The Wars by Timothy Findley

By Timothy Findley

Wiki quote: The Wars is a 1977 novel by way of Timothy Findley that tells the tale of a tender Canadian officer in global struggle I. Nineteen-year-old Robert Ross attempts to flee either his grief over his sister's demise and the social norms of oppressive Victorian upper-class society by means of enlisting within the nice conflict. he's fast drawn into the insanity of conflict and commits "a final determined act to claim his dedication to lifestyles in the course of death." Years later, a historian attempts to piece jointly how he got here to devote this act, utilizing a mix of kinds and sources.

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She nodded. Mrs Ross put out her hand. The three of them went in and stood at the back andjust as they did, the whole congregation stood up and began to smg. "All people that on earth do dwell, Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice. Him serve with mirth, his praise forth tell. " The band that had come with the soldiers played. The 56 organ roared and bellowed. All the people sang. "Know that the Lord is God indeed; Without our aid he did us make. " Mrs Ross tightened her grip on the child's hand to keep herself from singing; but in spite of that, the hymn rolled on.

The valley was neither wide nor long and was no more than forty or fifty feet deep at its centre. The sides dropped away in sharply incised runnels that indicated the ice age had played some part in forming it. The trees were gathered like whispering conspirators around the edges of a bright sheet of water. The coyote drank at the brink. This was June and almost the summer solstice. The sun· was still two hours from setting, though it was now about seven o'clock. The heat had deserted the day and the water sent a cool shock up the walls of the valley, striking at Robert as if a wind had risen.

Mister Ross had bought them a cottage there in 1900. It had tall green sides, plank and batten, and its deep shady porches were hung with hammocks and screened with bamboo blinds you could raise and lower on strings. Meg had been brought from some cousins down the road and ridden round and round the yard while Rowena begged to be lifted up and given a ride .... Robert closed his eyes. The sound of the coyote lapping at the water crossed the distance between them and the sound seemed to satisfy his own thirst.

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