My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You

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My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You

My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You

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Mi sento in dovere di scrivere una recensione per questo libro ancora ingiustamente quasi sconosciuto. The explicit theme of the book is the effect that the First World War had on people’s lives – not just those who fought but those left behind – all of the characters lives are turned upside down, all have faced horrors and all have to face a world where “it” is “over” and they have to rebuild their lives knowing they are forever affected and having to choose (as a poetic piece at the end of the story sets out) whether to allow the horror to overwhelm them/continue to try to shut it out or whether to accept it and move on through a healing process. Like many novels, this is based during World War 1, but unlike other books of it's type, the focus is on the 'normal' lives of those involved.

Truly, this is a love story — the story of Riley Purefoy and Nadine Waveney, childhood sweethearts separated by more than the war. Riley: He has a bit of a same sex encounter and decides to run off to war to prove he's a real man, not a "nancy. I liked reading her chapters, even though I found her to be ridiculous and vain (though I think that was more due to women of her class in that time). Well, what did happen to the traditionally brought-up women who lost all hope of marriage, because all the young men were dead? You never really get to find out about what attracts both couples to each other, which I think would have been nice to know especially considering what happens to both couples throughout the book (I don't want to give anything away).

I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book and what I got from reading it was a unique insight into the way that war can worm it's way into every part of your life. While this book was a gruesomely realistic tale of the brutality of war and the effects on those in the front lines and at home, it lacked this soul-splitting romance that I was expecting. Treated by Gillies, hundreds of soldiers were given hope; faces disfigured in combat were rebuilt over many months to resemble those of men again. A novel that didn't quite seem to know what it wanted to be, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You is a surprisingly rounded WWI story that goes beyond the typical narrative.

The three women mostly function as lenses into women’s lives at the time, and Young can’t resist a bit of authorial-standpoint posturing about feminism, the role of women and social change. Louisa Young was also careful to show the reader how the war continued to affect her characters after their traumatic experiences and this aspect of the story, I believe, is continued in the author's sequel to this novel: The Heroes' Welcome which is due to be released very soon. A good book, which was only let down by a few cliches and an ending which was satisfying, but not much more than that. A young lower class boy, Riley, is introduced to a wealthy family whose young daughter, Nadine, studies art with him in the company of a renowned painter. Recommended mostly to readers with a particular interest in WWI, if only for its sharp historical gaze.The atmosphere she creates is often appalling, always compelling and her narrative drive is powerful enough to keep you up all night. He's officer class through and through and is married to the appearance obsessed Julia whose only skill is her beauty. He has risen fast through the ranks to become a captain himself, a position almost elevated enough to make him worthy of his beloved, when he is wounded and sent home: "Half of my face is missing. I loved how Rose, who was never expected to marry and felt ineffective because of it, suddenly felt she had a place in the world.

One night he saw Captain Harper flying across the sky like a whirling starfish before shattering into a flaming shell crater, and he put the sight in that special part of his brain he would never go to again, fed it through the greedy slot in the forever unopenable door. All main characters get their share of attention and so the reader is able to see the war and its effects from different perspectives. Already short listed for the Costa Prize, it wouldn't surprise me to see it appearing on the 2012 Orange Prize list as well. Interestingly enough, the one character that I really connected with was Rose, the nurse who takes care of Riley after he has sustained a bunch of really bad injuries from the war. Moving among Ypres, London, and Paris, this emotionally rich and evocative novel is both a powerful exploration of the lasting effects of war on those who fight—and those who don't—and a poignant testament to the power of enduring love.

When her husband comes home on leave and does not wish to have relations with her, she goes bizerk and obsesses that she is not pretty and this and that.

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