Helen Dunmore ~ The Lie
Back Blurb :
Cornwall 1920, A Young man stand’s looking out to sea.
Behind him the horror of the trenches, and the most intense relationship of his life.
Ahead of him the terrible unforeseen consequences of a lie.
My View :
Simply stunning! What more can I say about this book? It is breathtaking Dunmore is a superb writer, her writing is raw and emotional.
This is a very simple story, it’s not taxing or over bearing but that simplicity make’s it all the more stunning. It’s all about a young WWI soldier; Danny who has survived the war and gone back home, a home that is so different to the one he left behind all those year’s before. Along with his pack he is carrying his awful memories’ of the battlefield’s and trenches’, he is carrying the grief of losing his best friend; whose memory is haunting Danny. We see Danny try to make a new life for himself, but with his one mistake, his one lie he find’s it increasingly difficult. The way Dunmore got into the mind of young tortured Danny is remarkable, his grief is raw and very real that you feel as though you are grieving with him.
There is some truly beautiful moment’s, where Danny forget’s all the horror that is circling his mind day in day out; there is also the ever-present harsh, and horrific scene’s where is unable to truly let go of the war and his lost friend but all that make’s a compelling and beautiful story that keep’s you reading until the very last page.
This is a perfect read especially for this time of year where we are all remembering and honouring our war dead and veteran’s, it also bring’s to attention the struggle’s that our veteran’s past and present go through once they have returned and that is something that we should all think about. There is just not enough word’s to describe how good this book is, obviously people will have their own view on it and may not love as much as me but as long as everyone read’s it – because I definitely think they should, then I’ll be happy. This should be on everyone’s bookshelf, it is definitely staying on mine.