The Lie

The Lie

Book - 2014
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"Cornwall, 1920. Daniel Branwell has survived the First World War and returned to the small fishing town where he was born. Behind him are the trenches and the most intense relationship of his life. As he works on the land, struggling to make a living in the aftermath of war, he is drawn deeper and deeper into the traumas of the past and memories of his dearest friend and his first love. As the drama unfolds, Daniel is haunted by the terrible, unforeseen consequences of a lie. Set in France during the First World War and in postwar Cornwall, this is a deeply moving and mesmerizing story of the 'men who marched away'" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9780802122544
Branch Call Number: FICTION DUNMORE
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 22 cm


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Oct 05, 2017

A really strong book, describing the after-effects on a young man of the suffering he and others went through in the first world war. When he returns home he finds himself working through flashbacks of the deaths of others in the mud, rain, and horrors of the war. As he tries to re-build his life, he touches base again with the sister of his best friend, and befriends an old woman whose land he's allowed to squat on and which he begins to farm for her. It's a very touching saga of the ties that can sometimes bind people so strongly that death itself not only cannot break them, but that great loss such as death can sometimes strengthen.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jul 22, 2015

Daniel Branwell returns from the battlefields of World War I to the quiet Cornish village of his childhood. Unemployed and homeless, he accepts the charity of an elderly recluse who allows him to build a shelter on her land. When she falls ill, she requests Daniel keep her demise a secret so she may avoid the indignity of dying in a poorhouse. This is the first of many lies which shape this poignant novel about the aftermath of the Great War.

Jul 26, 2014

A subtle, nuanced anti-war statement, this novel tells the story of two friends - one working class, one upper class - during WW I during the war and its aftermath. A wonderful book from a great writer.

Apr 26, 2014

In a word: Heartwrenching.Add two more: beautifully written.


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