5 thoughts on “Somewhere in France

  1. Originally published at Reading Reality

    The quote that opens this book, “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time” is one that is often used in reference to the Great War, as World War I was referred to. It’s a quote that has haunted me since the first time I read it in The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell, a literary exploration about how WWI changed public consciousness in the mind of a generation.

    And that’s fitting, because the WWI er

  2. I’d have to give this book a fat C (satisfactory). It’s lucky to get that when I barely cared for the characters at all. It’s a simple story based on the author finding letters that belonged to his grandfather. It was a nice concept for a book but the story really moved too slowly. Here it is World War I with a doctor separated from his New York family while in France. The doctors’ letter writing clearly renders his loving infatuation with a young nurse while dealing with medical antidotes. The

  3. If someone had asked me to rate this book after 100 pages, I would have been hard pressed to find anything good to say about it. From the beginning, the characters, subject matter and pacing irked me. Here was the prissy, smug physician and paterfamilias, Dr. Lloyd, his mannish mother, and Emma, the weak and vacillating wife — all more concerned with observing and reflecting on life instead of living it. As an early narrative element, Gardiner contrives to have Lloyd’s children reviewing his ch

  4. I often do not know immediately if I will love or hate a book. This is one that I did love after reading a few chapters. I loved the character development, and found myself thinking about the characters while I was unable to read the book. I think this would be a great movie. Unfortunately, I felt like the story was running out of steam by the end, and if not for that fact would have given it another star.

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