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A Gradual Ruin #2019

A Gradual Ruin From acclaimed novelist and Governor General s Award winning poet Robert Hilles comes a haunting story about the desperate choices made in wartime and lives affirmed or shattered in a moment In the f

  • Title: A Gradual Ruin
  • Author: Robert Hilles
  • ISBN: 9780385659611
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A Gradual Ruin By Robert Hilles, From acclaimed novelist and Governor General s Award winning poet Robert Hilles comes a haunting story about the desperate choices made in wartime, and lives affirmed or shattered in a moment.In the final, chaotic days of the Second World War, Tommy, a young Canadian soldier, is separated from his unit and lost in enemy territory Seeking shelter among the rotting haystackFrom acclaimed novelist and Governor General s Award winning poet Robert Hilles comes a haunting story about the desperate choices made in wartime, and lives affirmed or shattered in a moment.In the final, chaotic days of the Second World War, Tommy, a young Canadian soldier, is separated from his unit and lost in enemy territory Seeking shelter among the rotting haystacks and devastated farmhouses of the German countryside, he follows a cry to a bloodied and terrified girl When he decided to save her from starvation, or worse, Tommy s life is forever changed.And in 1960s northern Ontario, fourteen year old Judith discovers what her mother, Alice, has already learned that when circumstances and frustrated desire force you from home, sometimes all you can do is begin life afresh Impetuous, intelligent and suspicious, Judith is on the verge of bringing old mistakes into a new world.These lives are woven into a story at once grand and intimate Spanning continents and generations, A Gradual Ruin is an engrossing account of lives damaged in the present those lost in the past With patience and empathy, Robert Hilles vividly captures the ache for the missing parent or lover, and the guilt for those imperfectly loved, or unintentionally betrayed.From Stalin s gulags to the farms and paper mills of northern Ontario, A Gradual Ruin probes a life s purpose, and a heart s responsibility in a world far beyond our power to control In the theatre of war as within the confines of family, our lives often turn not on our goodwill or our careful plans, but on the caprice of fate.He crawled a good distance into the forest before he heard the whimpering At first, he thought he imagined it, fatigue playing tricks on him But as he moved forward, the sound grew stronger Worried that he was stumbling into a trap, he thought for a moment about heading back, but his heart drew him to the sound against his better judgment He inched closer, and the sound became clearly that of a crying child Near the source, the bush opened up, and he saw someone lying in the dirt, so covered in filth and blood that at first he couldn t make out whether it was a boy or girl He pulled himself to within a few feet and the sobbing stopped The girl had seen him, but she made no attempt to flee or defend herself Tommy reached out a shaking hand to brush aside the dirt and mud, and she screamed so loudly he clasped his hand around her mouth, but she bit him and he had to let her go Her hair clung to her head in matted, muddied clumps She was only thirteen or fourteen from A Gradual Ruin

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    1. A brilliant exploration of war and its variations The compelling story asserts the contrast between habituated violence, the glee of cruelty after one has seen too much and the reflex of kindness after one has seen too much This is a fugue on the terrible as it repeats and repeats and also the terrible companion the unavoidable unceasing suffering of the compassionate heart Robert Hilles is a brilliant storyteller and that is what makes this book so compelling Difficult as the material is, I cou [...]

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