Small Wars - Sadie Jones Reviews
Description:ISBN 0099540525 / Genre: Fiction / Author: Sadie Jones / Paperback / 480 Pages / Book is published 2010-04-15 by Vintage
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by - written on 13/03/11 (Very useful, 57 readings)
Set for the most part in Cyprus in the 1950s, "Small Wars" follows the Trehernes - Major Hal and his wife Clara and their two young daughters - newly arrived from Germany where Hal had previously been stationed. Hal had acquitted himself well there and been promoted to the rank of major, primarily due to his organisational skills and ability to communicate effectively with both his men and the local people; it was his great disappointment in his military career so far that he had seen no action and, with his transfer to Cyprus, Hal hoped to finally become a real soldier. But for both Clara and Hal the experience becomes an ordeal that tests both of them to ... Read the complete review
by - written on 06/07/10, updated on 06/07/10 (Very useful, 53 readings)
I found it very difficult to slot 'Small Wars' into any category. An analysis of the pre-war years when silence was manly and honour was paramount? A love story? A description of the hidden horrors of war? Or a moving combination of all three? The book starts in a traditionally romantic way. Hal Treherne is a newly commissioned soldier, passing out of Sandhurst and falling in love with Clara, the quiet sister of his best friend. Both the children of established military families, the match seems made in heaven and as Hal's golden military career progresses, he finds himself in Cyprus during the heat of the battle as EOKA terrorists are fighting for ... Read the complete review
by - written on 22/08/10 (Very useful, 31 readings)
Small Wars is Sadie Jones's second novel and if you enjoyed her writing style in the Outcast then I believe you will enjoy this book too. She really seems to capture the restrained emotions of the middle classes in the 1950s. Small Wars is the story of Clara and Hal Treherne and their family. Hal is a newly promoted Major in the British Army who is posted to Cyprus in the late 1950s at the time of rebellion by the Greek Cypriot population seeking independence. I know very little about the conflict and wouldn't say that the book dwelled much on the history of the island and indeed I found some of the strategic and military detail a bit dull but that aside ... Read the complete review
by - written on 01/10/12 (Very useful, 32 readings)
This story features Hal the Major in the British army in Cyprus, in the 1950s against the uprising of local organised gangs. His wife Clara comes to join him with their two young daughters. She tries to settle into life firstly in the town and then at the Garrison. Their are various sub stories here, theres the affair that threatens to happen but never really kicks off, theres a lot of ignoring each others feelings and not talking about things that would mental scar anyone let alone it happening on a regular basis. Clara is sent away to a city by her husband, and its then that the trouble really starts for her. For Hal he has already been battling ... Read the complete review
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