Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fear: A Novel of World War IFear: A Novel of World War I by Gabriel Chevallier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give this a five-star review with no hesitation. Its depiction of World War I from the perspective of a young, aware French soldier is brilliant, gripping, raw, and poetic. There are passages of such brilliance, honesty, and dark beauty that you don't know whether to fly through them or read the sections over and over because you don't want to leave them behind.

First published in 1930, it had been out of print for years. It deserves to be ranked with All Quiet on the Western Front and Red Badge of Courage.

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