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The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock
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This is not a "great" book, but as is clear from my five stars I really loved it. It is about three young men in England right before World War I, and goes halfway through World War I, describing their war experiences and their love relationships. There was something terribly moving to me about these youths on the precipice of the disaster that was World War I, soon to be caught up in the dreadful maw of trench warfare and be forever changed by it. The effect of war on one of the boys, a young, somewhat feckless aristocrat, was particularly well rendered, but I enjoyed all the stories. It's one of those books that I can open any time, curl up and reread with great enjoyment -- and sadness, because, like GONE WITH THE WIND, it catalogues not only individual stories but the passing of an era. In the case of GWTW it is a good thing the era passed, but I still feel nostalgic about the upstairs downstairs days of the great English country houses and their gracious lifestyle.
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