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The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak
The Sojourn

2manybooks, September 26, 2012

When an author can combine poetry with prose so that the prose sings, despite the circumstances that the words are painting, then that author deserves my high rating, and this author does exactly that. With poetic description, he takes you from hope to despair, from the idyllic description of landscape to the gruesome description of dying mortals, from the beginnings of learning wisdom to the achievement of it. This book stands in sharp contrast to Ken Follett's Fall of Giants, another novel describing the conflict of WW I. While Follett's romanticization of WW I is engaging, Krivak's book depicts the conflict in its cold reality, with only the language of poetry to soften the impact on the reader. When a writer takes me on a personal journey of personal growth with its roller coaster ride of hopes and disappointments, I find it hard to say that I "enjoyed" the book but rather that I experienced the book and felt that experience deeply. I would read this again.
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