Midnight Clear

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Set in the Ardennes Forest on Christmas Eve 1944, Sergeant Will Knott and five other GIs are ordered close to the German lines to establish an observation post in an abandoned chateau. Here they play at being soldiers in what seems to be complete isolation. That is, until the Germans begin revealing their whereabouts and leaving signs of their presence: a scarecrow, equipment the squad had dropped on a retreat from a reconnaissance mission and, strangest of all, a small fir tree hung with fruit, candles, and ...

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Overview

Set in the Ardennes Forest on Christmas Eve 1944, Sergeant Will Knott and five other GIs are ordered close to the German lines to establish an observation post in an abandoned chateau. Here they play at being soldiers in what seems to be complete isolation. That is, until the Germans begin revealing their whereabouts and leaving signs of their presence: a scarecrow, equipment the squad had dropped on a retreat from a reconnaissance mission and, strangest of all, a small fir tree hung with fruit, candles, and cardboard stars. Suddenly, Knott and the others must unravel these mysteries, learning as they do about themselves, about one another, and about the "enemy," until A Midnight Clear reaches its unexpected climax, one of the most shattering in the literature of war.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
Put it on the same shelf as Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage, it has mythic quality.
Thomas R. Edwards
It covers one week the lives of six men whose time on Earth has been too short for them to know much beyond fight, carnal longings, and departings of intelligence...it is a very modest inquiry into war, youth, and extinction. It is also remarkable. -- The New York Times
Eliot Fremont-Smith
There are surprisingly few "classic" novels of World War II; A Midnight Clear joins the best.
-- The Village Voice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557042576
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 308,459
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

A self-described painter who writes, William Wharton is the pen name for the author of two memoirs—Houseboat on the Seine and Ever After—as well as eight novels—Birdy, Dad, A Midnight Clear, Scumbler, Pride, Tidings, Franky Furbo, and Last Lovers. His works have been acclaimed worldwide and have been translated into over fifteen languages.

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  • Posted August 30, 2010

    A Midnight Clear by William Wharton and my thoughts

    I thought that A Midnight Clear was an okay, but stimulating novel. The author William Wharton really pulls you into the story by creating such realistic and believable characters such as Mother and Wont. While reading this text I felt myself slowly being pulled into the quarrel between the men, being that the obligation to serve their country and wanting to get out of the war. Wharton really showed the terrifying aspects of war, such as being sent out on patrol, or having ineffective and incompetent leaders. But all in all the story was one of action and drama. William really made you feel like your right there with them through the whole ordeal. This is why I justify my ratings on this novel, I would also recommend this novel to any reader who is a history buff and enjoys novels involving World War II and it's historical events.

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

    This is one of my favorite stories!  The characters and the plot

    This is one of my favorite stories!  The characters and the plot are so gripping and real.  I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2003

    A Midnight Clear

    The book a midnight clear is a very good book I feel. I think the book started out very slow, when the author is providing you with the background information about how Wont and his men go to where they are. After you get through the background information, and get to where they are at the Chateau the book is very good and interesting. It makes it so you want to keep reading so that you can see what happens next. This is a very good book for people to read expecially if you are intersted in World War Two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2003

    Band of Brothers

    This book shows how a group of young men, who are left behind by their commanders, can hold together and still make it through the night. They protect themselves and do what they think is right. These men become closer and earn a tight bond between each other that nobody else who hasn't been in this situation has. Highly Recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2003

    A midnight Clear

    I think that this book is farely interesting, but it is mostly slow reading, until you get to a fight or something exciting. I think it is cool to read about what happened during WWII, and everything these men had to experience. It is sad that some had to die, but that is part of war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2001

    A Midnight Clear is an action packed book that catches the readers attention.

    I am a 9th grade honors geography student at RHS and I read this book for a 5 themes of geography application project. I thought that this book was very well written and it made me want to keep reading for hours. It was action packed and told what guys think about when they are alone. It really helped give me some insight on the emotions about WWII and how the soldiers felt about anything. It included humor, action, suspense, and creativity which made this book a favorite of mine. I give it 4 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2000

    A True WW2 Novel

    As a student in high school I was given the chance to read A Midnight Clear as part of an application project for Honors 9 Geography. This book was very helpful in researching the 5 themes of geography especially the physical location and characteristics of Ardennes, France. I was shocked to find that Ardennes as the same unexpected wheather as Central Oregon.I really enjoyed the hummor and the in-depth look at several American soldiers who want neither to kill or be killed during WW2. It's a book that teaches you about youth, maturity,and life. This book was at my reading level, and I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in the lives of those who defended our country.

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