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3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Set in Galicia at the Polish Front during WW I, the protagonist is an Englishman working for the Red Cross on the side of the Russians (a physical disability has kept him out of the armed military). He is a keen observer of human nature, profoundly empathetic and analytical, and although he is nearly always just outside the scenes of actual battle, he is absorbed with the ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published October 11th 2007 by BiblioLife (first published January 1st 1916)
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Mark
Jul 30, 2009 Mark rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romantics who can overlook some clunky dialogue
Recommended to Mark by: My second hand bookshop angel
Shelves: favorites, war-works
In the back of ' The cathedral ' another novel by Hugh Walpole there is a whole section of single line quotations of reviews of some of his other works. One of the lines quoted for this novel, ' The Dark Forest ' is as follows

" the best picture of life in a field-ambulance on the Eastern Front that has yet been written. " - Saturday Review

Now call me nit-picking but that has always struck me a tad as damning with faint praise. I mean to say how many accounts of the life in a field ambulance on t
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Laura
Nov 12, 2016 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wanda
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Sep 16, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Set in Galicia at the Polish Front during WW I, the protagonist is an Englishman working for the Red Cross on the side of the Russians (a physical disability has kept him out of the armed military). He is a keen observer of human nature, profoundly empathetic and analytical, and although he is nearly always just outside the scenes of actual battle, he is absorbed with the interplay and conflicts among his fellow medics as their personalities alter and evolve under the pressure and strain of war. ...more
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Jul 01, 2015 Evan Hughes rated it liked it
A very introspective look at a volunteer medical unit on the Russian front in WWI. Much is made of a love triangle that is never really resolved throughout the book, unless you consider becoming a casualty of war a resolution.
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May 10, 2014 Rebecca Jaroszewski rated it really liked it
It was a bit bland at some times but the overall story was beautiful. I have a weakness for books about war, especially war in Russia. I couldn't put it down for days.
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Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole was an English novelist. A prolific writer, he published thirty-six novels, five volumes of short stories, two plays and three volumes of memoirs. His skill at scene-setting, his vivid plots, his high profile as a lecturer and his driving ambition brought him a large readership in the United Kingdom and North America. A best-selling author in the 1920s and 1930s, his works ...more
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