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Soldier's Return by Melvyn Bragg

Soldier's Return (edition 2000)

by Melvyn Bragg

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Title:Soldier's Return
Authors:Melvyn Bragg
Info:Sceptre (2000), Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Read 2012

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If you like Catherine Cookson, you'll love this!
By sally tarbox on 29 July 2012
Format: Paperback
Telling the story of a World War 2 soldier, home from the horrors of Burma and struggling to pick up his former life: a wife and child who have a close relationship from which he feels excluded; a humdrum job after the excitement and responsibility of war; memories of things he has seen but cannot share.

Despite the heavy subject matter, this book put me in mind of the popular family sagas by Catherine Cookson and others. It offers a snapshot into 1940s life- rations, slum housing, social life etc. The 'trauma', such as it is, is gentle- perhaps because the characters are not very convincingly developed- and has a nice romantic ending.

Somehow I expected something a bit more from a life peer and President of National Campaign for the Arts! ( )
  starbox | Jul 10, 2016 |
Not what I expected from a Melvyn Bragg at all! Enjoyable though.

Worth 3½ - if halves were an option! ( )
  Bagpuss | Jan 17, 2016 |
In 1946 Sam an Englishman returns home from fighting the war in Burma to his wife Ellen and young son Joe. Like many who fought alongside him and lived to come home Sam feels suffocated by life in tiny rural Wigton. When people ask too many painful questions Sam suffers horrendous nightmares of his time in battle. Work is scarce and what there is , is demeaning. His relationship with wife and son is strained and he has difficulties relating to his family. His wife wants her own home with a garden and also yearns for another baby . Then Sam is tempted by a relocation offer by the government to Australia and in the end all this readjusment nearly destroys Sam's family. This was a good read about the struggles, sacrifices and bonds of soldiers during the aftermath of war and how homecoming is not always the joyous experience you want it to be. Not a book with dramatic plots or dramas , just small episodes in a life but written with sensitivity and emotion. This would appeal to anyone who enjoys Pat Barkers war novels. ( )
3 vote jeniwren | Jul 30, 2008 |
I found this book very slow and not all that interesting. ( )
  Fluffyblue | Jul 10, 2008 |
Well crafted story of a World War II soldier's return and readjustment to civilian life ( )
  phalaborwa | Feb 21, 2007 |
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"In the spring of 1946, ex-corporal Sam Richardson returns home from the "forgotten war" in Burma to his hometown of Wigton in Cumbria, England, to the joyful relief of his young wife, Ellen. He finds a town in which, seemingly, little has changed: the same twisting alleys, weavers' cottages, and medieval archways; and the same lack of prospects for an uneducated, working-class man like himself." "Sam, however, has changed. The war has not only left him with traumatic memories, which he tries to suppress, but also given him greater self-confidence and broadened his horizons. From her wartime jobs, Ellen, too, has gained a sense of independence she does not want to give up. And then there's six 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 the breaking point."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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