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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
Rating:****1/2
Tags:fiction

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The Soldier's Return by Melvyn Bragg

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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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