult to cope, Captain Baldry’s mental trauma takes a toll on both himself and the family who anxiously awaited his safe return.The Return of the Soldier... show more
After fighting in the trenches during the First World War, Captain Chris Baldry returns home a different man. Shell-shocked and finding it difficult to cope, Captain Baldry’s mental trauma takes a toll on both himself and the family who anxiously awaited his safe return.The Return of the Soldier was author Rebecca West’s first novel, but it was not until recent decades that literary critics and scholars recognized the work as a complex and important piece of literature depicting the First World War era. The book was adapted into a movie of the same name in 1982.HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.
Publish date: October 1st 2013
Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics
Pages no: 80
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Female Authors
Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, but rounded it up to 5 stars on Goodreads.I read this story for The Dead Writers Society, 2016 Genre Fiction August 2016 book. This story is (expletive) up. Seriously. You have a husband and wife separated by World War I. The husband's cousin is living wi...
Lost chances and missed opportunities, resignation, change, war, suppression and oppression are among the themes surrounding West’s novel. For such a short novel, it is heavy. The heaviness is pervasive and there is no sense of reprieve for any of the characters. The novel’s narrator does begin her ...
The Return of the Soldier is an interesting read for several reasons, not least because it is a female authored book about the very male topic of the shell shock that often resulted from World War One. It's stylistic, and overly simplistic in places, and yet despite this it is extremely effective in...
We should all be reading more Rebecca West - she just writes like a dream. I'm amazed at how she managed to make this so subtle and complex and beautiful.