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by Susan Hill

  • Author: Susan Hill
  • ISBN: 0241020697
  • ISBN13: 978-0241020692
  • ePub: 1152 kb | FB2: 1788 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton; 1st Edition edition (September 1, 1984)
  • Pages: 224
  • Rating: 4.6/5
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Strange Meeting ePub download

Strange Meeting is a novel by Susan Hill about the First World War. The title of the book is taken from a poem by the First World War poet Wilfred Owen. The novel was first published by Hamish Hamilton in 1971 and then by Penguin Books in 1974.

Strange Meeting is a novel by Susan Hill about the First World War.

Home Susan Hill Strange Meeting. It had not surprised him, their meeting there. Nothing like that was surprising now. Though, at first, Crawford had been busy with the Field-Gunner, had not come near Hilliard until the following day. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20. Strange Meeting. For John and Myfanwy Piper. He felt calmer now, his head clear. He had looked into all the cupboards and drawers, and seen the things his mother had stored away – his school books and the shirts and trousers and socks he wore when he was twelve, the Meccano, the shells and stones he used to collect, cricket photographs: and, in one of his father’s old tobacco tins, the small, bleached bones from the owls’.

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Susan Hills classic novel Strange Meeting tells of the power of love amidst atrocities. Please remember that these are all vintage books that have often seen better days but, for me and hopefully you too, therein lies their charm. He was afraid to go to sleep. For three weeks, he had been afraid of going to sleep. Young officer John Hilliard returns to his battalion in France following a period of sick leave in England. They have history and character and stories to tell other than the obvious ones. Learn more about this item.

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I have loved this book for years. Originally purchased it back in the 70's - , yes, I'm talking about the 1970's. In my rush to de-clutter before moving, I gave away and donated the majority of my books - all hardcover. Strange Meeting was mistakenly given away. I was pleased to find it still in paperback; also, at same time, I purchased a used hardcover copy. It appears it may have been someone's study book - purple magic marker has been used to highlight quite a few lines. I will hold on to it, but, I will continue to search for a hardcopy in pristine condition. In the interim, I am enjoying the re-read of this wonderful book. Thank you, Amazon.
I lost this book when someone lent it to me: was grateful for finding another copy and being able to honour my borrowing. It is certainly a very good read and well worth it. Prompt service much appreciated. (so I guess it is less than a review of the book and more of a nod to Amazon and book owners). If you want a book review: all I can say, what a good author and what an insight in to war times!
Interesting and thought provoking as it went along.
A true classic, about to read it for the third time over a 30 year period! Planning to lend it afterward to some of my fellow kindle owners.
This is a very deep and heartbreaking story, a person can feel the cold rain in the trenches and the agony they suffered
A powerful, dramatic story of what really happened at the frontline in the First World War. Even in the most bizarre circumstances you can find love.
During the summer of 1916 Lt. John Hilliard is recovering at his family home in Sussex from a leg wound incurred in the trenches of northern France. He is deeply unhappy in the company of his detached parents, no longer close to his older sister; he is sleepless; fears his dreams; hates the smell of the rosebeds beneath the window of his room. Only during the crossing of the Channel on his way back to the front, he is able to sleep soundly again. But what will await him? Plenty of new faces? Lots of old faces missing for good?
Hilliard is a rather reserved man, who will meet his exact opposite, Lt. Barton in a rest camp behind the line. He is new to warfare and part of a large, warm family. Barton lights up every room or gathering of men: "(Hilliard) thought, we need him, he has something none of us have, we need him to stay here, just as he is, to sit here night after night, telling us his stories, or nodding in that way he nods when someone else talks, sympathetic, happy to yield the floor--liking us. For there is little enough left of what he has. And what is that? What is that?'' (p.63)
The pair become close, reading each other's letters from home and their replies, sharing parcels received and talki, talk, talk.. All the while, they are moved closer and closer to the front. I would be a spoilsport saying more.
Was surprised to see this astonishing novel was first published in 1971; my 2018 edition was almost certainly occasioned by the centenary of the end of WW I. Knew Susan Hill chiefly as author of ghost novels, but here she shows real writing accomplishments: great powers of description throughout, good dialogue, acute sensitivity to class issues, the heroism of ranks and officers alike, the ignorance of or complicity of UK politicians and press media with years of blatant incompetence of a General Command thinking war is won by cavalry, unprepared and unable to adjust to trench warfare, resulting in suicidal marching orders, terrible logistics and horrendous casualty figures.
Lastly, Susan Hill's masterpiece may also rank as a good example of the ancient genre of homecoming literature. What do survivors find upon return? What did they hope to find? Was it all worth it? Great book, not a word out of place!
Susan Hill, almost always a writer whose fictional books deal with ethical or philosophical issues as well as whatever else she is writing about, writes in three main styles, a couple of which are `genre fiction' Firstly, where she started, books with a supernatural, often gothic element - most famous of which was Woman In Black - book, then stage play, TV version, radio play, then film - I'm sure there is a tee shirt too! Then there is her incarnation as a crime writer, with the Simon Serrailler series (number 8 is the latest). Finally, there are literary fiction books which are outside a genre (though she is always a writer of literary fiction, whether or not her writing also fits within genre.

Strange Meeting belongs to this third category. Though of course particularly apposite in this hundredth year anniversary of the outbreak of the First War, Hill's book about two soldiers in that war, and the deep friendship which develops between them, was published some forty years ago.

It is a short, quietly powerful read. The focus is on the two central characters, young officers. John Hilliard comes from a typically correct, emotionally repressed background, and is isolated, restrained and unable to be easy with his fellows. David Barton is one of the golden ones, a young man of great charm, ease and likeability, with a natural warmth which pleases everyone he meets. He comes from an unusual family, where such ability to express delight, and to not keep a stiffened lip, is responsible for his sunniness.

The two develop a friendship and love for each other - though whether that love is platonic or sexual is never mentioned - and in many ways Hill is respectful of a time and place where the strong expression of friendship may or may not mean either overt or covert sexual feelings. (There of course are biblical echoes in the forenames of the two young men)

The relationship, and the changes which the horrors of the trenches visit upon the soldiers themselves, their relationships with their families and the wider society back home who are still caught up in early jingoism, and a belief that the way will be a short push and then over, are beautifully drawn

Given the facts of that war, there can only be 4 possible outcomes to this story, only one of which would be less plausible than the other three. In a sense the story of `what happens' is not the point of the book - which is the relationship, the characters, and the experience of the men in that war, and their estrangement, by and large, from an ignorant public at home, who, not having experienced the horrors themselves, cannot fully understand the terrible changes which happen when such hell is engaged with.

"Immediately, he was conscious of his own flesh, of the nerves beneath the skin, of the bone and muscle which obeyed him: clench, unclench, move this finer, bend that. His hands looked huge and pale under the water. He had never realised before how much he cared about his own body, simply because it was so familiar, because he knew better than he knew anything every shape and crease of it, the exact width of knuckle, the flatness of his fingernails. So that, when he imagined his hand torn off at the wrist it was not the thought of the pain which so terrified him, but simply the loss of a part of himself, something he had always known. He was his hand - and his legs and neck, ribs and groin"

My only cavil with the book is the full and frank letters which Barton writes to his family. Officers of course censored the letters home which the `other ranks' sent, but I found myself working hard to suspend a sense that Barton's letters would surely have been censored by those of higher rank, and if not, as Hilliard was party to the letters Barton sent and received, that he, as a very correct man, would have intervened and censored the truths which Barton was telling his family about the awful futility of the war.

However - why the present front cover photo for the Kindle edition shows a group of remarkably modern squaddies is a bit of an artist and publicist goof I would have thought!
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