My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You

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My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You

My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You

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The first half of the book is about the experiences that the five have adapting to the realities of war and the shifts it brings about in their relationships. The writing style is very pleasurable to read, beautifully wordy and almost a touch indulgent - but I like that. Peter Locke meanwhile, verging on a nervous breakdown, arrives home in Sidcup to beautiful, but shallow and seemingly self-absorbed wife, Julia, whose only aim in life appears to be to keep herself lovely for her husband, and who is bitterly disappointed when Peter cannot bring himself to put the war behind him and enjoy his leave with her. You never really get to find out about what attracts both couples to each other, which I think would have been nice to know especially considering what happens to both couples throughout the book (I don't want to give anything away). As the novel progresses, we read the letter exchanges between characters and the foreboding they hold for when the war is done and dusted.

Louisa Young was also careful to show the reader how the war continued to affect her characters after their traumatic experiences and this aspect of the story, I believe, is continued in the author's sequel to this novel: The Heroes' Welcome which is due to be released very soon. My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You starts out slow-paced but picks up so much speed in the second half that I wasn’t able to put it down. What I liked about this was the candid way in which the class differences and prejudices were looked at, in a manner that was fresh and straightforward. This novel further opened my eyes to how an entire generation was altered and affected by the war, especially how women’s roles shifted during the void the men left. A real energy and lyricism to Young's writing, the "men" come to life, especially her hero, Riley, caught between two worlds, but the little sketched portraits of the troops and other minor characters are memorable as well.Nadine recognizes that Riley isn’t sharing with her, and in an effort to make a difference and understand him, she becomes a nurse. The advance copy that I was given had a statement that proclaimed that the book was the most powerful book that I would read all year. At times this book was heart-wrenching and I felt absolutely miserable for what Riley had to endure. While Julia pines for her husband, Rose signs up as a nurse in a hospital specialising in facial reconstructions.

I was also intrigued with the psychology that young Riley uses to keep himself afloat and to see how different his reaction to the war is to Peter’s. Louisa Young does a wonderful job of making the characters immediately real and the reader is very quickly engaged in the story.

His wife is equally repulsive, though her character raises another intriguing issue: Is being a housewife enough?

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