Download e-book for iPad: 1914 (UK Edition) by Jean Echenoz

By Jean Echenoz

ISBN-10: 1595589244

ISBN-13: 9781595589248

5 Frenchmen burst off to struggle, of them forsaking a undeniable younger lady who longs for his or her go back. however the major personality in 1914 is the good conflict itself. Jean Echenoz, the multi–award–winning French literary magician whose paintings has been in comparison to Joseph Conrad and Lawrence Sterne, has introduced that deathtrap again to existence, prime us lightly from a balmy summer time day deep into the insatiable—and nonetheless unthinkable—carnage of trench warfare.
With the delicacy of a miniaturist and with irony either witty and clear–eyed, the writer deals us an intimate epic with the ambience of a vintage motion picture: within the landscape of a transparent blue sky, a biplane spirals unexpectedly into the floor; a tardy piece of shrapnel shears the pinnacle off a man's head as though it have been a soft–boiled egg; we dawdle dreamily in a spring–scented clearing with a lonely shell–shocked soldier walking innocently to a firing squad able to shoot him for desertion.
But eventually, the grace notes of humanity in 1914 upward push above the terrors of conflict during this fantastically crafted story that Echenoz tells with discretion, precision, and love.

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SEVEN I t took days to navigate the Thames and the English Channel, and Will came to expect to see the coast on the starboard side. But one morning when he woke from his sleep and went on deck, he looked out and saw only water. Sometime during the night the Ana Eliza had slipped into the open sea. He looked up at the sails that rose in splendor above him. It was an awesome sight. The Ana Eliza seemed such a tiny thing bobbing on the waves. As the fair skies and calm waters gave way to dirty weather, Will began to feel a bit of anxiety.

This time Will could see that the point of the knife was gone, broken clean off, leaving a long sharp blade without a point. One by one the crewmen came forward when their names were called. Those whose knives were not broken held them out to Smithson, who placed them on the iron anvil and whacked off the sharp point with his hammer, leaving the cutting edge unharmed. “If I had a knife, I’d not let him do that,” Will said. “You’ll be glad the first time one of the men gets mad at you. You haven’t been to sea with an angry seaman, but I have.

He looked embarrassed as he said it. “It’s a great rose,” Will answered. He felt nervous about meeting Tommy’s mother. But he followed Tommy through the front door, willing to endure just about anything if it would get him to Boston. ” Three little towheaded boys raced into the room and grabbed their brother by the legs, holding on while he dragged them toward the fireplace. A tiny woman turned from the pot that she was stirring and laughed. “You scags let go of your brother. Dog-tired he is and not needing three little puppies hanging on him.

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