No Man's Land

No Man's Land

A Novel

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"Inspired by the real-life experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I, Simon Tolkien delivers a...novel rife with class tension, period detail, and stirring action, ranging from the sharply divided society of northern England to the trenches of the Somme."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2017
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780385541978
038554197X
9780385541985
Branch Call Number: FICTION Tol
Description: 578 pages ; 25 cm

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tjdickey
Jul 22, 2017

The dead should be heard – or as Simon Tolkein puts it, the dead should not be buried in lies. “No Man’s Land” is a powerful evocation of Edwardian England largely from the ground level, almost an anti-“Downton Abbey.” His heroes are coal miners struggling to survive life in the Pit, socialist organizers fighting class warfare, unsung infantrymen in the trenches and fields of the Somme and a few tragically sympathetic officers, destitute mothers and widows, pastors driven mad by the overabundance of shallow graves to dig. This is an emotional read, an finely-wrought and epic tale of the attempt to remain human in the face of de-humanization on a massive and industrial scale.

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hRuth
Apr 09, 2017

Love these sagas and Simon Tolkien is a fine writer. It was very long thru the war battles, with extreme details of the awful trench warfare. This was an English story, but most appropriate as today is the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge and Canadians experienced the exact same horrors.
Adam was an honourable, young, main character who experienced many changes in himself and saw it in friends and adversaries as well. They grew to heroes.

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