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review 14 author Jean Echenoz Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB Voir s’ils vont revenir uand Et dans uel état. As suggested by its title 1914 serves as both the key and the cornerstone of the story A story shaped in every way by war 1914 has as its focus 5 men from the Vend e in the Loire Region of France Anthime an accountant by training his cousin Charles who felt himself superior to his 4 compatriots Padioleau a skilled butcher Bossi and Arcenel who joined the Army the day after mobilization was declared and were assigned to the same regiment at the Front in the earliest days of the war The author does a good job of conveying the euphoria felt across France at the time A euphoria that soon evaporated once the first casualties occurred and stalemate took hold across the Front Casualties that would grow to a horrifying degree as the war advanced Charles who had connections would secure a transfer to the Aviation Militaire serving as an observer on a photo reconnaissance airplane The others would continue to serve in the trenches weathering battle after battle The war would reshape them too But I leave it to the reader of this review to find out for himherself how all 5 men are impacted by their experiences SPECIAL NOTE The Translator s Notes at the back at the book offer some richly informative remarks that will give any reader of 1914 a full flavor of the events and practices of the era within France I recommend reading them as well

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review 14 author Jean Echenoz Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB Tend le retour de deux d’entre eux Reste à sa. Jean Echenoz one of France s most talented and versatile writers here tackles a formidable topic the First World War which has already inspired a small library of great literature He succeeds at his task somewhat surprisingly without relying upon either historical breadth or psychological depth 14 has an extremely small cast of characters essentially five young men recruited together and one young woman left behind All these are portrayed strictly from the outside For example one of the recruits is unjustly accused of desertion and is executed without any direct indication of how he feels about this horrifying process The narrative focus not only avoids direct psychological penetration but also stays largely upon minutiae lice rats consuming bits of human flesh jewelry one soldier makes from shell casings containers of urine catapulted into enemy trenches etc Echenoz s genius in this and other novels is the way his complex elegant prose so often dissolves into humor here very dark humor With 14 he has taken a well worn subject and presented it in a fresh powerful and deeply disturbing way It fully deserves to be added to the list of great World War I novels I should note in conclusion that Echenoz s French is much difficult than Gaude or Dicker reviewed previously and was a real stretch for this reader Fortunately he is one of those few contemporary French writers regularly translated into English

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review 14 author Jean Echenoz Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB Cin hommes sont partis à la guerre une femme at. A disarmingly simple novella of the Great WarAt only 109 pages plus the copious and very informative notes by the translator Linda Coverdale Jean Echenoz novella might seem too slight to cover even the last months of 1914 when France entered a war expected to last only a few weeks let alone to deny its title by going all the way to the armistice in 1918 But its almost casual brevity is the secret of its power Echenoz describes the explosion of shells in the French trenches with much the same objective simplicity as he pictures the new recruits parading on that sunny August Sunday in their town suare Deaths in the air deaths underground an execution for desertion all take their place in a procession of events large and small they are just things that happenEchenoz begins with a striking image apparently borrowed from Victor Hugo Out cycling on a hilltop in the Vend e region the protagonist a young man named Anthime sees what he takes to be lights flashing from the tops of all the village belfries he is too far to hear the sound of the bells signaling mobilization but he sees their metal catching the sunlight The book follows Anthime a slightly older young man named Charles who it seems is in love with the same girl and four friends the same age who are sent together to the Ardennes where they march for days until a German ambush takes them all by surprise Eventually we shall hear what happens to each of them as well as the girl whom the boys leave at home but Echenoz follows none of the normal rules about shaping a narrative to build to a climax But then war does not obey the rules of fiction either the deaths wounds and miraculous survivals happen when they happen without concern for artAnd yet Echenoz artlessness is high art of its own I have read countless novels of WW1 most recently two others from the French perspective Fear by Gabriel Chevalier himself a survivor and the recent Au revoir l haut by Pierre Lema tre Despite its small scope I found this novella by Echenoz at least as powerful as either of those But I think only because I had read so many larger books first There is a particular elegance with which Echenoz touches briefly on almost all the major themes of war literature and then moves on But it helps to know the facts already In addition to her fluid translation this is the first Echenoz I have read in English Linda Coverdale s notes are very welcome But the novel would be even better for readers who do not need them


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    PDF DOWNLOAD 14 author Jean Echenoz ☆ Jean Echenoz I kept thinking in images as I read this short book by Jean Echenoz The images I saw in my mind's eye were mostly war scenes since this book is about WWI but they weren’t horrific they weren't filled with bombed out wastelands de

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    PDF DOWNLOAD 14 author Jean Echenoz ☆ Jean Echenoz I keep hoping for another novel from Echenoz that I'll enjoy as much as I'm Gone but three novels on that hasn't happened I was curious about 1914 published in French as 14 as it also happens to be his 14th novel or so I read somewhere I'm in the midst of what will probably be a year long reading project of fat histories of World War I These are an exceptional crop of books as illuminated by RJW Evans's recent essay in

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    PDF DOWNLOAD 14 author Jean Echenoz ☆ Jean Echenoz read & download ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB á Jean Echenoz a slim world war i novel jean echenoz's 1914 14 in its original french tells the fates of five young frenchmen as they're forced onto the front lines of the great war while the narrative moves uickly spanning the better part of two years echenoz succinctly captures the essence and aftermath of bloody conflict a b

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