The protagonist of this World War II novel is a prisoner of the German army in France. In order to keep himself sane while denying the charges and absorbing the beatings of his captors, Richard Temple conducts a minute examination—one might almost call it a prosecution—of his own life.
Temple escapes from a blighted childhood and his widowed, alcoholic mother thanks to an a...more
Patrick O'Brian's Richard Temple is a nice character study, but the storyline is not engaging enough. Hell, I can hardly remember what the story is about now!
I love O'Brian and think he's a great writer, but this needed to move more. It reminded me Camus's starkness (if I'm recalling correctly, it's been a while) of story, while being terribly English in emotion. Still, the language is beautiful and the characterization fantastic. In no way does this book deter me from wanting to read more of O' ...more
I think this is the one he wrote when he was living in France, certainly a certain influence from his friendship with Picasso seems to have seeped in, and a hint about his war past, but not much.
With every book I read of his I love him more. What a disturbingly intelligent man he is.
The premise behind the story is good: an English prisoner of war, locked away in a dark cell, reflects upon his life in stolen moments between beating ...more
Set in the ...more