A Long Long Way
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"A long long way" tells the story of naive 17-year-old Willie Dunne from Dublin, who joins the Royal British Army to fight against Germany in Belgium in WWI. He leaves behind his father (a police officer), three sisters and Gretta, his first great love. Fighting for the King and the Empire, Willie and his regiment find themselves in the trenches, where they experience the horrors and realities of the cruel war. Throughout the war, he returns home three times, and by accident has to fight at home against his own people during the Easter Uprising of 1916 of the nationalist Irish against the British Empire ...
I have only read little on WWI so far (mainly All quiet at the Western Front by Remarque), so this book catapulted me in a horrible world of the first modern war. "A long long way" vividly decribes the cruelty and stupidity of war, it is a deeply moving and sad book on friendship and (divided) loyality.
- Willie´s transformation from a naive teenager, who saw the war a an exciting adventure, to a man, who questions what he fights for
- the circumstances around the anonymious letter
- the lyrical language
- the way of cursing sounded often very modern
- a missing timetable or information on the events that happened in WWI, especially in Flandern and Ireland
all in all: a very powerful account of WWI, that I will read again, as soon as it will have returned to me - two days ago it already started its journey to Quataqa as part of the Booker Prize Roundabout
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
enjoy reading! via mail to Quataqa
Anyhow, I started reading the book and couldn't bring myself to read more than 30 pages, dreading all those combat details that were surely going to come up. So I looked at other JE about this book and except one negative critique, all the others were highly praising the book. I decided to give it a try and skip the fight scenes. So I did. I'm glad I did because it is a very well written, very touching book. And skimming through the fight scenes was just the thing.
And yet again, this feeling that thousands of young men were just used as "Kanonenfutter" makes me feel sad.
I highly recommend this book.
EDIT 25.7.06: sent on to CaptainCarrot
When reading I remembered again and again that all this and more is true and happening all the time and all over the world. A book like this one is a political book, wether the author intends it or not.
I will read this book again soon. Now I'll send it to pustefix.
like everyone else I thought it was very moving. i was also interesting to read about the connections between WW1 and Irish Home Rule.
will send it on to urfin.
I'm 2/3 through and find it a book hard to put down. Basically, because of all the horrible things happening around Willie, I expect him to be wounded or killed anytime, but he was spared so far. But he will be changed so much by being a soldier in this war, I cannot possibly see a future with him and Gretta and having a family together etc. as much as I wish/wait/hope/long for reading about it, eventually.
Also, I have learnt a great deal about Ireland and Irish history already. Although I have a friend (from Cork) I didn't know much at all about the island...
21.Dezember I finished the book, and I'm kind of glad about its ending. (Will not explain, read it yourself.)
As I'm last in the participants list, I gave the book to my boyfriend.
17.März He read it, and we had a discussion.
Then we decided to leave it in the pension where we spent one week, for Skiing :o)
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
in Room 14
(on a bookshelf with some other books, most of them in German...)
and will take it home, to release it somewhere else...
Took the book to the Meet-Up in Cafe Lichtburg in Wedding, where an Ireland-Fan pocketed it. Hope, that you she likes it.
i'm going to offer it in my avl-section but who knows, maybe i will retry it in a few weeks ...