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The Letter Bearer Paperback – 25 February 2015
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The Rider has no memory of who he is, or how he came to be lying - dying - in the brutal heat of the North African desert. Rescued by a band of deserters, the Rider begins to piece together his identity, based on shards of recollection and the letters in his post bag.
The Letter Bearer is unlike any other novel of World War Two. It asks profound questions about trauma, warfare and the experience of desertion. This gripping story asks us to consider how men build hope when they have nothing left - not even a name.
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- Publisher : Granta Paperbacks (25 February 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1847088260
- ISBN-13 : 978-1847088260
- Dimensions : 12.95 x 1.78 x 19.81 cm
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Allison has ventured into rarely explored fictional territory here, touching on the themes of survival under extreme conditions, cowardice, desertion, and the importance of identity. The novel succeeds on all of the levels it explores due to a tightly structured narrative and intelligent and invigorating prose. It's refreshing to see a novel that has been so carefully and finely crafted by an author confident in his command of the language and his ability to paint a vivid and emotional landscape. Part mystery and part an exploration of war and of men that displace themselves from the horrors of combat both physically and mentally, The Letter Bearer stands out as an exceptional debut from an author to watch out for. Highly recommended!