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War and Turpentine: A novel - Stefan Hertmans, David H. McKay
War and Turpentine: A novel
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Shortly before his death, Stefan Hertmans' grandfather Urbain Martien gave his grandson a set of notebooks containing the detailed memories of his life. He grew up in poverty around 1900, the son of a struggling church painter who died young, and went to work in an iron foundry at only 13.... show more
Shortly before his death, Stefan Hertmans' grandfather Urbain Martien gave his grandson a set of notebooks containing the detailed memories of his life. He grew up in poverty around 1900, the son of a struggling church painter who died young, and went to work in an iron foundry at only 13. Afternoons spent with his father at work on a church fresco were Urbain’s heaven; th
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781101874028 (1101874023)
ASIN: 1101874023
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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3.0 War & Turpentine
War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans is is part history, part biography, and part autobiography all compiled as a novel. It is the portrait of a man, an artist by choice and a soldier by necessity. The descriptive narration conjures up vivid images of time and place. The descriptive narration and t...
Not Quite Home
Not Quite Home rated it
3.5 War and Turpentine
War and Turpentine is separated into three parts: the first about Urbain's childhood and family; the second recounts his experiences during World War I; the third focuses on his life after the war. The writing is elegant, if a bit too alliterative at times, but quite beautiful are the author's des...
Marjorie's World of Books
Marjorie's World of Books rated it
3.0 Fact or fiction?
The author, Stefan Hertmans, is a well-known Flemish poet. Apparently there is some debate over how much of his book, “War and Turpentine”, is fictional and how much is true. Indeed, the main character in the book, Urbain Martien, is the author’s grandson and he did bequeath his memoirs to him, whi...
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