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[[ Download Epub ]] Õ The Cartographer of No Man's Land ⛄ From a village in Nova Scotia to the trenches of France, P S Duffy s astonishing debut showcases a rare talent emerging in midlifeWhen his beloved brother in law goes missing at the front in , Angus defies his pacifist upbringing to join the war and find him Assured a position as a cartographer in London, he is instead sent directly into battle Meanwhile, at home, his son Simon Peter must navigate escalating hostility in a town torn by grief Selected as both a Barnes Noble Discover pick and one of the American Bookseller Association s Debut Dozen, The Cartographer of No Man s Land offers a soulful portrayal of World War I and the lives that were forever changed by it, both on the battlefield and at home A Will and a Way P S Duffy s astonishing debut showcases a rare talent emerging in midlifeWhen his beloved brother in law goes missing at the front in Something Terrible, Something Lovely Angus defies his pacifist upbringing to join the war and find him Assured a position as a cartographer in London النقد الذاتي بعد الهزيمة he is instead sent directly into battle Meanwhile Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Games Master Pack at home Det svarta hjärtats vilja (Symbaroumsviten, his son Simon Peter must navigate escalating hostility in a town torn by grief Selected as both a Barnes Noble Discover pick and one of the American Bookseller Association s Debut Dozen The Snow Queen - OBER - Grade 2 The Cartographer of No Man s Land offers a soulful portrayal of World War I and the lives that were forever changed by it Farewell Gulsary both on the battlefield and at home Excited My review made it onto Library Reads November 2013 list Angus walked down to the end of the wharf and felt a release that filled the sky Beauty had not abandoned him He d abandoned it On the battlefield he d risked life in the midst of death And he had not risked it since He closed his eyes and let the stars fall around him Angus MacGrath is caught between the artist he longs to be and the sailor his father believes isfitting for a Excited My review made it onto Library Reads November 2013 list Angus walked down to the end of the wharf and felt a release that filled the sky Beauty had not abandoned him He d abandoned it On the battlefield he d risked life in the midst of death And he had not risked it since He closed his eyes and let the stars fall around him Angus MacGrath is caught between the artist he longs to be and the sailor his father believes isfitting for a man supporting a family on the coast of Nova Scotia When Angus brother in law Ebbin disappears during World War I and his wife mentally begins to disappear he enlists with the promise of a safe cartographer s job in London Away from any actual fighting, he will be able to search for Ebbin Instead, Angus is thrust into the front lines of battle in France He finds himself an officer and changing in ways he never imagined in a world where death is expected and surviving is a surprise On the home front, Angus son Simon Peter also struggles to find who he will become as he tries to understand his pacifist grandfather, emotionally vacant mother and a country caught in the patriotic fever that only something as unknown and distant as a war across the sea could create The cost of loyalty, the ugly face of prejudice and the hell war brings to both the soldiers on the front line and those who wait anxiously back home weaves a never sentimental but very soulful story I have been struggling to write this annotation not trusting how to put the experience of this book into words The research done is incredible To say the words are beautiful seems wrong to say in a book that gives you vivid descriptions of war, the life in the trenches experienced and also the juxtaposition of the beauty of Nova Scotia The emotional havoc is palpable but the story line rarely goes where you expect it The characters are well drawn and so flawed that they linger in your head after finishing Life changes in the blink of an eye and Duffy does a masterful job of letting the reader watch everyone desperately trying to catch up.All these words to say, I did not want this book to end P.S Duffy s was one of the superb authors to speak at Books On The Night Stand s Booktopia Vermont event this past weekend Procrastination found me reading Penny Duffy s The Cartographer of No Man s Land at the last minute I literally finished at lunch just before her talk I truly did not realize I could be so interested in a book about the first world war Penny Duffy feels this is due to America s distance from the causes and issues The reality of war jump right off the page as her descri P.S Duffy s was one of the superb authors to speak at Books On The Night Stand s Booktopia Vermont event this past weekend Procrastination found me reading Penny Duffy s The Cartographer of No Man s Land at the last minute I literally finished at lunch just before her talk I truly did not realize I could be so interested in a book about the first world war Penny Duffy feels this is due to America s distance from the causes and issues The reality of war jump right off the page as her descriptions of battles, trenches and the like make you feel you are there, feel the pain, the sorrow, the devastation that these men endured Do not let this keep you from reading The Cartographer of No Man s Land There isIt is a story about fathers and sons, husbands and wives, loss and love The language is exquisite It quickly became evident to me that this fast reading was a huge mistake I did get the essence of the story and a realization that this is a special book, one that merits a closer, slower, reading I am certain I missed things in my fast read My plan is to revisit this when a larger piece of reading time permits The Cartographer of No Man s Land deserves no less Gorgeous writing with well crafted, evocative sentences that I would often re read just to savor them The Nova Scotia France storylines were equally engaging The characters were interesting complex and I loved the often atypical family dynamics Angus and Simon Peter are sympathetic protagonists and several of the secondary characters especially Charlotte either quickly, or eventually, became favorites of mine Gorgeous writing with well crafted, evocative sentences that I would often re read just to savor them The Nova Scotia France storylines were equally engaging The characters were interesting complex and I loved the often atypical family dynamics Angus and Simon Peter are sympathetic protagonists and several of the secondary characters especially Charlotte either quickly, or eventually, became favorites of mine ETA I figured it out Even though I ought to love this book, I don t, and that is because there is little humor in it I don t need laugh out loud humor, but I want to smile at the way the author draws a situation or a person No, there is very little humor in this book so reading it is kind of a chore It ought to be good, but it isn t really Don t tell me humor doesn t belong in a book about a war There is always something to smile at when a book is about people I just picked up The Other ETA I figured it out Even though I ought to love this book, I don t, and that is because there is little humor in it I don t need laugh out loud humor, but I want to smile at the way the author draws a situation or a person No, there is very little humor in this book so reading it is kind of a chore It ought to be good, but it isn t really Don t tell me humor doesn t belong in a book about a war There is always something to smile at when a book is about people I just picked up The Other Side of the Bridge, and reading this I knew at once what was wrong with The Cartographer of No Man s Land In Mary Lawson s book each sentence makes me smile I don t know if the book will be good but at least for now reading it is enjoyable This is a good book of historical fiction It contains LOTS of interesting information on the role of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in WW1, culminating in the Battle of Vimy Ridge in the Nord Pas de Calais region of France April 9 12, 1917 the explosion of the vessel Mont Blanc on April 9, 1918 in Halifax Bay and following tidal wave the after effects plaguing those who survived the war German internment camps in Canada banks fishing and community life in HalifaxAll of the above is woven into a story about an extended family living in a village near Halifax There is a coming of age story, a love story and a story about women who discover their own capabilities The history is woven into family events so you never feel you are being lectured It just sinks in I didn t know that Canadian nurses in the war were referred to as Bluebirds I didn t know that some of the Canadian soldiers wore kilts Sassoon s protests and the development of electro therapy it is all here The story covers a small time period, a littlethan one year beginning in February 1917 Chapters alternate between Halifax and fighting on the front in France, but the time period is the same It is simple to know where you are the events and the people make this obvious, and you see what is happening in two places at a given moment in time Both the war scenes and the life in Halifax drew me in All of the characters are equally well drawn There are other themes too woven into the book the value of art, traditional foods and flora and fauna and beeches This author looks at nature she is aware of nature.I liked the reality of how the characters behave I liked the ending You aren t delivered a fairy tale, but that isn t to say the story is without hope Pain and hardship and hope are well balanced How do I feel on completion That was a good read Maybe the reason I don t give itthan three stars is that I have read so many books now on the war so the content just does not surprise me any This is a good strong three star book and I do recommend it.One word about the audiobook narration by David Marantz This I did not like, not at all I had to tell myself to listen to the author s lines and not how they sounded He made good prose sound corny There are French characters and their French is just laughable Let me put it this way, it sounds like I am reading the French, not a native French person The narration is extremely unprofessional When he sings you want to laugh Read the book instead until it is available by another, better narrator