Apr 26, 10
Read in April, 2010
Elizabeth Wilson's WAR DAMAGE is a dark psychological drama set in post-WW2 Great Britain. The book jacket characterizes it as a mystery--and perhaps it is, because it evokes the same fear, distrust, betrayal, and sense of impending doom that occurs in some of the great classics of film noir. And, I love film noir---so why did I find this book so unsettling? Maybe because there was not a single character that the reader could really admire or bond with: everyone was flawed. And the author created so many sub-plots, red-herrings and penchants for wrong-doing that I became totally muddled.
This is one of many novels that seem to be focusing on World War II and its lasting effect on people. That aspect of Wilson's book appealed to me, but I felt that her flawed personalities would have gone wrong with or without the war. I am not sorry I read this book; I just wish that someone had emerged from the crowded cast of characters to add a touch of humanity.