A Soldier of the Great War: Library Edition
ISBN 10: 1605145068 / 1-60514-506-8
ISBN 13: 9781605145068
Publication Date: 2008
Alessandro Giuliani is the son of a prosperous Roman lawyer whose idyllic youth is halted by World War I, when he's imprisoned for desertion and the army nurse he loves is killed. How he matures and relates his experiences of life are the basis of this novel, by the author of "Winter's Tale".
Helprin's monumental novel about transcending cynicism and hopelessness even in the midst of a slaughter like WWI presents a narrator with a sizable challenge. Characters, particularly the protagonist, Alessandro Guiliani, a professor of aesthetics turned infantryman, often speak less in ordinary dialogue than in philosophical treatises. On the written page readers can overlook the contrivance, but will they tire of these lectures when read aloud? If David Colacci is the narrator, the answer is absolutely not. He invests the dialogue with such intellectual conviction and ardor that the conversations convey dynamism and naturalness. In this way, Colacci keeps listeners enthralled not only by Alessandro's extraordinary wartime adventures but also by his synthesis of these shattering experiences. M.O. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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