The Wars

The Wars

Book - 2005
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The novel follows the experiences of Robert Ross, an officer in the Canadian army who is 18 when World War I breaks out. It is narrated by a historian who is researching and understanding Robert Ross' life, in particular a controversial wartime incident he instigated. The story is told through the memories of the few living people who knew him, and the historian's reconstructions based on archive materials. It portrays the life of an Edwardian higher class family in Canada's early 20th century, and warfare on the Western Front.
Publisher: Toronoto, Ont. : Penguin Canada, 2005, c1977
Description: xviii, 198 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780143014881
0143014889
9780670876075
0670876070
9780143051428
0143051423
Branch Call Number: Find
Additional Contributors: Vanderhaeghe, Guy 1951-

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originofanna
Jul 08, 2016

This is so well written. There's a lot going on and I never lost interest.

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ReadorDie42
Feb 16, 2016

I chose to read this book for my 12th grade English class, from a host of others, because it looked interesting. I had no idea. A wonderful, shocking, sad and incredibly memorable book.
"5x9 and framed in silver..."
I have no clue why that line is the one I always remember.

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Sarica140
Jun 29, 2015

I feel like I can read this book again and see more than I did the first time. Great imagery and interesting storytelling.

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Eosos
Apr 01, 2015

My overwhelming feeling when finishing this book was that it was far too full of symbolism for my taste. I really can't appreciate books like this as I miss a lot of the intended point to the story. Reading between the lines has never been something I was good at. So instead of enjoying the story I felt bogged down in the thoughts and expression.

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greatwar100reads
Nov 22, 2014

The Wars explores the effort to remain human when faced with utter inhumanity. Findley depicts the lost innocence of a man and a generation, deliberately using ‘wars’ in the plural. He draws the horrors of war vividly – the mud, the corpses, the uncaring leaders. His use of symbolism – animals, the elements – is very powerful. Despite some flaws, the book is still a must-read almost 40 years after publication.

Pippi_L Sep 25, 2014

I didn't really understand what trench warfare meant until I read this book in high school, and what a shocking introduction it was. A must read.

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carmenricard
Aug 16, 2012

A terribly sad, yet engaging, read.

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vcc
Oct 01, 2011

This book deals with the fraility of life, the effects of war on all living creatures, and an insight into the horror that our Canadian grandfathers (and grandmothers) went through during the World Wars (this book focuses on World War 1). I would have preferred the story to have been a little longer, and with a different narrator. (Apr 2002)

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 06, 2010

This book was really good! It brings you into the mind of a soldier in WWI, makes you feel the fear, confusion, and the suffering. It is set up in a way that the reader is a researcher and so you hear the stories of those who knew the soldier. It's a dark and chilling story, and sometimes you just want to close the book because it's too much to bear. After you read it, you'll always remember it! It really is a great book!

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kwsmith
Jan 08, 2010

This novel describes the experiences of Robert Ross, a young Canadian officer who experiences the horrors of World War I trench warfare. Internally, young Ross is deeply conflicted, expressing an unstable mix of human grace and human brutality. During the novel, Ross learns about the true nature of love and about the importantance of remaining true to your own self. Animals such as rabbits, horses, dogs, coyotes, and birds are all used as symbols throughout the narrative. In the end, the story comes together like pieces in a puzzle as the author frequently jumps between first, second, and third person perspectives.

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jul 19, 2010

Sexual Content: Some pretty graphic scenes

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jul 19, 2010

Violence: War violence and assaults

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jul 19, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

nadian May 31, 2009

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

nadian May 31, 2009

Sexual Content: Vivid descriptions of sex and rape and sexual material.

nadian May 31, 2009

Violence: Vivid descriptions of war battles.

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

Sexual Content: descriptive sexual scenes; rape

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

Violence: war

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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wafaaallam May 28, 2013

wafaaallam thinks this title is suitable for 43 years and over

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carmenricard
Aug 25, 2012

carmenricard thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jul 19, 2010

Teyfor8Wyoma thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

nadian May 31, 2009

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

pie thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jul 19, 2010

Someone once said to Clive: do you think we will ever be forgiven for what we've done? They meant their generation and the war and what the war had done to civilization. Clive said something that I've never forgotten. He said: I doubt we'll ever be forgiven. All I hope is - they'll remember we were human beings.

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jul 19, 2010

He stood where the gate had been and he thought: 'If an animal had done this - we would call it mad and shoot it,' and at that precise moment Captain Leather rose to his knees and began to struggle to his feet. Robert shot him between the eyes.

nadian May 31, 2009

"Instead, she waved from behind the glass and she watched her boy depart and her husband standing in his black fur coat- it seemed for hours- with his arm in the air and the snow falling down around him. 'Come on back to the raf', Huck honey.' And this was what they called the wars."

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

Robert...Will you stay with me forever? Yes, Rowena.

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