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Flanders
     

Flanders

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by Patricia Anthony
 

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Flanders is the breakout novel by Patricia Anthony, whose award-winning science fiction has transcended the genre through the sheer power of her storytelling. Anthony's first true mainstream novel, it is a powerful evocation of the First World War--and the passage between life and death that reveals itself to one young soldier.

World War I, Flanders, Northern

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Flanders is the breakout novel by Patricia Anthony, whose award-winning science fiction has transcended the genre through the sheer power of her storytelling. Anthony's first true mainstream novel, it is a powerful evocation of the First World War--and the passage between life and death that reveals itself to one young soldier.

World War I, Flanders, Northern France:

The British trenches grow wet and foul. For Travis Lee Stanhope, a Texan sharpshooter serving in an English unit, the war is not hell, but home. Each night he ventures into No Man's Land between his comrades and the German trenches, and waits. At dawn, he begins his methodical sniping of enemy troops. Then he returns. His confirmed kill list is exemplary.

But Travis Lee is changing. His senses are ravaged by the unending scream of shells overhead. His mind is numbed by too many rations of rum. His soul is bled dry by the constant death all around him.

And yet, in his dreams, something still lives. He sees a world like the war, yet unlike, where the living are the same as the walking dead. The people there are his comrades killed in action. Sometimes they are stranded with him on the battlefield. Sometimes they lie in glass-covered graves in an Eden-like cemetery. He tries to ease their pain. But no one can ease his pain. And it will take more than death, and more than dreams, to make Travis Lee realize that he may have a function in this war beyond killing his enemies.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016794570
Publisher:
Event Horizon EBooks/Britton Knowles Publishing
Publication date:
06/07/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
354
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Patricia Anthony published her first science fiction novel in 1992 with Cold Allies, about the arrival of extraterrestrials in the midst of a 21st Century Third World War. This was followed by Brother Termite, Conscience of the Beagle, Happy Policeman, Cradle of Splendor, and God's Fires, each of which combined science fiction plots with other genres in unconventional ways. Several of her short-fiction works were republished in the 1998 collection Eating Memories. Her 1998 mainstream novel Flanders is the highly metaphysical story of an American sharpshooter in World War I.

Anthony's best-known and most critically acclaimed work is probably 1993's Brother Termite, a tale of political intrigue told from the perspective of the leader of extraterrestrials who have occupied the United States.

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Flanders 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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I was suprised when I read reviews comparing 'Flanders' to 'All Quiet of the Western Front.' Yes, they both capture life on the the Western Front. However, 'Flanders' is also a story about three men, a French-Canadian, an English Jew, and a Texan. They harbor secrets and tragedies that the war rips open and pushes them into the dark recesses of anger, betrayal and loneliness. The narrative is very straightforward and vivid. Sometimes it betrays too much information for an epistilary format. On the other hand I cannot imagine the delivery of the last few pages in any other form. I bought this book almost four years ago and I still read it. 'Flanders' always offers me something. This novel is brutal, but it's also funny and spiritual.