Losing Julia

Losing Julia

by Jonathan Hull
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Losing Julia by Jonathan Hull

From an American nursing home, Patrick Delaney reflects on the Great War, his comrade in arms, Daniel, and Daniel's beautiful wife, Julia. Having first fallen in love with her through the letters she sent to Daniel on the front, Patrick knew he was meant to be with Julia the minute he saw her at the memorial service at Verdun, France, on the 10th anniversary of the great battle that left Patrick without his best friend, and made Julia a widow. Though married, Patrick falls desperately in love during the brief but unforgettable time they spend together exploring the still battle-scarred countryside and grappling to make sense of what took place there and what it means to their lives. Struggling to reconcile their love with the havoc of war and life's obligations, Julia and Patrick cling to each other until one faltered step when Patrick loses Julia perhaps forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568958279
Publisher: Cengage Gale
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 493

About the Author

Jonathan Hull spent ten years as an award-winning correspondent at Time magazine, including three as Jerusalem bureau chief. The best-selling author of The Distance from Normandy and The Devoted, he lives in Sausalito, California.

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Losing Julia 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've had an advance reading copy of this book in my library for years but never got around to reading it until a week ago. I read slow (stay at home mom of 4) so I only read at night but havn't been to bed before midnight because of this book! It is so romantic but not a sappy D. Steele'ish type romantic but true deep, make your heart ache for these people type love. OMG this is just so well written and witty. The main character is so likable I did not want it to end and need to read it again which I've never done with a book before. Although, the cover of the published book is not nearly as good as the advance reading copy and they REALLY should have stayed with the original. It was much truer to the story and somewhat haunting now that I've finished reading it. This is set during the war so it's not just a love story. Must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book twice and enjoyed it each time. It is a wonderful tale of love, loss, and aging. I think it speaks to the human experience. I think that everyone will find something profound to take away from this reading experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will totally captivate you. It is one of the best books I have ever read. The language and description Hull uses is phenominal. He is able to put life's moments into words that will make you cry, laugh and say 'Oh, how true that really is.' Jonathan hull puts a true prospective on love, war and just growing old.
AngieJG More than 1 year ago
Wow. What a  beautiful book. It had every element you could ask for in a novel - love, fear, pain, heartbreak, comedy, and characters that were real and relatable. I wanted to write down so many statements in from the book. There are countless words of wisdom that the author puts out for the reader. There are many layers to this novel. One person may walk away from this read with a different perspective than another. It was so interesting hearing something from a senior citizens perspective, one sitting in a rest home. The way Patrick reflects on his life, sometimes with humor, other times with horror. He approaches death with fear, loathing, and sometimes relief. I could go on. There is so much to take away from this book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much even though I had not expected to, since it related to war.
Aimee_Leon More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel. Beautifully written about a bittersweet love and lost. Which is worth the read. The story was very touching with the honesty, humor, softness and love with which the author has been able to identify so brilliant his story. Oh warning you will be needing a pack of tissues when you get to the ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
looking back at life... the brutal reality of a nursing home rings with the even more brutal memories of war.... and a passion that was once had, but lost.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love to story alot. Heck I read the book so many times. And a week ago I just finished the audio book. Which was great! Even though it was unbridged as in not complete from the original novel. Please don't get me wrong all the great parts are in the story. I've only notice the tiny parts they left out b/c of the dozens times I've read it. Some might think it's silly of me reading Losing Julia as crazy and then the audio book. But what could I say? When I saw it in my local library I just had to try it out. And I'm glad I did. It was fabulous. The narrator did an excellent job. His voice just took me there. I'd recommend it to anyone. Trust me you'll luv it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jonathan Hull is a modern Hemingway/Dreiser author. This book is superbly well written. The author has so much talent it is almost obscene. Elizabeth Berg, move over. Your crown has been removed to the head of Jonathan Hull.This is one book you will be totally unable to put down. It ends too quickly
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is a true masterpiece!. I really enjoyed reading it. I must admit that there was some slow parts, but the love they share was very beautiful and intense. Also a real tear-jerker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was chosen for our "Heart Book" book club. This means that the books belongs to our heart, has changed us, or made a substantial impact in our lives. When I first began reading Losing Julia, at about page 50, I groaned. This was someone's heart book and I thought there would be nothing worse than finishing this book. Then I reached about page 150 and it all changed. Patrick, the main character, stole my heart. He is a cynical man, unable to see all the wonder and beauty he brings into the word. His small acts of compassion and kindness for the other residents and the employees at Great Oaks were simple and easy and nothing special to him. Yet they brought the best of life back to these people. I wished I could hug him each and every time he did something grand and just shrugged his shoulders. This book was not about Julia for me. It was about the war scenes, the horror, the destruction, the fear that the men endured. It was about the scenes in the retirement home, what life is like as you wait for death. Julia was an afterthought, yet a moment in history that completely defined Patrick as a man, creating the loving soul within him that he could not see. So this has now become one of my heart books.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's not often that you find a book that you wished you had hundreds of copies of to share with everyone you know! This was such a book. Tender, maddening, endearing and oh so poignant! An epic of great proportions, which speaks of the human heart, soul, loves and a vivid portrayal of our Soldier's lives & legacy. Thanks Johnathan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one night, and as soon as I was finished, I turned back to page one and started again. Made me see love, war, growing old, being young, and friendships in ways I'd never thought of before. And even more, importantly, he put words to thoughts that had been swimming around in my head for years. Over and over again, I was screeching, 'Oh, my goodness! I'm not the only one who's felt that way!!' Excellent read. Prepare to cry a little, laugh a lot, and be enlightened.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very beautiful & sad story, but still a good read. This book has shown me that it's better to of lost & love, then never to have love before. I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great book! I read it every year, and I'm never disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book should be a must for anyone working in a nursing home. It continues to haunt me long after reading it. Hull's writing is beautiful, descriptive and vivid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was outstanding,romantic and also alittle tragic. But it's all worth buying & reading. I would recommend anyone to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am only half way through the book, but all ready want to know if he wrote anything else. Did he? A very sensitive author and telling us how Patrick feels and reacts. World War I is mostly forgotten and this brings it back. I have a book going at all times and this is one I don't want to put down. I'm looking forward to finding out if he finds Julia again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have heard stories of WWI, my grandfather fought in that war, but it never seemed real to me. This book showed the horror of that war. I never realized how much of an impact this war had on the world at that time. And the love story is beautiful. I loved the ending. It was right. I would very much like to read more from this author. He has a very wonderful understanding of people. He describes a scene so you can see it, you know exactly what is happening. You almost feel like you are there. This is a book I highly recommend. I will read this one again & again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jonathan Hull's Losing Juila was a superbly written novel. I enjoyed this book a lot and agree with his concepts of living in the past with regrets. Patrick's attracting personality and words of wisdom to friends in the nursing home is amazing. His strong, and passionate love for Julia and his grief of fearing to lose her grips your entire attention and touches your heart. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a book! I did not want this book to end. Jonathan Hull did an outstanding job putting into words the emotions and experience of one man, Patrick Delaney. And I felt every emotion and experience as I read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rarely buy books anymore, especially in hardcover, because I can usually find them later at a garage sale for a lot cheaper. For this book, I don't want to take a chance, & I don't want to NOT own it. I want it in hardcover because this book deserves a place of honor on my shelves. I am a 'dove' yet I love this story about WW1 & its aftermath. Patrick is a man I would've wanted to know... and love. And, thanks to this book, I do. This is the story of a man reviewing his life (from a nursing home) that is both humorous & poignant. E-mail me if you read it & don't like it...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jonathan Hull has written a lovely debut novel in Losing Julia. It is difficult to portray strong emotions such as grief, love and intense fear without crossing the line into trite overwrought sentimentality, yet Hull manages to pull it off. Losing Julia is told from the point-of-view of eighty-one year old Patrick Delaney and takes us back through his life as a soldier in the trenches of France in World War I, then ten years later to a chance meeting with his best friend's fiancée, Julia, to the present day. Losing Julia is an elegantly written book about love, the loss of love and the ravages of war on the individual psyche. Although parts of the book can be horrifying, Hull wisely gives us touches of warm-hearted humor as well. The stereotypical crotchety old man, Patrick is, by turns, poetic and sardonic, but he is always lovable. In the hands of a lesser writer, Losing Julia might have easily become melodramatic...the stuff of a television daytime soap opera, but Hull's writing is so good, so elegant, so classy, that most readers will find they can't help but share Patrick's thoughts and want to make them their own. Patrick is certainly no cookie-cutter character. He grows and changes immensely from the time he is a struggling, young poet trying to come to terms with the horrors of war, to the wise, and sometimes witty, older man in the nursing home. He never has all the answers, but he really doesn't feel he needs them. I found Hull, and Patrick, to be so correct about our penchant to let the present slip by when Patrick talks about our tendency to live only in regrets for the past or hopes for the future. Hull's descriptions of the battle scenes in World War I are filled with detail, although some of them do border on the purple. His metaphors tend to be those of a world that is slitting its own wrists and bleeding to death. It's elegant writing, sure, and it is, at times, poetic, but I really doubt that men in battle think that way and this is where I think the book fails a little. This is not a book that describes war in the graphic way that can be found in Stephen Wright's Meditations in Green, nor is it a book that, I think, that will achieve the staying power of Mark Helprin's classic, A Soldier of the Great War. It is, however, a warm and wonderful story of love and friendship, of loss and gain, and, although the ending is a bit unbelievable, the character of Patrick is still so well-drawn that Losing Julia is an enjoyable and very worthwhile novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jonathan Hull did an amazing job in describing the emotions, actions, and scenes of WWI. I would recommend this to anyone. I found it intriguing and captivating. Hull has a lot of skill in researching this horrible war that no one wanted to talk about. Why did we repeat those horrors in WWII? You would think people would learn from the first one. However, I found the aging part of the story humorous at times, revealing on that mystery of aging and also a little slow. I would have given it 5 stars but the love story was a bit disappointing.