Field Service

Field Service Read Field Service By Robert Edric Oknalubliniec.eu Morlancourt, Northern France, 1920In The Aftermath Of The World S Bloodiest Conflict, A Small Contingent Of Battle Worn Soldiers Remains In France Captain James Reid And His Men Are Tasked With The Identification And Burial Of Innumerable Corpses As They Come To Terms With The Events Of The Past Four Years.The Stark Contrast Between The Realities Of Burying Men In France And The Reports Of Honouring The Dead Back In Britain Is All Too Clear But It Is Only When The Daily Routine Is Interrupted By A Visit From Two Women, Both Seeking Solace From Their Grief, That The Men Are Forced To Acknowledge The Part They Too Have Played.With His Trademark Unerring Precision, Robert Edric Explores The Emotional Hinterland Which Lies Behind The Work Done By The War Graves Commission In The Wake Of The First World War. The best historical fiction provides a straight shot of how it feeling that non fiction can seldom replicate Field Service is a wonderful example of this Captain James Reid toils with his unwilling men to bury the dead from the recently ended Great War For me the book was about grief How do you mourn, how do you live afterwards, how did the
Bold and confident.I just love it when a writer strikes out into uncharted territory Edric hasn t ripped up the rule book just improved it.The setting came as a shock, then a wonderful surprise a brave and successfully lateral move.Characters and their interaction are very impressive combined with the setting, these are the esse
Couldn t get on with this book I gave up before the end. I thought this book was superb Having visited the battlefields and cemeteries of N Europe I was spellbound by the detail of how these cemeteries came into being and the personnel involved This book deals with the creation of a particular cemetery in N France following the 1st World War It deals with the difficulties of logistics some of which are gruesome but essential and with the rank and file soldier labourers who jus want to go home and
This novel is set at the end of the First World War when the War Graves Commission was organising the identification of bodies and establishment of graveyards for the soldiers and, in this case, for some of the nurses The description of the
Beautifully written, as is always the case with this author He tells the story with a gentle touch and subtlety that puts me in mind of William Trevor, and I can think of no better compliment. Un excellent reflet de la r alit post premi re guerre mondiale Cependant, l histoire ne semble mener nul part C est bien crit, mais a manque de contenu. We bear that sorry weight And who knows, it might only get lighter by a solitary ounce every passing year, but we still go on bearing it This is not a fast paced novel by any stretch of the imagination However it is one filled with rich characters and strong sense of place Together these components made for an evocative and moving story of both war and the pain of making the peace that stayed with me after completing the book.Plot in a Nutshell The story opens in 1920 and follows Lieutenant Alexander Lucas, Captain James Reid and their men who have the unenviable task of locating and identifying British war dead and the transfer and burial of those dead in what will become one of many War Grave sites The story is driven by a number of events The arrival of 2 women at Morlancourt one a young woman seeking her fianc s grave and the second an older experienced nurse looking to oversee the internment of 24 nurses killed during the war Against this backdrop we also see Reid and Lucas struggle with being asked to overlook what appears to be the id
A slow moving novel, set in in1920 and centering on the work of the War Graves Commission, responsible for the the recovery, identification and burial of countless corpses from the killing grounds of Northern France In particular the book follows Captain James Reid, officer in charge at Morlancourt, Departement du Somme as he goes about the melancholy task of receiving and burying the bodies brought in virtually daily by a small, slow moving train from Amiens or Peronne There is no great storyline in the novel, which deals mainly with the mundane and frequently frustrating minutiae of everyday life for men who almost all would prefer to be back home trying to reintegrate into normal life Reid himself feels a pawn in a much bigger game as those above him manoeuvre for their own glory and advancement whilst still acknowledging the gravity of the job he is doing There are hints of a cover up when a burnt out building unearths a number of corpses with bullet wounds to the back of their heads and a suggestion of a possible love interest with Caroline Mortimer, a former nursing sister come to attend the burial of over 20 nurses killed in various field hospitals, but none of the plot strands are explored in great detail and at the end of the book we are no wiser as to the ultimate fate of any of the main characters Yet for all that this book rather grew on me It s very slowness reflected well the s
The contrast between the reality burial of nurses, executed soldiers, soldiers who appear to have been the victims of war crimes and the presentation pristine rows of graves belying the effort needed to keep the water out and avoid these new trenches becoming waterlogged is very interesting This is mirrored in the contrast between the desperation of the men undertaking the work, long after the War has ended and yet still serving and still unable to return home, and the arrogance of the officer ranks seeking to capitalise on work they did not undertake to gain political advancement Much of this is challenging about the kind of world being built post War, be that the serviceable horses shot rather than passed to peasant farmers, the return of battle fields to crop fields, the new battle faced to return to a normal life in

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  • Field Service
  • Robert Edric
  • 06 December 2018
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