During a train trip to Georgia, WWI veterans, deftly portrayed by narrator Adam Barr, experience continued grief and trauma. Soldier Mahon suffers the most hideous and heinous wounds. As a small circle of supporters surrounds him, escorting him home, Barr portrays the most notable characters, especially Joe and Mrs. Powers, with exceptional skill. Mahon holds onto the possibility of a life with his fiancée even though he has disfigurement that may taint her love. Barr inhabits the lives and souls of these mismatched characters with humanity and compassion. The novel employs some of the same narrative gymnastics explored in Faulkner's later work. This is a fine introduction to his literary prowess, and Barr makes it the best way to enjoy the journey. R.O. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2023]
Trade Ed. Dreamscape 2022
DD ISBN 9781666581171 $22.99
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