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In the spring of 1946, ex-corporal Samuel Richardson returns home from Burma to Wigton in Cumbria, to the relief of his young wife, Ellen. He finds a town in which little has changed. Sam, however, has changed: the war has left him with traumatic memories. And there's 6-year-old Joe, a baby when Sam volunteered, who can scarcely remember his father. As all three strive to adjust, the bonds of love and loyalty become stretched to breaking point.
©1999 Melvyn Bragg; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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"An impressive performance, not to be missed." (Booklist)
"Right from the start...it is clear we are in the hands of a compassionate, clear-sighted writer....The book is a small classic, deeply touching and true." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • 10-23-15

Plodding story

What a disappointment. I would have given up after a couple of chapters but read to the end for my book group.
Why must we be told all the time what all the characters are feeling when we can imagine these feelings as readers?
Not recommended.