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- Print Length: 194 pages
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- Publication Date: January 20, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00SIBGFFW
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"One of the only constants of his job was the eventual appearance of the moon at night. No matter how far he had to march and no matter how warm or cold it was, that bright round object was always there in the sky when the day was over." ~ We go Again
In the heat of WWII, we find ourselves in a small town in France that has recently been stormed by a group of British troops.
I really, truly enjoyed this book, I loved how raw and human the characters and their emotions were, readers could tell from James' attitude that he has seen some s*** during D day that will forever haunt him. In chapter one, I had to chuckle at an interaction James had with Captain Jones, who has been bragging about his part in the war in Africa whilst simultaneously time dragging down the Dunkirk vets, "What I mean is the war in Africa is over and you desert rats ran away at least twice before you finally won. But the war for us Dunkirk veterans is still going. You might have tickled Rommel's private parts , but we're going to march into Berlin and pull Hitler's pants down and then we'll roast his balls on an open fire and feed them to him" - I found myself wanting to yell through the book "you tell him James", I found Captain Jones to be an annoying arse.
I love how this book dives into the different stories of this brotherhood of soldiers, some people may consider this book a bit slow, but I found it quite interesting. I was engrossed by the personal experiences of the group before, during, and after the landing at Normandy. As several reviewers have said, it is quite obvious that Cargill did his homework and put a lot of time into the creation of this novel.
I think my only criticism of this book is that I wish there was more of a signal when the author switched between present day and flashbacks. The transition between the two could confuse the reader at times. But other than that, I could only give this book a full five out of five - I highly recommend giving this book a read. I could easily see this book being read as part of high school history classes.
To close, I have always found WWII fascinating, so I took on this novel without question and I do not regret it. In fact, I think I will probably shelve this book and re read it closer to remembrance day
If it was based on a real account, had been written in a diary format, or from a first person's point of view it might have been more powerful. In the way it was written it worked well as a historical reflection on what could have happened and how the men and women involved felt.
There is not much of conclusion to the story, other than to describe the horrific events that occurred. A lot of the facts are poignant and harrowing, as well as touching in giving us a glimpse into how some women felt liberated by the war. For example, by taking on jobs traditionally viewed as meant for men - flying a plane!
The fact many young men lost their lives on all sides of the war is important to remember and the author raises a lot of issues we should never forget. Saying this, it made me sad to think that French women were that desperate to throw themselves into the arms of British soldiers. I find this hard to believe unless they really saw it as the only way to have a better life. But, I can't imagine they all did it as willingly as portrayed in this account.
A minor gripe was a scattering of typos. It would be a good idea to edit this piece again a few times.
Overall, a thought-provoking read for WWII enthusiasts.
*~I received a copy of this book for an honest review via Rosie's Book Review Team*~
Several of the other soldiers get annoyed with the Captain and his tale including James Bowden who has his own memories of the horrific crossing of the channel and finding themselves under German fire.
The men arrive at a French village and set up a base. We get to hear back story from James and another soldier David, telling us about their lives back home, in a series of war memories as the book evolves. Piper is a fun character who eats pickled onions and loves all the children they meet.
There is some action when the group shoot down a German plane and take prisoners and the book leads to the final show down when the soldiers must all pick up arms again as the Germans stage a come back.
The opening of the book really hooked me with Captain Jones's bragging, but after that the story lost momentum for me, I was hoping to be drawn in to the fears and unknown of these still intense days after D-Day. This book has good potential, a bit of writing style tweaking and it could be a winner.
This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
Corporal James Bowden is British soldier during World War II traveling through France. James doesn't agree with Captain Jones on a great many of things especially that he isn't a veteran. James drifts through the past and present memories to give a clear picture of what he's facing on a daily basis. War has an ugly way of making you face reality when you want nothing more than to be home safe in your bed.
We Go Again showcases the human spirit in it's many forms. We Go Again is also about what you will do to survive. Michael Cargill is definitely a talented storyteller. He sharply pulls you into the story and doesn't let go from first page to last page. I will definitely continue reading this author's work in the future.