The Return of the Soldier

The Return of the Soldier

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Rebecca West's stunning debut novel: The classic story of a soldier's amnesia and its effect on the women in his life
A strange woman arrives at the door with unsettling news for Jenny and her sister-in-law Kitty: Jenny's husband has lost his memory while fighting in the war. As their solider returns home, the women discover that his mind is stuck on the woman he loved fifteen years before--the same woman who first delivered the news of his memory loss and whom Jenny and Kitty regard as socially beneath them. As they care for him and react to this news, they come to understand the power of love--past, present, unrequited, and unconditional. Psychologically astute, West's unforgettable first work of fiction reveals her innate skill at understanding the constructs of class that hamper people's attempts to connect with one another.
Publisher: London :, Nisbet
Copyright Date: ©1918
ISBN: 9781453207017
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Apr 28, 2016

It would have been better if Miss West had trusted her story enough to tell it simply. Unfortunately, every event is overwritten by her narrator, who herself is underwritten. Even so, there are few better stories about the devastation of time and war.

Jul 11, 2011

short, beautifully written and very touching.

readtoday Oct 23, 2010

There is never a hint of superficiality in this quiet story of healing; suggest it for addition to
under-appreciated classics.


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