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In Memoriam: THE TOP FIVE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER (vuoden 2023 painos)

Tekijä: Alice Winn (Tekijä)

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"It's 1914, and World War I is ceaselessly churning through thousands of young men on both sides of the fight. The violence of the front feels far away to Henry Gaunt, Sidney Ellwood and the rest of their classmates, all of whom are safely ensconced in their idyllic boarding school in the English countryside. They receive weekly dispatches from The Preshutian, their school newspaper, informing them of older classmates killed or wounded in action. Their heroic deaths only make the war more exciting. Gaunt, half-German, is busy fighting his own private battle- an all-consuming infatuation with his best friend, the gorgeous, rich, charming Ellwood-not having a clue that Ellwood is pining for him in return. Meanwhile, Gaunt's German mother and twin sister ask him to enlist as an officer in the British army to protect the family from the anti-German attacks they're already facing. Gaunt signs up immediately, relieved to escape his overwhelming feelings for Ellwood. The front is horrific, of course, and though Gaunt tries to dissuade Ellwood from joining him on the battlefield, Ellwood soon rushes to join him, fueled by his education in Greek heroics and romantic wartime poetry. Before long, most of their classmates have followed suit. Once in the trenches, the boys become intimately acquainted with the harsh realities of war. Ellwood and Gaunt find fleeting moments of solace in one other, but their friends are all dying, often in front of them, and no one knows when they'll be next"--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:In Memoriam: THE TOP FIVE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
Kirjailijat:Alice Winn (Tekijä)
Info:Viking (2023), 400 pages
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I have a soft spot for WW1 historical fiction. It usually depicts the clash of old-world values with the complete carnage that industrialized warfare brings. This novel was successful in that portrayal, with a twist of gay romance, but overall it was a mixed bag, to be honest.

This is not an easy read by any account. When the novel opens, we are introduced to the bubble of English public school boys who spend their days wandering the lush English countryside reciting poetry. There is a bit of underdeveloped, soft, hazy romance between the two main characters which reminded me a bit of Andre Aciman's writing, so much so that I had Visions of Gideon playing in my head during those chapters as the perfect soundtrack.

At this point, the war had already started, but it was far and it was glorious as were the "in memoriam" bits written about their fallen schoolmates in their school newspaper.
One by one, the boys enlist and what follows is the brutal account of a horrible reality; Ypres, Laas, Somme.

For me, the novel dwindled at one point here and never really recovered to the quality it held from the opening until about a halfway point. The author did a lot of research and took inspiration from many other books and real historical people which is very evident in the writing if you are familiar with the topic. It does feel a little patchworkish at times and although not inconceivable in reality, some events took turns that felt very contrived in a book so focused on a small cast of characters.

Winn keeps throwing her characters around like pawns that have very little agency while history we know well slowly unravels in front of their eyes. I don't have a problem with that as long as it is contained to the described period. But, this novel is a work of 2023 and it is very evident in the treatment of the characters and themes. I see a problem in that, but many will not.

In Memoriam maybe doesn't have the aura of a classic but it fills the void for those who want an LGBT romance in a wartime setting. 3.5 stars rounded up. ( )
  ZeljanaMaricFerli | Mar 4, 2024 |
Hauntingly Beautiful ( )
  J4NE | Jan 25, 2024 |
It blows my mind that this is a debut novel, such is its sophistication in pulling you in and holding you there. In Memoriam is a novel about the complexities of a gay love affair between two young men at a boarding house of Marlborough College and then at the front in WWI at a time when homosexuality was a crime punishable with a prison term.

Winn captures how the young men were wont to hide their true homosexuality behind the boarding school practice of fagging, which was common in the period, and the difficulty of admitting their true feelings to each other until their life hangs in the balance at the front.

More than just a novel about a forbidden love, it is a dramatic and heartbreaking depiction of life on the front for young public school teenagers who had hitherto been cloistered in the safety of their boarding schools in the rolling green fields of England. Its title is derived from a mixture of the poem by Tennyson and the regular in memoriam notices that are published in the Preshute's boarding house's press bulletins.

Winn writes with such immense confidence about the period setting, both in the boarding school and on the battlefield, that she completely enfolds you and transports you to the era.

4.5 stars - this will definitely be up there as one of my favourite reads of 2024. ( )
4 ääni AlisonY | Jan 14, 2024 |
Public school boys discover Having Feelings during WWI. This book utterly consumed me. Ate me up, spat me out, and I am better for it. ( )
  ablachly | Jan 5, 2024 |
I didn't get far before it returned to the library, but what I did consume, consumed me. The magnetic and desperate connection between Elwood and Henry...

I'm passionate about this type of book - remember Vera Britain? - I was in love with her books in my 20s. Pat Barker?! Oh my gosh, the Regeneration Trilogy. - they were in my 40s.

I will get back to this novel one day and fall into the wretchedness of the trenches with these young men. This cut and paste is to remind of the book, when I do resume it.

"It's 1914, and World War I is ceaselessly churning through thousands of young men on both sides of the fight. The violence of the front feels far away to Henry Gaunt, Sidney Ellwood and the rest of their classmates, all of whom are safely ensconced in their idyllic boarding school in the English countryside. They receive weekly dispatches from The Preshutian, their school newspaper, informing them of older classmates killed or wounded in action. Their heroic deaths only make the war more exciting. Gaunt, half-German, is busy fighting his own private battle- an all-consuming infatuation with his best friend, the gorgeous, rich, charming Ellwood-not having a clue that Ellwood is pining for him in return. Meanwhile, Gaunt's German mother and twin sister ask him to enlist as an officer in the British army to protect the family from the anti-German attacks they're already facing. Gaunt signs up immediately, relieved to escape his overwhelming feelings for Ellwood. The front is horrific, of course, and though Gaunt tries to dissuade Ellwood from joining him on the battlefield, Ellwood soon rushes to join him, fueled by his education in Greek heroics and romantic wartime poetry. Before long, most of their classmates have followed suit. Once in the trenches, the boys become intimately acquainted with the harsh realities of war. Ellwood and Gaunt find fleeting moments of solace in one other, but their friends are all dying, often in front of them, and no one knows when they'll be next"-- ( )
  Okies | Jan 3, 2024 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 14) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Set in World War I, “In Memoriam” follows two upper-class schoolboys — Henry Gaunt and Sidney Ellwood — as their limerent, expressed-but-unnamed love drives them to increasingly stupid heights, like volunteering for the war even though neither is yet of age to enlist. ...It is this war, as much as that “Great” one, that “In Memoriam” explores. Winn shows us parents, siblings, friends and enemies all trying to reckon with the unspeakable, referencing gay desires only through allusions to poetry or meaningful (yet ultimately unfathomable) silences. ...Although “In Memoriam” clocks in at nearly 400 pages, Winn’s prose is percussive, driving the story forward with a mix of Edwardian masculine sentimentality and the improbable plotting of a period romance
 
In Memoriam is at once epic and intimate, humorous and profound, a vivid rendering of the madness and legacy of the first world war as seen through the lens of a schoolboy love affair....Although Winn is interested in what war does to the self and to abstract notions of beauty, bravery and home, she doesn’t shy away from the brutality of the frontline. She takes the reader into battle at Loos and at the Somme, matter-of-factly describing the butchery that leaves soldiers literally spilling their guts...At heart, In Memoriam is a love story, but one with an adventure woven through it. Acts of revenge, moonlit escapes from POW camps, serendipities just wild enough to be credible – all bound from the page with a clarity best described as cinematic, while even in the direst moments Winn’s dialogue thrums with mirth and furious intelligence. Throughout, she artfully switches perspectives and settings, leaving the reader in desperate suspense over fates and fortunes.
 

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"It's 1914, and World War I is ceaselessly churning through thousands of young men on both sides of the fight. The violence of the front feels far away to Henry Gaunt, Sidney Ellwood and the rest of their classmates, all of whom are safely ensconced in their idyllic boarding school in the English countryside. They receive weekly dispatches from The Preshutian, their school newspaper, informing them of older classmates killed or wounded in action. Their heroic deaths only make the war more exciting. Gaunt, half-German, is busy fighting his own private battle- an all-consuming infatuation with his best friend, the gorgeous, rich, charming Ellwood-not having a clue that Ellwood is pining for him in return. Meanwhile, Gaunt's German mother and twin sister ask him to enlist as an officer in the British army to protect the family from the anti-German attacks they're already facing. Gaunt signs up immediately, relieved to escape his overwhelming feelings for Ellwood. The front is horrific, of course, and though Gaunt tries to dissuade Ellwood from joining him on the battlefield, Ellwood soon rushes to join him, fueled by his education in Greek heroics and romantic wartime poetry. Before long, most of their classmates have followed suit. Once in the trenches, the boys become intimately acquainted with the harsh realities of war. Ellwood and Gaunt find fleeting moments of solace in one other, but their friends are all dying, often in front of them, and no one knows when they'll be next"--

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