A classic, stark novel of WWI trench warfare whose graphic imagery and straightforward prose exposes the insanity of war. A valuable resource for all teachers and students of history and of the human condition, this edition features a new introduction.
|Publisher:||Annick Press, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Charles Yale Harrison was a machine-gunner in World War I. After being wounded, he became a writer in Montreal and later New York, where he died in 1954.
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This book takes in the experiences of a WW1 Canadian soldier during the mustard gas, lice, trench warfare, flame throwers, snipers, and other assorted horrors. At times, it is not an easy read due to the candid and almost non-descript accounts on the battlefield. He has little prose and even less flowery description - everything is to the point, which further reinforces the terror of all he sees. At certain points of the story, it can also be incredibly sad as well. Not an easy story to read. The description of his bayonett being stuck in a live german boy while his brother watches on in terror is one of the most candid and sad experiences ever read. As well, when Charles is wounded, it is written almost in a surreal fashion, as he hallucinates and falls in and out of consciousness. Pick this one up. It's a true account from the writer (meaning he was there), and it's a story that isn't easily put down.