The Book on One's season of World War 1 fiction ends this week with Liam O'Flaherty's short novel, 'The Return of the Brute'. The novel tells the story of Private William Gunn and his fellow soldiers who are based in an unknown area of the Western Front. As conditions in the trenches worsen and their faith in the commanders deteriorates, Gunn's grasp on reality begins to break down.
The story is read by David Heap.
'The Return of the Brute' is published by the Naval and Military Press.
Tonight, we'll hear the opening of the book.
In tonight’s episode, the soldiers have been woken up by firing and shelling but all of them seem to have survived so far. Their parapet has fallen down and they are trying to rebuild it. Gunn, aware that the young soldier Lamont is beginning to crumble
with fear is trying to protect him and is becoming
increasingly angry at the corporal.
In tonight’s episode.....Gunn is beginning to show signs of a break down. He has just fired several shots from his rifle for no apparent reason and the corporal and sergeant have rounded on him. However, their attention is about to be diverted as a separate tragedy begins to unfold.
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August 18-22- 'The Return of the Soldier' by Rebecca West. Click here to find out more and to listen back.