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Louisa Young writes best when describing the harsh realities of war and makes no concessions regarding uncomfortable yet true situations. And yet My Dear I Wanted to Tell You also attempts to be a romance book, and there precisely it comes to a screeching halt

Louisa Young writes best when describing the harsh realities of war and makes no concessions regarding uncomfortable yet true situations. And yet My Dear I Wanted to Tell You also attempts to be a romance book, and there precisely it comes to a screeching halt. The characters in My Dear I Wanted to Tell You enter the story strangely underdeveloped - their motives and reasons for falling in love are never quite explained - and never quite recover

I Wanted to Tell You. For Robert Lockhart. Also by Louisa Young. France, 7 June 1917, . 0 .

I Wanted to Tell You. It had been a warm night.

Young has a historian’s eye for the private details of war, and a warmth to her prose that makes her small cast emotionally engagin. So this book was a real revelation to me and I hope many others. Congratulations go to Louisa Young. hrough Riley, however, the novel achieves an appeal to compassion and courage that deserves to reach a wide audienc. indsight tells us peace will not be final, but Young conveys, beautifully, the universal wish that it might be’ Independent. Beautifully realised’ Daily Express. Masterfully conveyed’ Woman & Home.

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Not that I’d want it. Fancy ways. Bethan had been known to laugh out loud in the street at extremes of fashion among the better classes.

carousel previous carousel next. Dear Match Book, I’ve been reading The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction over the last few years, but I can’t seem to find satisfying contemporary literary fiction. I think the publishing world’s obsession with New York City is pompous and a little. Not that I’d want it.

Set on the Western Front, in London and in Paris, MY DEAR I WANTED TO TELL YOU is a moving and brilliant novel of love, class and sex in wartime, and how war affects those left behind as well as those who fight. While Riley Purefoy and Peter Locke fight for their country, their survival and their sanity in the trenches of Flanders, Nadine Waveney, Julia Locke and Rose Locke do what they can at home. Beautiful, obsessive Julia and gentle, eccentric Peter are married: each day Julia goes through rituals to prepare for her beloved husband-™s return.

Why does he want to draw me?’ asked Riley. Because you’re handsome,’ Nadine said. She was sitting on the table under the window, looking out, her legs drawn up, pale and studious now with her sketchbook, her black hair wild. He was surprised by that

Why does he want to draw me?’ asked Riley. He was surprised by that. Am I?’ he said, and he turned to her, feeling a little bit suddenly furious. You’re beautiful,’ he said, and even as he said it, he couldn’t believe that he had. She turned to look at him.

My dear Nadine, I am sorry that I had leave just now and I could not visit you. I am sorry that I joined up and left without . To tell the truth, I don’t want you to know about this kind of thing. But not telling you seems like a form of death, a death of the heart, or the mind, or the spirit. I am sorry that I joined up and left without speaking to you and left only that silly letter telling you I was going. I am sorry I sent you that stupid Christmas card. There are more ways than the physical to die, which I never knew before. I have learnt it this year.

Louisa Young is a prolific and varied writer

Louisa Young is a prolific and varied writer. To circumvent the censors and avoid delay, wounded soldiers could tell loved ones about injuries on a standard-issue postcard that left room only for their names and to categorise wounds as "slight" or "serious".

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Comments: (7)

Rindyt
I absolutely loved this book! It is beautifully written and gives a very good picture of the horrors of World War I, a war which has always particularly interested me. In fact, this is one of the best novels set during World War I which I have read as it seems to be far easier to find good novels set during World War II. The sequel to this book was published yesterday and I have already purchased it. "The Heroes' Welcome" is the title. So this sequel will be the next book I read just as soon as I finish the book I am currently reading. The only negative remark I can make about "My Dear I wanted to tell you" is about its cumbersome title which really has nothing to do with the book, as far as I am concerned. I cannot imagine why the publisher allowed such a poor title to be selected. Please don't let the poor title keep you from reading this wonderful book!
Cordanara
I wholehardily (is that even a word?) concur with those reviewers who couldn't put this book (Kindle edition) down. Ms. Young's writing is exquisite, even though the subject is war and its aftermath. From everything I have read, World War I was traumatic to all those who fought and for all those who were left behind. This story has been told many times in books and on screen, Downton Abbey comes to mind, but My Dear I Wanted to Tell You, does it in a very poignant, personal way. I found it riveting.
Riley Purefoy was believable and likable and his story is heartbreaking. So too the story of Nadine Waveney, a young woman of her times who is living in the midst of a cultural shift. All Ms. Young's characters ring true. At the end of the book I was thrilled to find she has continued their story in her book, The Heroes' Welcome.
When all is said and done, war is cruel and inhumane. Patriotic fervor cannot erase the horror of what young men and women must endure for freedom. As I get older, I find I can tolerate it less and less. Stories like this are important because they remind us that real lives are being lost and real families are being affected long after the current fighting is 'over'.
Kanrad
There's no such thing as a cheerful book set during the period of the First World War, and this one is no exception.
It follows the parallel, then intertwined lives of two couples, Julia and Peter (upperclass) and Riley and Nadine (he working class, but intelligent and educated 'above his station, and Nadine, upper class).
Then comes the war...and evrything changes for both couples.
I was fearful to read to the end, even put it off for several days, but I shouldn't have.
It all resolves nicely, even a bit predictable...but let's just say I'd have been awfully upset if it had ended any differently!
Highest recommendation.
Aside: the war injuries, the nurses duties, and the detailed explanations (based on medical archives) of the extensive plastic surgery done circa 1917 are astonishing! If you're the least bit interested in medical/surgical stories and history, don't skip over this part of the book.
Jake
I purchased this book for my Kindle because it was only $1.99. I wasn't expecting much; but I was so wrong. The story line was powerful, the characters as real, hopeful and flawed, as the people in all,our lives. In the end, the main character was World War 1 and Ms Young did an amazing job of bringing alive the horror of life in the trenches. I always have a book in my hands.. I had just put down half finished the fifth book in a row that was filled with insipid characters and purple prose. Five dreary books in a row ------ that was a record for me. And then I began My Dear I Wamted To tell You and once agiain I realized the magic of losing myself totally inside a book. This is my first Amazon review. I wrote it because more people should know about this book
Dorilune
Inciteful and relevant. "My Dear I wanted to Tell You" by Louisa Young portrayed the strengths and weaknesses of those impacted by war. The author makes the brutality of war and how it affects soldiers and their love ones. Her descriptions of England and France makes the countries come alive. Young builds the plot around two couples who must overcome great psychological obstacles to rekindle their love. The personal issues of the characters can be translated to war. Wounded warriors today suffer the same atrocities and insecurities as World War I soldiers and their loved ones. Young plot shows how even the greatest hurdles can be overcome.
Marige
This book should be required reading for anyone who has a hand in decision making about going to war. If I was wealthy, I would buy 535 copies and send one to each of our Senators and Representatives. The book deals with ordinary and extraordinary people coping with World War I - soldiers, nurses, those left behind to cope with the changes caused by the war. This is historical fiction based on fact, but the true reality is that we have many, many military families dealing with these same issues today.
Cordaron
But I bought this book on recommendation and then was annoyed that it was set around World War 1. However - I am shaking my head - this is one of those rare books, that brings everything a good book should be, together in one place. It had sadness and happiness, incredible ugliness and beauty and tension - sometimes all in the same paragraph. My feelings were rung out, joy'ed out and thoroughly brought alive. Whew! What a great book! I might add that this is the first time I have bothered to do a review and it was because I saw that someone had given this book a lousy 3 stars! Did they read the same book?
My Dear I Wanted to Tell You download epub
Contemporary
Author: Louisa Young
ISBN: 144585788X
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Contemporary
Publisher: Windsor; Large type edition edition (August 1, 2011)