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.
In tonight’s episode.....the company is now down to seven men......conditions are worsening and the men are beginning to lose faith in their officers. Gunn’s symptoms are worsening but the others are still unaware of how unhinged he is becoming.
The novel will be the subject of a special talk being given by Theo Dorgan as part of The Aran Weekend- Féile na bhFlaitheartach on Inis Mór, O’Flaherty’s place of birth.... this Saturday 30th August.
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