The Winter Soldier
Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a wel ...more
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She like so many other women wanted the basic family life that is central to happiness. She wanted a husband and a child and of course to have them in a world not crumbling from war.
She was hiding her identity maybe to escape an old relationship that she felt was dangerous or to escape the loss of a loved one. Maybe a man she thought she might never see again.
This was a time when communication was limited, when death was common. People were forced to move on from personal loss in a much more immediate way than in our modern times. (less)
Lucius has always (always) wanted to be a doctor.
There was something quite primitive and horrid about it.
Despite his parents many objections, there was never any doubt in his mind what he was going to do.
Well, until WWI broke out.
Faced with the absolutely terrifying new world, Lucius takes an opportunity to obtain firsthand experience in the medical field by signing up for the war.
His parents? Less than pleased...but his mother ( oh that mother! ) decides to make the best of a bad ...more
Historical fiction is a favorite genre for me, but I have not read a lot of books about WWI. While this is a war story, it doesn’t take place on the battlefield field. The majority of the story takes place at a field hospital in a church in a place called Lemnowice, in the Carpathian Mountains. Twenty two year old Lucius Krzelewski is a medical student from a well to do Polish family in Vienna in 1914. He has a passion for his medical studies, and sees the war as a disruption, but histo ...more
And thus begins the life of a physician. Not even completed his training, Lucius is pulled into the war in 1914, romanticizing the opportunity to finally practice on real patients.
But the reality wasn’t the medicine he was hoping to practice. It was a fix them as best you can to send them back to the front to fight. And the ones who came back with no visible wounds were the ones that deeply disturbed him t ...more
The year is 1914. Lucius is a young medical student in Vienna, when the war breaks out and he immediately becomes a “War Doctor.”
Lucius is sent to Lemnowice in the Carpathian Mountain, where the conditions are barbaric: Amputations, Gonorrhea, Lice and Typhus - to name a few. The “Hospital” is infested with rats and the situation is deplorable. Truth be told, he is completely unprepared. Thankfully, Sister Margarete, the nurse on the premises, teaches him everything she knows and it is b ...more
It’s the beginning of World War I. I’ve always considered WWI a complicated mess of a war. It’s known for its high casualties and gruesome war fare. The 1915 winter campaign in the Carpathian Mountains was a disaster for the Austrio- Hungarian forces fighting the Russians. Ill equipped for battle, let alone winter, they struggle to hang on t ...more
I have expanded my reading horizons this year by being open to other genres and writing styles that are rather new for me. By doing so, I have read a number of books that I would not have even considered just months prior. I’m amazed to think what I would be missing by not taking some chances!
I was attracted to Winter Soldier because of its title and cover and because of the medical theme. It looked more literary that what I usually read so I downloaded the first chap ...more
I really enjoyed this novel and I picked this one up in the book store purely because I could not resist the stunning cover.
image: The front cover of the novel I own as above is taking from a painting (as stated on i ...more
I was captivated by this story from the first pages. I h ...more
On the good side was the beautiful writing. No one can question the author's talent at setting the scene and describing the action. The characters are well drawn too particularly Lucius, his mother and Margarete. Especially Margare ...more
This is my favourite type of Historical Fiction. Stories that follow ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events during the war. Be they doctors, soldiers, nurses or civilians, everyone has a story that needs telling.
This story follows Lucius Krzelewski, from a well-off Austrian family, through his years of medical training. Mason highlights how training during this time was not hands on but merely observation only. When the war breaks out the stude ...more
***THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
War and its consequences, not only does it take lives, its takes limbs, minds, and the will to carry on. Yet, it also gives some strength they never knew they possessed. It is the strength of the gods, the stamina of the brave, the courage of the undaunted, and the determination of the strong to carry on where others would fail.
Lucius Krzelewski is a Polish medical student. He came from a wealthy family, a quiet introspective young man, a stutterer, a ma ...more
After many delays, he is finally posted to a field hospital in Galicia in the shadow of the Carpathian Mountains i ...more
The Winter Soldier is that kind of book—plot-driven, for the most part, but also insightful in its focus on what happens to those who pay witness to the war as medics and nurses.
And just about everything goes wrong for Lucius, the young medical student at the center of this historical novel set during World War I. The scion of a wealthy family in Vienna, Lucius has disappointed his ambitious mother and his ...more
* Its lyrical and descriptive prose.
*The storyline is unusual. The central character is a Viennese medical student, and the story is set during the First World War in a small mountain village in Galicia, and there, in a field hospital consigned to the village church. From here the story expands to other locations in Galicia.
*This is a love story, but here the angle is unusual too. Two people love not only each other but their (view ...more
I had a lot of trouble getting into this book. I felt it read like a foreign dictionary. I was disappointed. I so liked Mason's book The Piano Tuner and was excited to get a chance to read this one. I had so much trouble starting this novel that I almost set it aside. I realize now that having done that would have been a loss for me.
Lucius, dreams of being a sur ...more
I'm talking 1914. The War to End All Wars. And why, may I ask, is war so capital-R Romantic when it's in the rearview mirror? Isn't Hell hell from any angle? I thought so.
Anyway, what we have here is Dr. Zhivago Light, my friends. At 22, Lucius Krzelew ...more
Along with a few orderlies, Lucius, and the hospital’s only nurse, Sister Margarete, care for the patients as b ...more
This book does what great historical fiction does for me – magically transports me to another time and place. This time it's to follow Lucius, a wealthy young man training to be a doctor in Vienna in 1914. Before he can complete his studies, war breaks out and he enlists. He is sent to a remote field hospital in the Carpathian Mountains.
Discovering that he is the only “doctor” at the field hospital, he is forced to quickly learn battlefield medicine with ...more
The novel tells the story of Lucius Krzelewski of Vienna, an inexperienced young medical student who shows much promise but is frustrated by the limitations of medical school. When war breaks out, a friend convinces Lucius that he can get first-hand experi ...more
Perhaps if you go there, they will know.
And on. And he would continue, a ghost searching for its flesh.”