A Midnight Clear: A Novel

A Midnight Clear: A Novel

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by William Wharton
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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
Chicago Tribune
Put it on the same shelf as Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage, it has mythic quality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557049902
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/12/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
247,802
File size:
1 MB

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