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Peacetime

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  28 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
In 1946, into a suspicious and isolated community comes James Mercer, employed in the demolition of gun platforms. He befriends the wife and daughter of Lynch, a soldier soon to be released from the military. Lynch's return threatens violence; and in a place where nothing has changed for decades, where peacetime feels no different than wartime, Mercer finds himself powerle ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Transworld Publishers (first published 2002)
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Bev Walkling

From very early on in my reading of this book I felt a darkness hanging over the story and it felt almost like I was holding my breath waiting for the something bad to happen. Set in 1946 in an isolated community on the Fenland Coast of England, James Mercer, a demobilized soldier, has been hired to oversee the demobilization of gun platforms, which were part of England’s defence system, which were never really used. It is a thinly veiled secret that the homes most of the local people are living
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Trawets
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Peacetime by Robert Edric is set on the Fenland coast in the summer of 1946. James Mercer a former Royal Engineers officer is employed supervising the demolition of a gun site and the laying of foundations for a Coastguard station whose construction will lead to the eventual destruction of nearby houses.
James Mercer befriends a number of characters including a Dutch Jewish concentration camp survivor, a German POW hoping to stay in England and the wife and daughter of a man shortly to be release
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David Grieve
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another evocative, psychological drama from Edric. His style is constantly unsettling adding to the intrigue. The story is simple; a man, Mercer, comes to a closed community to lead a team of workers dismantling the now disused gun platforms, shortly after the end of WWII. The cast of characters is almost exclusively a Jew, a German POW, Mercer and a few of the villagers. The relationships, prejudices, histories and aspirations make the tale.

Not an easy read but a very satifying and enjoyable on
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Ugh. If condensed into a short story it would have been ok, but it was 352 pages of repetitive drivel on post WWII Britain.
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Robert Edric (b. 1956) is the pseudonym of Gary Edric Armitage, a British novelist born in Sheffield.
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