The Illumination: A Novel of the Great War (Humanitas Media Edition)

The Illumination: A Novel of the Great War (Humanitas Media Edition)

by K J Wetherholt


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Synopsis: On the Western Front in 1918, during what was to have been the "war to end all wars"; three people meet at an Allied camp near Amiens. One English, one American, and one Irish, they forge a friendship which transcends nationality, surviving the harrowing nature of a war which would devastate an entire generation. What happens during those weeks and in its aftermath will shape not only the world, but also the lives of those who experienced it, demonstrating the truth inherent in all war, and that as soldiers of every age have experienced, war is not only fought without but within, and the macrocosm of a world in conflict also reflects an intrinsic war where each man and woman must find his and her own sense of peace.

2019 Edition includes the original novel and Wetherholt's original screenplay.

Advance Praise:

The Illumination combines love, war, and man's search for self in a story that is both shocking and poetic. Her in-depth knowledge of the tactics, operations, and strategy of WWI trench warfare would alone make this book an important read. But it is her description of how the horrors of sustained combat impacts those who have experienced it that leaves one haunted. It is against this historically and emotionally accurate background that this novel truly takes flight, as Wetherholt masterfully weaves a tale of friendship and love forged in the hellish, blood-soaked trenches of the front. It is here, under the constant threat of violent death, that one is forced confront their humanity and fight to recognize their own soul. With enough turns to keep a seasoned reader off-balance, Wetherholt delivers a powerful story that will remain with you long after you have finished the last page.

-- Roger D. Carstens, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Special Forces (Retired)

The Illumination is a stunning book, and a rare perspective on a conflict that has now faded from living memory. While many novels have fixated on the coming of age story of young men at war, the author focused on a more difficult subject: the conclusion and aftermath of a global conflict. The characters are real and desperate to find something to hold on to in a world gone insane. This novel will speak to anyone who has ever shouted at a destructive world and found that God didn't even care to reply. The Illumination takes on greater urgency today, not because of its historical aspect but rather its predictive qualities as the Western world again seems poised to repeat the same mistakes we made 100 years ago.

-- Jack Murphy, Army Ranger and Green Beret (Retired), NYTimes Bestselling author and author of Murphy's Law, Managing Editor of NEWSREP

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615730035
Publisher: Humanitas Media
Publication date: 11/19/2012
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

K.J. Wetherholt, Principal of the IIPFoundation and Executive Editor of the MIPJ, continues to research the reality and effects of modern war, having returned to International Relations and Humanitarian Affairs following the death of her father, a veteran who first told her stories about his own paternal grandfather, an officer who served on the Western Front during WWI. This book was written in memory of those who experienced WWI, among other wars, past and present.

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Leigh_Barrett More than 1 year ago
In a brief moment during the First World War, 3 lives intersect and are forever changed. “The Illumination” by KJ Wetherholt tells the story of two journalists, stationed near the front lines to write the story of the war and trying to find the line between what will evade the censorship and still remain true in depicting the brutality of what is being faced. It is far better to tell of the glory and the romance of battle, than how the bodies are rent, and flesh is burned. The censorship proves effective, and when one man returns home to his aristocratic English life, the distance between him and his wife and the lack of her understanding of what he has witnessed, is palpable. The intense reality of the front line brings two people together in a deep love that is usually reserved for those extreme occasions. The tragedy of survival leads one to a hermitlike existence in a monastery, where we are reminded that war makes atheists or believers of a person, and sometimes, that line is blurred as the human spirit fights to make it through the fog of pain. It is the spaces between the words where the truth, the emotions, and the pain, can be found. And it is an uncommon gift to read a novel, and feel not only what is described, but all that which fills those spaces. “The Illumination” is one such book. Writing with obvious passion for the subject, Wetherholt paints the reality of war in unflinching prose, describing the pain and horror of that particular event, where more than 9 million combatants and about 7 million civilians died, and where medical care was comparatively primitive under such extreme circumstances, including having to deal with the effects of poison gas. As Siegfried Sassoon asks: Have you forgotten yet?