Back in May I attended Book Expo America and came home with a large quantity of book, many of which I will never have the time to read and review. So, if you’ve seen me posting on Twitter offering up books to read and review, that’s why. This fall I’ll have a few reviews by people nice enough to review books. This review comes from Jennifer.
The story continuously weaves around three groups of people. It starts with the waning days of WW 1 France. Two men of diverse backgrounds are witness to an atrocity.
The Great Swindle starts with events in motion in one of the last battles of the war. One man is entombed in a fox hole by his CO, who is not a pleasant person. The CO keeps reappearing during the length of the book.
The writing of the book is such that you feel like you are in the fox hole with these men, and that writing continues through out the book.
The second man saves the first. Bonding them together. In turn, the second man is severely wounded and refuses treatment. He also refuses to see his family. So in a moment of weakness the first man writes to the family implying that the second man is dead.
The story advances to the slums of Paris, where the lives of the three men continue to weave together in unexpected ways.
The themes of the story are easy to draw parallels between now and then. The book should be required reading for military leaders and civil leaders as well. As well as doctors who are dealing with wounded.
I spoke to Jennifer a few times while she was reading the book, and she also let me know that the translation from French to English was good. She also used terms like Disturbing (not good reading for before bed), richly layered and highly descriptive. While it’s not the typical romance that many of us read, I know many of us like to branch out to some other genres and this certainly seems like a worthy read.
Jennifer & Crissy