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Those Measureless Fields ❮BOOKS❯ ✻ Those Measureless Fields ✴ Author Caroline Scott – Captain Laurence Greene was gassed at Ypres He takes ten years to die With her fianc Joseph lost in France Effie Shaw spends a decade as Laurence's cook They share a roof a sweet tooth and a taste for Captain Laurence Greene was gassed at Ypres He takes ten years to die With her fianc Joseph lost in France Effie Shaw spends a decade as Laurence's cook They share a roof a sweet tooth and a taste for pastoral romances Propriety however prescribes that their sharing end there It is a surprise to Effie then when Laurence beueaths her a railway ticket the deeds to a tea shop and a declaration of his unspoken loveThe terms of Laurence's will reuire that Effie must travel to Ypres and visit her fianc's grave As Laurence had Those Measureless Epub / always told it Joseph met his end with a show of heroics But in carrying out Laurence's last reuests and following his wartime diary Effie is to discover something shocking Joseph wasn't uite as heroic as she was told and he also isn't uite so deadThe stories of three soldiers connect through Laurence's diary As Effie travels on from Passchendaele to Paris these men become linked together once again A decade on from the Armistice is the war really over at all Effie is about to realize just how many echoes and untidy ends has left behind.

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  1. Violet wells Violet wells says:

    The fragmentary form of this novel – a two tiered depiction of world war 1 and its aftermath – mirrors the sundering effect of those tragic times when so many individuals were left with the legacy of having to put back together again all the scattered and charred pieces of devastation the war left in its wake This is the task set for Effie the novel’s heroine who during the course of the novel becomes a kind of paean to the regenerative female principle in lifeEffie with her wry wit her naïve diffidence her laissez faire insularity her sweet tooth works as housekeeper for Captain Laurence Greene who for ten years has slowly been dying of mustard gas poisoning She seems to have come to terms with the death of her fiancé Joe a private in the same regiment as Laurence who was killed in the fighting supposedly dying a heroic death But Effie remains oblivious – she lives in a state of wilful ignorance for the early part of the novel – that Laurence is and always has been in love with her When Laurence dies at the beginning of the novel he beueaths to Effie a mission and a number of surprises The mission is to go to France to Ypres to visit her fiancé Joe’s graveOn the train she meets Henry another reticent convalescent of the Great War There’s immediate chemistry between her and Henry and finally Effie seems to acuire a possible future except her front of wilful ignorance is still inviolable – perhaps because first she has to revisit the past and make order of it before she can allow herself any ongoing pathwayEffie’s pilgrimage to France a kind of series of annunciations is now interspersed with flashbacks to the war from the point of view of both Laurence and Joe Most of the best writing in the novel is when we’re in the trenches or on the battlefields of the war The author does an admirable job of evoking the terror and horror the comradery and emotional inner life of a soldier’s life in those unprecedented times “He slid into a shell hole Small things crept in the busy earth He stared at the blood a startling slash of vermillion in a sepia landscape He watched its progress marbling in the mud Dirt fell in fragile showers that fizzed like fireworks The mud was in his eyes in his ears in his mouth The dirt ground against his teeth”All the central characters have a defining hashtag a recurring motif Effie has her cakes – a frivolity at the beginning that cleverly takes on a restorative symbolism as the novel unfolds; Laurence throughout clings to his faith in narrative; Joe’s spirit creature is the bird There’s a great scene when Joe is called upon to collect a homing pigeon “As they were reaching the outskirts of the village a shell tore through the barn just behind Suddenly the cage on his back was full of thrashing The basket was full of feathered frenzy Panic flailed in the box and then in his own chest The wings seemed to be beating inside his rib cage and Joe couldn’t breathe” All three – cake narrative and birds – will eventually reveal themselves to be purveyors of regenerationI don’t want to give the plot away only to say that it abounds with compelling twists and turns all the way through to the end Now and again there’s a regret that the war wasn’t written in a linear continuous form as perhaps a little of its gripping tension was lost by fragmenting the narrative However there’s an organic authenticity about the fragmentation which poignantly evokes the damage the war did and the challenge of putting everything back together it threw up in its nightmarish afterglow

  2. Sandie Zand Sandie Zand says:

    This is a poignantly balanced story told in two timeframes one during the First World War in the muddy and bloody trenches and fields of France and another 15 years later following that same path through France now in the process of repairing and trying somehow to forget as Effie Shaw searches for the grave of her fiancéEffie is a likeable woman loyal kind witty and naïvely unaware of the truths of those she loved and lost until she inherits a diary written by the soldier for whom she's acted as housekeeper and friend for 10 years and instructions of a journey she must take through France as a condition of his will What follows is an engaging intriguing story as Effie sets out on the route instructed by Laurence in a series of `letters from the grave' to find the real truth of his and her fiancé's warI say `poignantly balanced' because of the skilled and utterly compelling way in which the author contrasts war entrenched France with its later bruised battered optimistic self in those immediate post war years The scenes on the battlefields and in the trenches are heart breaking Clearly the author's knowledge of the time period the back flap tells us she has a PhD in history with a special interest in WW1 comes to the fore in creating these bloody scenes as incredibly believable moments But there's no dry history here it is her skill as a novelist and observant human being that takes us inside the heads of those men to show their fears desires the way in which the smallest pleasure comes to mean so much and the total desperation of those who know their odds of dying as they climb over the edge of the trench far outweigh their chances of survivalThis would be a relentlessly dark read if not for the other people with whom Effie mingles the ladies at the tearoom back home the folk she meets along her journey Henry the wounded soldier who encourages her to be daring to dance to drink champagne and of course Reginald the affable dog with a penchant for sugared mice and brandy cream Their stories balance the bleak landscape of war ridden France and curiously act both as respite from those darker scenes and also as poignant contrast ensuring the full horror of that war those thousands of wasted lives remains with the reader long after the final page has been turned

  3. Pj Pj says:

    A really good read about World War 1 and its aftermath Manages to be both heartbreaking and very funny at times with the main character Effie a delightful creation

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