Title: The Wars
Author: Timothy Findley
Summary: Robert Ross, a sensitive nineteen-year-old Canadian officer, went to war--The War to End All Wars. He found himself in the nightmare world of trench warfare, of mud and smoke, of chlorine gas and rotting corpses. In this world gone mad, Robert Ross performed a last desperate act to declare his commitment to life in the midst of death.
My Rating: 8.5
What I liked/disliked about the book: The Wars was filled with a vivid picture of the harsh realities of war, told through the eyes of a Canadian soldier. Not only do we the reader experience how the war affects the soldier’s life, but how his family and friends were affected to. Findley was able to fill the novel with vivid images and storytelling of what a soldier went through at the front lines of World War I. There wasn’t a lyrical style of writing, but there was something compelling about Findley’s writing that was able to pull me into the novel and unable to put the novel down.
The story is told, differently then I expected having an historian searching through archives and recordings by Ross or those who knew him, accounting on him, his personality as well as what he had went through. This made Robert Ross seem far more real and believable of a character, because it we were able to see him through different perspectives. I also liked how Findley didn’t romanticize the war, but instead attempted to shock readers with the harsh realities of war. Of mud, lice, fleas and comrades dying inches away, Findley is able to paint the ugly picture of war, with his beautiful style of writing. As well as create characters who stick with you once you closed the books pages. It’s a a story well worth reading and adding to any literary fan’s book collection.
Would I recommend it to read: I would recommend this book to read. There isn’t much action or fight scenes of hand to hand combat, but explores a spectacular story telling ability and writing style, that you won’t forget, and have you wanting to read more of his work.
What to read next: All Quite on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
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