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Very Long Engagement : Vintage War - Sebastien Japrisot

Very Long Engagement

Vintage War

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During the First World War five French soldiers, accused of a cowardly attempt to evade duty, are bundled into no-man's land and certain death. Five bodies are later recovered, the families are notified that the men died in the line of duty and the whole, distasteful incident appears closed. After the war the fianc-e of one of the men receives a letter which hints at what might have happened. Mathilde Donnay determines to discover the fate of her beloved amid the carnage of battle. A Very Long Engagement turns into an unusual and engrossing thriller as she discovers an increasing number of people trying to put her off the scent. Japrisot's achievement is to have written a novel that is both a suspenseful thriller and one which transforms a single small incident into the epitome of all wartime atrocities. The d-nouement, when it finally happens, is moving and horribly convincing.

"A fierce, elliptical novel that's both a gripping philosophical thriller and a highly moving meditation on the emotion consequences of war." New York Times

ISBN: 9780099593997
ISBN-10: 9780099449294
Series: Vintage War
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st April 2014
Publisher: Vintage
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.6 x 11.1  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.17