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No Man's Land

2.88  ·  Rating details ·  113 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
On July 1, 1916, the best and the brightest of a generation of Newfoundland men were virtually wiped out. From every bay and cove and town, from fishing stage to merchant's home, they marched off to the Great War, proud members of their very own Newfoundland Regiment, never suspecting what one terrible morning of treachery would bring. The Battle of Beaumont Hamel is consi ...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published August 19th 2005 by Pennywell Books
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Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I decided to read No Man’s Land by Kevin Major, because of its importance in Newfoundland history. It is about the disastrous attack on the first day of the Battle at Somme in World War I, when two-hundred and seventy-two young Newfoundland men lost their lives. When picking this historical novel, I knew I ran some risks. First, although it is studied by Newfoundland high school students as part of their curriculum, No Man’s Land is an adult novel. A second reason I ran a risk is that war storie ...more
Maria Park
Mar 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
This could have been a beautiful and breathtaking short story. Unfortunately, it's over twice as long as it needs to be and drags on and on.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
“No man’s land” Is an incredibly interesting and intriguing book filled with interesting characters and an even more interesting setting. Kevin Major has perfectly captured the true sense of camaraderie, friendships, and hardships, that many soldiers experienced on the battle field of world war 1 and puts a great twist on the somewhat over-saturated war novel genre. However, for as much as I liked certain parts of this book this novel has an incredibly glaring issue that is not to be passed over ...more
Sarah Hearn
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Jun 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Avid WW1 scholars
How I Came To Read This Book: Canadian Literature – the Maritimes half of the course.

The Plot: Is incredibly similar to ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’, only this time we’re looking at a band of boys from Newfoundland. The special hook here is that – based on a real story – the island suffered heavily in the particular WW1 1916 battle looked at in the story. Over 270 boys were killed in one fell swoop, with no other regiment suffering as many casualties. There is a protagonist, but just like wi
Jerry Cranford
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“This past summer in Trinity, among those who had come to No Man’s Land was a very, very old man. At the end, he stood up and he said, ‘I knew these men. I knew them.’ It was, in its simplicity, the most powerful statement that one could ever hear about the play.” -- Donna Butt

“Kevin Major is among the best Canadian writers of his generation. He has established himself as a figure of singular importance in our literature.” -- John Moss

"No Man's Land is a gripping drama. . . . The tale is well to
Tyler Jones
Newfoundland was still separate from Canada in 1916, when the Battle of the Somme would claim more casualties for the British Empire than any other campaign of the first world war. On the first day of the battle, the Newfoundlanders suffered the greatest losses of any regiment when its men were sent directly into the line of enemy fire. In a single day most of the First Newfoundland Regiment was wiped out in losses that would touch nearly every community in Newfoundland. Major's straight forward ...more
I think the story even though it was fiction was told with great detail or description of what the men in WW1 might have seen and went through. How close those men must have been realizing that it could all end a any moment. The trying at times but strong relationships between the general an his men on what they didn't know where the last hours of their lives. It makes you realize how much we can take for granted with what we have today.
A great tribute to the Newfoundland Regiment of World War I. History told with dignity, compassion and truth. A very meaningful way to introduce the Battle of the Somme and the reality of military men who who sacrificed all to our young people of today.
Jul 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school, newfie
never reading this book ever again -_- we had to read this book for school and the writing is good but nothing happens! up until like the 17th chapter they haven't even left for the trenches!
Very sad Story from the War .
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Kevin Major was born on September 12, 1949, five months after Newfoundland became the tenth province of Canada. He grew up next to an American Air Force base in Stephenville, on the province's west coast.

His interest in writing in elementary school led to the creation of some dreadful poetry. In high school, his skills improved to the point where a teacher in Grade Ten predicted that he would wri
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