Thursday, June 25, 2009

Losing Julia

Losing Julia Losing Julia by Jonathan Hull

My review
rating: 4 of 5 stars
At first I struggled through this book - bounces through 3 different points in time (the present, WWI and 10 years after WWI). This book had so much to say about life, love, war and death that I stuck it out. I'm glad I did. This book was great.

Pub. Date: February 2000

Synopsis: In a world torn apart by war, one man would search a lifetime to find what he once lost: a woman named Julia....

Patrick Delaney was just a boy when he marched off to war in 1918. But on the stark battlefields of France, amid the horror and the chaos, Patrick forged a bond that would shape the course of his life. Daniel was Patrick's best friend, his comrade-in-arms. But it was Daniel's lover, Julia, who would change Patrick forever.

Julia's letters, shared by Daniel in the muddy trenches, touched Patrick in ways he never could have expected. But years would pass before he finally met her at a war memorial in France. There, on a field still scarred by battle, Patrick closed his eyes in silent prayer and opened them to the woman he had never seen but always loved: Julia.

After a brief, passionate encounter, Patrick made a fateful choice and Julia slipped away, perhaps never to return. It is just the beginning of an astonishing story that will span almost a century, a story of memory and desire, history and destiny — and of the people who slip from our grasp, only to hold us forever.

Recommended Reading:
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

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