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Now, God Be Thanked

(Loss of Eden #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Now, God Be Thanked: A Novel (His Loss of Eden)
Unknown Binding, 589 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by McGraw-Hill Companies
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Laura
Peace
Now, God be thanked Who has matched us with His hour,
And caught our youth, and wakened us from sleeping,
With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power,
To turn, as swimmers into cleanness leaping,
Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary,
Leave the sick hearts that honour could not move,
And half-men, and their dirty songs and dreary,
And all the little emptiness of love!

Oh! we, who have known shame, we have found release there,
Where there's no ill, no grief, but sleep has men
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Bettie☯
Aug 24, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura
This book is the first volume of a trilogy entitled LOSS OF DAY. The title is from a 1914 sonnet by Rupert Brooke:

Now, God be thanked Who has matched us with His hour,
And caught our youth, and wakened us from sleeping,
With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power,
To turn, as swimmers into cleanness leaping,
Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary,
Leave the sick hearts that honour could not move,
And half-men, and their dirty songs and dreary,
And all the little emptiness of love!

Oh! we
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Mr Roy Davidson
699 pages
Paul
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a superb book and I would recommend it to anyone. I had never heard of it but a few weeks ago I was debating TV coverage of World War 1 in an internet forum when someone recommended this book as an excellent work of fiction set in the great war. I looked the book up on Amazon and found that to buy it new would cost £50+, probably because it is out of print. However, used copies were available for £0.01 plus P&P so I ordered one.

The story begins just before the start of WW1 and ends i
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Frank
I was sold on the fact that this was to be a novel really centering on World War 1, but a great deal of it dealt with characters back in Great Britain, and their lives .
It portrays four families and does a poor job on just dropping you into so many of lives simultaneously with no real purpose at times.
The battlefield scenes as well as the soldiers do appear, but is limited in these 700 pages. Too much time is spent on one character who is a poacher and has an ax to grind against the resident Ea
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Tom
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was book one of a trilogy recounting England's experience during world war I. Set in a rural English community it follows the lives of four families , each representing a different stratum of society, from lowly tenant, to upper class Lord. All know that the war will ineluctably change their lives and the England they formerly knew transformed. This was an illuminating look of the class divide that existed in England at this time ; in addition through it's characters touching on other socia ...more
Bettie☯
Aug 19, 2012 marked it as wish-list  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Laura
ordered one penny wonder paperback 19/08/2012

Go to keep reading and FAST - the end of the world is in December this year *gasp*
Colleen              Chi-Girl
I've been unpacking some of my book boxes that have been in storage for almost a decade and I came across this one from c 1979. I remember only parts of this novel, that it was historical fiction set in England and about the war and how it affected those in England. It has a lot of drama with family members in England, in the IRA, and family members in the US. It's not just about the war, but history and complex relationships. Wish I could give you more!
Fi
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning I wasn't sure I was going to like it - or the characters; but it improved, & by the end I couldn't wait to move on to book 2
Andrée
Downton Abbey meets All Quiet on the Western Front
Kerki Marc
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oorlog
Deel van een schitterende trilogie
Terry
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when in the army myself many many years ago. Loved it then and love it now. Just sad that Kindle haven't available the next two in the trilogy.
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