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A heart rending tale of friendship in wartime that deserves a place on the shelf beside the great books of wartime literature The trenches of the Western Front are the. I had not read Susan Hill before but when I ve seen her titles I thought she veered toward ghost stories As I chose to read this because it continues my exploration of WWI I wasn t sure what to expect from her It was nothing of what might have been and is a fine contribution to the sub genre By the next war the message will have got through There will never be another war There will always be wars Men couldn t be so stupid John After all this Isn t the only real purpose of our being here to teach them that lesson how bloody useless and pointless the whole thing is Men are naturally stupid and they do not learn from

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Barton The lyrical beauty of Hill's narrative draws the reader in and doesn't let go This little novel is a gem compelling and moving a treat for all readers of fiction. WWI officer John Hilliard returns to France after spending several months in England recovering from a serious wound He is shocked to find that of the officers he had previously served with most are dead or disabled and those few who are not suffer from severe mental and emotional wounds rage bitterness despair madness He tries to isolate himself emotionally to avoid breaking down but is brought out of his shell by David Barton a friendly warm hearted officer who has not yet seen combat The two uickly become close friends and John suspects that the feeling between them may be than friendship But as the time approaches for them to go up to the front

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Setting for this story of the extraordinary devotion that develops between silent morose John Hillard full of war's futility and his as yet unscathed trench mate David. Set in the First World War Beautifully written it almost reads like a poem if not exactly Wilfred Owen s poem of the same title Trench horror contrasts with the unreality of life in Blighty experienced by one of the characters in the novel home on leave so unreal he can t wait to get back to FranceThe strange meeting is that between two officers John and David David and Jonathan and the resulting bond between them One of them writes as a poet might OwenIt brought the war its horrors and ironies home to me in an unforgettable way


10 thoughts on “Strange Meeting

  1. says:

    I don't think this is a very well known or celebrated book but with the exception of Barker's Regeneration Trilogy I can't think of another World War I story that has moved me as deeply While in many ways a subt

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    I had not read Susan Hill before but when I've seen her titles I thought she veered toward ghost stories As I chose to read this because it continues my exploration of WWI I wasn't sure what to expect from her It was nothing of what might have

  4. says:

    A deeply moving and beautifully written story set during World War 1

  5. says:

    Set in the First World War Beautifully written it almost reads like a poem if not exactly Wilfred Owen's poem of the same

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    Despite the inevitability of their being sad and depressing I will persist in reading novels about the First World War Maybe I’d stop if there wasn’t so much well written fiction about the war and indeed wars in general In this case 'Strange Meeting' is an account of the relationship between two officers ove

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    This sad and haunting tale of the deep friendship which evolves between two officers serving in the trenches during WW1 is so well written and has such sensitivity that it couldn't fail to be movingOf the two men one is already emotionally scarred by his experiences but the other is as yet untouched by this dreadful war and has yet to discover what it meant to serve on the front lineI've read many books about this confli

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    Once I knew I was going to write Strange Meeting it actually fell into place remarkably easily I suppose there are two ways a writer can tackle such a subject One way is to write a very long panoramic historical novel attempting to

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    WWI officer John Hilliard returns to France after spending several months in England recovering from a serious wound He is shocked to find that of the officers he had previously served with most are dead or disabled and those few who are not suffer from severe mental and emotional wounds rage bitterness despair madness He tries to isolate hi

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    A short but beautiful book It doesn't have the scope of All uiet on the Western Front or other war related books like For Whom the Bell Tolls It's very focused on a short space of time and only two real locations The first is England the home of a recuperating John Hilliard recently invalided out of the Trenches and on leave to rec

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