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eBook Worthless Men ePub
Language: English
ISBN: 144475940X
ISBN13: 978-1444759402
Publisher: Sceptre; Unabridged edition
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Worthless is the single most important book young men and women can read before they attend college. view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook.

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It's market day in an English city two years into the Great War. The farmers are coming in from the country, the cattle.

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If you read a lot of fiction about World War One, it's tempting to imagine pre-war England as an idle of peace and innocence. Andrew Cowan's "Worthless Men" depicts a much more gritty and earthy England. Set in 1916 in an industrial and market town, it weaves together several narratives that combine to depict a hard life even before the outbreak of war. In fact, its easier to imagine the lure of adventure that the war initially offered as a change from the harsh realities of life at home, although by the time Cowan's novel begins, the grim reality of what is involved has dampened much of this enthusiasm.

The book is set on market day in the town, and in many respects it continues much as it always has done. However, this day a train full of injured British soldiers is also expected back in town to attend the hospital set up in the grounds of the local big wig industrialist whose factory employed most of the town folk and now employs most of the women, ironically making the very barbed wire that will have caused at least some of the traumatic injuries to the returning soldiers.

The two dominant narratives are Walter's and Gertie's. Walter is a haunting voice, whose situation quickly becomes clear but when you first realize what's going on early in the book comes at the reader with at pleasing thump. So I'll gloss over him in order not to ruin that for the potential reader. But he is well placed to describe the pre-war life of the town. Gertie, the young daughter of the local pharmacist, another narrator here, is working at the local factory but before the war spent time as a companion to the two daughters of the local industrialist who themselves are not nursing in France. She therefore knows another of the narrators, the son of the industrialist, Montague Beckwith who is back in the family home recuperating mentally as well as physically.

Cowan's book has its origins in research he carried out in Norwich some years ago, compiling an oral history of people who lived through the Great War. As a result, it's packed with beautiful details that could only have come from real experience. His style is creative but the creativity serves the story and there's never the feeling, as can be the case, of the style getting in the way of the lives of these people. The result is a haunting, and often moving, record of live in a market town during the Great War.

The "worthless men" of the title would appear to represent those at the bottom of the social ladder whose valiance and bravery make them the true heroes, but what also comes over is the role of the women. Here, several suffered domestic violence and hardship before the outbreak of hostilities but now are not only running their families but also doing the jobs that their husbands did before then headed to France. Perhaps then, this is what Cowan is referring to in his title. Either way, it's a thoughtful and memorable story and Walter in particular is a character that is likely to live long in the memory.
Jode
This is the second novel from Andrew Cowan who first shot to fame with his award winning debut novel `Pig'. In this his second book he takes us back to 1916 and an unnamed town somewhere in Norfolk, which is being steeped in the war effort. Everyone is meant to do their bit, from the son of the Lord of the Manor to the gutter snipes who jostle for the lowest of jobs. One at the latter end of that social spectrum is Walter, who has taken the Kings shilling and headed off to the mud spattered killing fields of Flanders. This despite being woefully under age.

He leaves behind a mother who has had to take up even more work while paying rent, and more, to her slum lord and a sister in service at the local big house. He also leaves a would be sweetheart in the adopted daughter of the Martinet like local pharmacist. He is joined by a load of his `pals' and even his father on their tour to hell. We have a tale of all of the people of the town and how bravery can come from the strangest places and a cruel deed can echo through a lifetime.

This is an excellent read the way Andrew Cowan has brought together the life of the town is incredible. He spends so much time subtlety describing the whole place that it almost feels as though you know it. Whilst he lays the characters of the players open - very much warts an all, which actually makes most of them quite unlikable. There is no real war dialogue, but the moments when there are turn out to be incredibly gripping. And I was kept in thrall right to the last word, so much to be applauded.

The only thing I found irritating are the paragraph headings like phrases such as `some are sickly from birth'. These lines appear at the top of a series of paragraphs and indeed chapters, the same way you get teasers in a tabloid newspaper. Then the exact same line is repeated a few lines down, so you keep feeling a bit of déjà vu. It did take a while to pick up the pace too, but once it does it carries you with it, so an extremely fine book from what looks like a rising talent.
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