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by Julian Barnes | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingStoepbrakwing of Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on 1/5/2013
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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Journal Entry 1 by wingStoepbrakwing from Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Saturday, January 05, 2013

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-- Penguin Fiction --

Synopsis (Credit: back cover)

1358 Private Samuel M. Moss
East Lanchashire Regt.
21st January 1917

He sent the last of his buff-coloured postcards ('50 yds from the Germans. Posted from trench') four days before he died. Every year, his sister visits Sammy's grave at Cabaret Rouge, and the graves of thousands of other soldiers killed in the battlefields of Northern France. In this powerful elegy, Julian Barnes evokes the youthful lives wasted by the ravages of the Great War* and the suffering of those left behind.

Illustrated by Howard Hodgkin.

* World War I

(Bought second-hand at Help the Rural Child Charity Bookshop, Main Road, Retreat.) 

Journal Entry 2 by wingStoepbrakwing at Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Tuesday, June 03, 2014

9 out of 10

A delicate tale of grief: well researched, sparsely worded, beautifully crafted. One of the quickest books you are likely to read, but bound to be among those you will remember the longest. 

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