The Dark Forest

The Dark Forest

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by Hugh Walpole
     
 

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The story opens with the departure of a Red Cross unit from Petrograd. All are Russians except two Englishmen, Durward, of analytic temperament, who tells the story, and Trenchard, timid, blundering, inefficient, who is the chief character. Trenchard is seeking the sympathy and affection he has not found at home. Sister Marie, a young Russian girl, eager for life,…  See more details below

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The story opens with the departure of a Red Cross unit from Petrograd. All are Russians except two Englishmen, Durward, of analytic temperament, who tells the story, and Trenchard, timid, blundering, inefficient, who is the chief character. Trenchard is seeking the sympathy and affection he has not found at home. Sister Marie, a young Russian girl, eager for life, becomes engaged to Trenchard in the excitement and exaltation of the last days of preparation.
On the journey Trenchard is the butt of the party and especially of the efficient dominating male, Dr. Semyonov, who finally wins Marie from him. The narrative is the struggle of these two men for complete possession of Marie, since she has given something different of herself to each lover.
She is killed by an Austrian bullet in the Dark Forest, but the duel between the two men continues, as each believes that the one who meets death first will find her. The war is the background and atmosphere for the story. The Forest is present as vividly as the War, perhaps typifying the War.
"The Dark Forest" is a luxuriantly written novel about Red Cross medical workers in Russia during World War I. Hugh Walpole had served in Russia as one of this courageous band of ministering angels, and obviously drew upon his experiences to craft "The Dark Forest."

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ISBN-13:
9781421832517
Publisher:
1st World Library
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

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