I try to read just about anything that crosses my path having to do with World War One. This mystery is pretty long-winded, but what I appreciate from Todd is his psychological descriptions of the people who were fighting in that war. Especially the British and French men and women who were in combat for YEARS, if they survived. The emotional toll was devastating, and Todd helps us glimpse this trauma. My grandfather went over in 2017 with the AEF, and was gassed. I never talked to him about his experience. He saw very little combat, being there for only about one year, and was invalided out just before the Armistice. I read these books to try to discern what his experience may have been like.

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