I have been a fan of Sebastian Faulks since I read his first novel many years ago. He has a wonderful talent to take me right into his character's world. In this story he moves between world wars with ease. The impact of war on two generations is the background. In the foreground are two men from different cultures and life styles. Both of them have practiced psychiatry but in widely different ways. The younger of the two men knows little about his own father's war experiences but he learns more from the older man. The similarity of confronting choices soldiers make highlights the horror of war. There are very few women in the book. They provide some lighter moments. The concept of Post Traumatic Stress is tossed into the conversation as an odd idea coming from USA even though it is obvious how PSTD has affected the men.