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Forgotten Life (The Squire Quartet #2)

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Spanning half a century and three continents, Forgotten Life is the story of two brothers, Joseph and Clement Winter; of Clement's troubled marriage to his famous wife, Sheila; of Joseph's astonishing adventures in Burma and Sumatra during World War II; and of a soldier and scholar tied together by kinship and death.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published 1989 by Methuen Publishing Ltd (first published 1988)
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Derek Bridge
Subsequent to the death of his more adventurous brother, Clement examines his own life, which appears to be disintegrating. The vehicles for this include: his job (Oxford don), his brother's writings, marital arguments and psychoanalysis. Unfortunately, Clement is neither very interesting nor very likeable. It's hard to enjoy occupying so much of his headspace. On the other hand, this is probably what gives the novel some of its authenticity.
Spanning 50 years and three continents, from pre-war Suffolk to the Far East in the 1940s to Oxford and America in the present, this is the story of one man's re-examination of the meaning of his life, as juxtaposed with the lives of those around him.
Abandoned after 200 pages. Not bad, but the story was "saying nothing" to me.
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