By Elizabeth Speller
On July 1, 1913, 4 very assorted males are major 4 very various lives. Benedict is a British song scholar. Jean-Baptiste is a French blacksmith apprentice. Harry resides a lifetime of convenience together with his American spouse in long island, whereas working-class Frank, a chippie and coffinmaker, spends his spare time racing bicycles in London.
precisely 3 years later, it's only after seven within the morning, and there are a number of seconds of peace because the weapons at the Somme fall silent and larks start around the battlefield, making a song as they fly over the trenches. What follows is an afternoon of disaster within which Allied casualties quantity nearly 100000. A horror that will were unbelievable no longer see you later in the past will perpetually swap the lives of Benedict, Jean-Baptiste, Harry, and Frank.
From an writer who “combines a Ruth Rendell–like mental realism and a Dickensian think for life’s roulette,” The First of July is an unforgettable epic that captures the chaos of the early 20th century (The Wall road Journal). “Gritty, irritating, moody, and extremely actual, the novel’s mental influence is like these of Mary Doria Russell’s A Thread of Grace and Denis Johnson’s Tree of Smoke and asks readers to think about war’s excessive expenditures” (Booklist, starred review).
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