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The Return of the Soldier

Narrated by: Nadia May
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
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When Captain Chris Baldry, a World War I soldier, is sent home with a severe case of shellshock amnesia, he is a stranger to his wife, Kitty, and his adoring cousin, Jenny. Recoiling from the horrors of war and disillusioned with years of superficial married life, his mind has regressed 15 years into the past, where his heart may take refuge once again in the magic circle of his youth and of his first love, Margaret Allington.

In this lyrical and poignant story of a wounded man and the three concerned women who seek to heal him, Rebecca West explores the complexity of the mind and its subtle strategies for coping with life's painful realities. Only when Chris has the courage to face one pivotal moment of truth in his married life will he be able to awaken from his boyish fantasy and become, indeed, "every inch a soldier".

©1996 Blackstone Audio (P)1996 Blackstone Audio

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  • Ron L. Caldwell
  • 03-05-19

A gem of Modernism

This is a beautifully written, heartbreaking novel that would probably be of interest to anyone who is curious about the WWI period. But, in fact, it's a worthy book from any era. The three women in the life of Chris (the titular soldier) each have a peculiar relationship with him. Jenny, the narrator, is our window onto their world and these relationships.

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  • sharon
  • 03-07-13

Kind of Boring.

I usually like older fiction but this story was pretty boring. Would not recommend it.

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