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  • Paperback
  • 182
  • Strange Meeting
  • Susan Hill
  • English
  • 15 August 2017
  • 9780879238308

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Free read ç eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Susan Hill Summary Strange Meeting ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Barton The lyrical beauty of Hill's narrative draws the reader in and doesn't let go This little novel is a gem compelling and moving a treat for all readers of fiction. Once I knew I was going to write Strange Meeting it actually fell into place remarkably easily I suppose there are two ways a writer can tackle such a subject One way is to write a very long panoramic historical novel attempting to capture the whole sweep of the war But there was no way I could have done that or wanted to I have never been interested in that kind of book neither as a writer nor as a readerThe alternative was to write a novel of the war in microcosm to create a small world within the great one of the whole war So the book is really about two young men and their meeting their relationship set in a few places over a few short months in one particular small corner of the Great War So says Susan Hill in the afterword to this novel and it encapsulates the story in a nutshell Because this is essentially the tale of two young men one serious and reserved the other jolly and outgoing and their unlikely friendship A friendship made possible only by warThe story is set during the First World War on the war front in France Lieutenant John Hilliard belongs to a family of stiff upper lipped Britishers his only close companion is his elder sister Beth As John is temporarily invalided out of the army due to a leg injury he finds that he can no longer empathise with them not even his beloved sister The fact that she is going to marry a widower many years her senior just for security does nothing for his peace of mind John s sleep what little he can get is beset with nightmares and he is actually relieved when he has to report back to the frontBut his unit has also changed irrevocably in his absence Many of the oldies are either dead or maimed The Commanding Officer Garret is disillusioned to the point of despair Men who have been planning to finish the war and go home for Christmas is getting used to the fact they are in for a long haul in the trenchesThe only ray of sunshine in this atmosphere of gloom and doom is David Barton John s roommate A member of large and warm family that is the antithesis of the Hilliard family Barton goes about spreading cheer He does not have a negative word for anyone or anything Though initially annoyed with this sunniness Hilliard slowly comes to appreciate his roommate s persona and what it means for the whole unit Ironically as the days go by and the war gets dirtier Barton slowly loses his positivity but by that time John has been converted He tells his friend that he is the most essential thing in the unitAs the novel slowly proceeds to its inevitable tragic conclusion John Hilliard realises that he has finally gained a real family through Barton s letters in which he featured prominently a family which his own can never hope to emulate The last sentence of the book says John looked up and ahead In context it is a simple statement but if we look beyond the written word it marks a profound transformation in a man who used to look only within and backward Strange Meeting is a very simply written novel There are no frills no flowery metaphors no colourful phrases like the life of the soldier at the front it is largely boringly humdrum But as the story proceeds the transformation from the beauty of the French landscape to the mud and sleet of the trenches in autumn is masterfully done We feel the descent into doom and despair along with the protagonists the last part of the book is rather painful to get through Yet for all its darkness this a story of light the light of camaraderie and friendship

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Free read ç eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Susan Hill Summary Strange Meeting ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF A heart rending tale of friendship in wartime that deserves a place on the shelf beside the great books of wartime literature The trenches of the Western Front are the. I had not read Susan Hill before but when I ve seen her titles I thought she veered toward ghost stories As I chose to read this because it continues my exploration of WWI I wasn t sure what to expect from her It was nothing of what might have been and is a fine contribution to the sub genre By the next war the message will have got through There will never be another war There will always be wars Men couldn t be so stupid John After all this Isn t the only real purpose of our being here to teach them that lesson how bloody useless and pointless the whole thing is Men are naturally stupid and they do not learn from experience This is but one of the conversations between the two main characters John Hilliard and David Barton One of the things I hearread from men who have participated in war andor any military experience is that they are able to form close relationships despite or because of the stresses inflicted upon them Strange Meeting is the story of such a relationship In this way it is different from other WWI novels I have readWhile reading I came to finally recognize one of the primary differences between most WWI literature and WWII literature Of course this is a somewhat of a generalization but WWI literature is usually told from the point of view of the soldier while WWII literature is told from the viewpoint of the civilian Most of the novels I have encountered have been on the Western Front I feel I have neglected the so many other parts of the world where battles were fought It will probably continue to be so but I ll try to find a few novels to broaden my horizons

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Free read ç eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Susan Hill Summary Strange Meeting ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Setting for this story of the extraordinary devotion that develops between silent morose John Hillard full of war's futility and his as yet unscathed trench mate David. Set in the First World War Beautifully written it almost reads like a poem if not exactly Wilfred Owen s poem of the same title Trench horror contrasts with the unreality of life in Blighty experienced by one of the characters in the novel home on leave so unreal he can t wait to get back to FranceThe strange meeting is that between two officers John and David David and Jonathan and the resulting bond between them One of them writes as a poet might OwenIt brought the war its horrors and ironies home to me in an unforgettable way