1914

1914

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Jean Echenoz turns his attention to the deathtrap of World War I in 1914. Five Frenchmen go off to war, two of them leaving behind young women who long for their return. But the main character in this brilliant novel is the Great War itself. Echenoz, whose work has been compared to that of writers as diverse as Joseph Conrad and Laurence Sterne, leads us gently from a balmy summer day deep into the relentless - and, one hundred years later, still unthinkable - carnage of trench warfare.
Publisher: New York : The New Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9781595589118
1595589112
Characteristics: 119 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Coverdale, Linda
Alternative Title: Nineteen fourteen

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bibliofinn
Jun 19, 2014

This book is humane, beautifully crafted, and not a moment too long --everything the First World War was not. In a succession of concise chapters, Jean Echenoz tells the story of five friends who leave the idyllic Loire region in the summer of 1914 as volunteers and march into the hell of trench warfare. What awaits them is indescribable, but Echenoz conjures it up with memorable scenes powered by cool, understated prose. 100 years on, this novel is more than another ccentenary reminder of the folly and horror of war --it transports us into the swirl of the pre-war period and shows how easily even the finest can succumb to war fever.

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looper46
Mar 03, 2014

Want a primer on the horrors of WWI? This very well written slim volumn is what your looking for, if you want a basic view of slaughter of in WWI.

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kkt4052
Feb 13, 2014

A behind the front lines of World War I life. The fear, the love, the envy and the salvation of new life.

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