The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers by Delia Falconer
Reviewed by Gerry Donaghy
"Unfolding over the course of a single morning, The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers is a meditation on memory and the passage of time. But it's not as ponderous or dense as classics in this vein written by Proust, Joyce or Robert Musil. In the novel, Robert Benteen, a retired cavalry officer and famous in American history as a survivor of the Little Big Horn disaster, reflects on his life, the events leading up to that fateful moment, and its aftermath. His ruminations are set forth after receiving a letter from a young amateur historian who wants to set the record straight about Benteen's role in Custer's strategic fiasco. What transpires is one man's act of reclaiming memories and identities lost to the shifting fortunes of time." Read the entire Powells.com review.