I don't look in here as often as before, so sorry if this has been discussed elsewhere, and sweet Jaysus, with the glut of Irish now encamped here, it'll be nothing short of disgrace if it hasn't.
Of course, you don't have to be Irish to enjoy this monster of a book, but it helps. Think Birdsong, only better. The descriptions of Flanders more subtle and more powerful. The tragedy of those who survived, or nearly survived, as evident as those who turned green in the first gas attack. Fighting four years and being a pariah at home and in England.
I'm gushing a little having literally just finished it and not remembering a book to have had such an effect on me.
Anyone else read this? What kind of comment/review has it been getting in the Irish press?
[ 16.10.2005, 20:23: Message edited by: Sir Moses Hill ]
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