The Return of the Soldier
Set during World War I on an isolated country estate just outside London, Rebecca West’s haunting novel The Return of the Soldier follows Chris Baldry, a shell-shocked captain suffering from amnesia, as he makes a bittersweet homecoming to the three women who have helped shape his life. Will the... show more
Set during World War I on an isolated country estate just outside London, Rebecca West’s haunting novel The Return of the Soldier follows Chris Baldry, a shell-shocked captain suffering from amnesia, as he makes a bittersweet homecoming to the three women who have helped shape his life. Will the devoted wife he can no longer recollect, the favorite cousin he remembers only as a childhood friend, and the poor innkeeper’s daughter he once courted leave Chris to languish in a safe, dreamy past—or will they help him recover his memory so that he can return to the front? The answer is revealed through a heartwrenching, unexpected sacrifice.The text of this Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the first American edition, published in 1918, and features original illustrations by Norman Price.
Publish date: June 8th 2004
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages no: 112
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.