Synopses & Reviews
Brilliant in its stark depiction of trench warfare in World War I, this lost classic was privately printed in a limited edition in 1930. British censors initially suppressed the short novel because of itsand#160;tough antiwar viewsand#160;and sympathetic portrayals of German soldiers,and#160;and evenand#160;today's readers may be unprepared for itsand#160;scenes of horrific battlefield carnageand#160;and men driven to madness byand#160;relentless psychological stress. Providing a new view of an underappreciated Canadian author, the book also stands as a fascinating addition to the comparatively small shelf ofand#160;literature by writers who fought in the Great War.
"Hanley is possibly one of the best novelists writing in the English language today, and should be recognized for his honesty and ability to deal directly with life."and#160; and#151;William Faulkner, Times Literary Supplement
"Why are these men in hell? Mr. Hanley leaves us to find the answer. But what force and vitality there are in this presentation of men driven to madness under inconceivable stress of modern war."and#160; and#151;Richard Aldington, author, Images of War: A Book of Poems
About the Author
James Hanley wasand#160;a Canadian authorand#160;best known in the 1930s and 1940s forand#160;his many detective novels. Hisand#160;eventful early life included a childhood in Dublin, jumpingand#160;ship in New Brunswick as a 15-year-old during World War I,and#160;enlistment in theand#160;Canadian army,and#160;and deployment to the European theater. Bruce Meyer is the author of more thanand#160;20 books, includingand#160;The Golden Thread: A Reader's Journey Through the Great Books and seven collections of poetry. He lives in Toronto.