My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You
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Peter is nice enough but less than interesting and his wife Julia is a vapid and tedious character on whom far too much time is wasted. At times this book was heart-wrenching and I felt absolutely miserable for what Riley had to endure. Truly, this is a love story — the story of Riley Purefoy and Nadine Waveney, childhood sweethearts separated by more than the war. Honestly, I want to track these people down and punch them in their fucking necks, but Goodreads would probably ban me.
He begins to have trouble communicating with Nadine, afraid to tell her real things, but he builds strong loyalties and friendship with comrades, especially his Captain, Peter Locke. The storyline hopped between London and France during WWI, a period in history that I have never taken much time to learn about. Pour moi, le roman de Louisa Young n'est pas tout à fait du même niveau littéraire que ceux que je viens de mentionner. He is working class and becomes a type of protegee for Nadine's family - until she has 'inappropriate' feelings for him.
His techniques have led to the growth of today's cosmetic surgery practices, a point whose irony is clear from the book.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book and what I got from reading it was a unique insight into the way that war can worm it's way into every part of your life. She was for many years a freelance journalist, working mostly for the motorcycle press, for Marie Claire and for the Guardian.It is also a love story: a story of what love can make people do, and not just "romantic love" but also, for example, the love that a mother may have for a son, or a doctor for his patient, or the love that a soldier may have for a former, now dead, soldier. I thought the ending was well written, but will refrain from explaining why as not to ruin anything, I did find the last scenes interesting and even left me wanting a bit more, although I don’t know if it would have even been appropriate to go beyond the point the author did. It took me a while to sink into the plot and the characters, but once I did they appeared in my thoughts when I put the novel down and although I enjoyed this novel and thought about it when I wasn’t reading it, I felt it could have been much more captivating.