No Man's Land

No Man's Land

Book - 1995
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Set in France during World War l, No Man's Land pulls us into the lives of the young men of the Newfoundland Regiment as they prepare to set out for the trenches & what will come to be known as the Battle of the Somme. A classic war novel, the book is equally effective in its portrayal of the camaraderie & unnatural quiet before the storm, as in its graphic acccount of the fight to make it through the barbed wire & sweep of machine-gun bullets. Two hundred & seventy-two Newfoundlanders who went over the top on July 1, 1916 were killed. No regiment suffered more casualties. It was the single greatest disaster in the island's history.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c1995
ISBN: 9780385255035
Branch Call Number: FIC Major 05ad 01
Characteristics: 251 p


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Sep 01, 2014

No Man’s Land recounts the Newfoundland Regiment’s final day of preparation in Louvencourt, the march to the front that night, the waiting overnight in the trenches, and the battle itself. We learn more about the shared Newfoundland experiences that tie them together and overcome the class and religious differences than about each individual. But in the length of a novel, I wanted to know more about Hayward, Clarke and Martin. Major later adapted No Man’s Land into a play. I think it may work better in that format.

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