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4.5 What a beautifully written, but devastating book, this journey into a man s life Following Adam from his youth in London, to the coal mines in Scarsdale, and to the trench warfare and the Battle of the Somme, this is an epic tale on a grand level The details, the prose, the characters, their struggles, their hopes and their dreams are all revealed with a personal touch We come to know some of them so well, it felt as if at times I was right with them, though I was often glad I was not.The 4.5 What a beautifully written, but devastating book, this journey into a man s life Following Adam from his youth in London, to the coal mines in Scarsdale, and to the trench warfare and the Battle of the Somme, this is an epic tale on a grand level The details, the prose, the characters, their struggles, their hopes and their dreams are all revealed with a personal touch We come to know some of them so well, it felt as if at times I was right with them, though I was often glad I was not.The class divide, the struggle of the working men trying to improve their personal and working lives, and in many cases the obtuseness of the landowners Loved Seaton who was not representative of his class, and attempted to make his father and his mother understand exactly what the working men were facing, and did his best to protect them during battle The minister, his grasping and self centered wife, and their daughter are all important characters The story is related in chronological order, which made me so happy, and served to heighten the impact of what they went through, how they lived.The Battle of the Somme, so horrible and the author does not flinch from relating many of these horror The loss of life, terrible conditions, Generals who had no clue, the high cost these men paid, but also the way the men looked out for each other, the loyalty and the friendships A horrible time, those who made it had difficulty adjusting back into their lives and this too would cost the dearly There are revelations, and secrets exposed that propel the book forward A wonderful read with an interesting and a mixed group of characters Book s end does wrap up the story but is open ended enough to allow a sequel Never have been a fantasy reader, but did have to read Lord of the Rings in school, I actually liked this book much better [[ Ebook ]] ☋ No Man’s Land ⇲ From the slums of London to the riches of an Edwardian country house from the hot, dark seams of a Yorkshire coalmine to the exposed terrors of the trenches, Adam Raine s journey from boy to man is set against the backdrop of a society violently entering the modern worldAdam Raine is a boy cursed by misfortune His impoverished childhood in the slums of Islington is brought to an end by a tragedy that sends him north to Scarsdale, a hard living coalmining town where his father finds work as a union organizer But it isn t long before the escalating tensions between the miners and their employer, Sir John Scarsdale, explode with terrible consequencesIn the aftermath, Adam meets Miriam, the Rector s beautiful daughter, and moves into Scarsdale Hall, an opulent paradise compared with the life he has been used to before But he makes an enemy of Sir John s son, Brice, who subjects him to endless petty cruelties for daring to step above his stationWhen love and an Oxford education beckon, Adam feels that his life is finally starting to come together until the outbreak of war threatens to tear everything apart Adam Raine is a poor London boy who moves north to the coal mining district with his father after his mother is killed in an accident during a workers strike More tragedy awaits Adam but because others see a certain spark in him, good fortunate comes to him as well, and he is offered a better life and a chance for an education That is all derailed as WWI begins and nearly all the young men of the town enlist Those who survive the battle of the Somme July 1 November 18, 1916 , one of the blo Adam Raine is a poor London boy who moves north to the coal mining district with his father after his mother is killed in an accident during a workers strike More tragedy awaits Adam but because others see a certain spark in him, good fortunate comes to him as well, and he is offered a better life and a chance for an education That is all derailed as WWI begins and nearly all the young men of the town enlist Those who survive the battle of the Somme July 1 November 18, 1916 , one of the bloodiest battles in human history, will find their lives changed forever There are excellent depictions of Edwardian society and the class struggles of the time such a huge dichotomy between rich and poor But most unforgettable are Tolkien s depictions of what the soldiers went through on the battlefields and trenches of the Western front days of intense boredom, followed by days of unimaginable fear when the battle commenced Yet they had the courage to do their duty and follow orders, sometimes performing great acts of courage and bravery, sometimes committing abominable acts One could make the case that Tolkien s characters are stereotypical the fainting maiden, the brave officer, the foppish younger son, the invalid mother, the callous lord of the manor but I loved them all and they are stereotypes because they are so true to life For those who enjoy historical fiction about WWI, this book is for you I kept remembering All Quiet on the Western Front as I read, told from the German soldier s point of view Perhaps this novel will take its place with this and other classic war stories I was fortunate to win this fine book in the Keep Turning Pages group s monthly giveaway Thank you, Doubleday Simon Tolkien is the grandson of the famous J.R.R Tolkien Obviously, great writing talent runs in the family I did not enjoy reading this, so I cannot give it anything but one star Seriously, I groaned every time I picked it up I in no way take the lofty stance that my review is a judgment of the book it just expresses my personal reaction to it I will try and explain what I was looking for and what it gave The two did not fit First of all, I thought I would be given a fictional retelling of J.R.R Tolkien s life, the acclaimed author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings I thought I would com I did not enjoy reading this, so I cannot give it anything but one star Seriously, I groaned every time I picked it up I in no way take the lofty stance that my review is a judgment of the book it just expresses my personal reaction to it I will try and explain what I was looking for and what it gave The two did not fit First of all, I thought I would be given a fictional retelling of J.R.R Tolkien s life, the acclaimed author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings I thought I would come to understand how it came to be that J.R.R Tolkien wrote books of fantasy Simon Tolkien, the author of this book, is J.R.R Tolkien s grandson The grandson s book is NOT a retelling of his grandfather s life, not by any means After completing the book I read about J.R.R Tolkien on Wiki Adam Raine, the central character of this novel, was said to be J.R.R Tolkien s surrogate, but the two have different dates of birth, different places of birth and the parents lives don t match up at all This book can say nothing about why the grandfather felt drawn to fantasy It says nothing about J.R.R Tolkien Don t make the mistake I made I admire the grandfather s ability to create an imaginary world and to bring that world alive The story Simon tells has been told by others many, many times before It has nothing new C mon now, you cannot tell me you haven t already read other books about the gruesome fighting of the First World War, about the life of poor coal miner families, about the conditions in London slums at the beginning of the 20th century or about workers fight for better working conditions by means of trade unions The themes covered are not new Sure, you can read all of this again if the author s writing is exceptional or if the characters lives pull you in Unfortunately, in Simon s book the prose is ordinary The plot line is predictable The characters are stereotypes I was not pulled in So why do so many like this book I cannot but ask myself this question I think it will appeal to those readers who like action, adventure stories, books made for the movies Fast paced, exciting tales We are given a mine explosion, a fire, attempted murder and suicide as well as WW1 trench warfare And of course there is a thwarted love affair too Very many readers love books set up as series This one is that too I d bet my last dollar that this book will be have a sequel Many threads are left open another book has to follow It took me halfway through the novel before I came to feel anything for the characters The friendship that grows between the soldiers fighting in the trenches, this I did like The fighting is at the Battle of the Somme I appreciate how the novel highlights the difficulties soldiers experience at home on leave In the trenches the book focuses, again, on action we follow an expedition behind German lines The author does not shy away from explicit renditions of body parts flying in different directions, of blood and gore The descriptions are not for the fainthearted Much less attention is drawn to the never ending waiting and monotony of trench warfare Such is just not all that exciting even if it too is part of war This book is a book of action, and it is cinematically told If you are looking for a book that instead focuses on complicated characters or a book that gives food for thought, this is not that book The audiobook is very, very well narrated by Christian Coulson You hear clear differences in the speech of the lower and upper class characters It is easy to follow I didn t think he had to make Brice, view spoiler the bad guy in this story hide spoiler , sound quite so despicable The author s words made this clear the exaggerated intonation was just not necessary This book was not for me I don t enjoy cinematic writing I prefer books that focus on characterizations rather than action So many other better books tell the same story as that told here, and finally, you learn nothing about the author s grandfather Read these books instead How Green Was My ValleyAll Quiet on the Western Front Thank you to Doubleday and Keep Turning Pages for this novel.Adam Raine goes from poverty to wealth Poverty in all it s forms and barrenness, but to the wealth of friendship, love, honor, and respect Although his life has always been a very hard road to travel, he has always remained his own man Through the death of both parents, moving into a strange new situation that is way out of his league, the wrath and cunning of a person who should love him like a brother, meddling women of the upper Thank you to Doubleday and Keep Turning Pages for this novel.Adam Raine goes from poverty to wealth Poverty in all it s forms and barrenness, but to the wealth of friendship, love, honor, and respect Although his life has always been a very hard road to travel, he has always remained his own man Through the death of both parents, moving into a strange new situation that is way out of his league, the wrath and cunning of a person who should love him like a brother, meddling women of the upper social class, the loss of the woman he loves and also the man who gives him every benefit in this life that he humanly can Adam goes through the war and loses people very close to him and comes out of that sealed in his own empty tomb His misfortune is always around him But not all is lost Adam maintains his good outlook, his friends and his sense of self after all is said and done He is eternally thankful for what he has been given and the education he was provided He can finally see a future and leave his past behind I think this book is exceptionally well written I became involved with all the characters on one level or another I laughed and I cried in this book It did not read as an over 500 page novel, but one of much fewer pages See this and other reviews at Inspired by the real life experiences of his grandfather, J.R.R Tolkien, during World War I, Simon Tolkien delivers a perfectly rendered novel rife with class tension, period detail, and stirring action, ranging from the sharply divided society of northern England to the trenches of the Somme I must have read that line three times before glancing at the rest of the description on Simon Tolkien s No Man s Land I m a World See this and other reviews at Inspired by the real life experiences of his grandfather, J.R.R Tolkien, during World War I, Simon Tolkien delivers a perfectly rendered novel rife with class tension, period detail, and stirring action, ranging from the sharply divided society of northern England to the trenches of the Somme I must have read that line three times before glancing at the rest of the description on Simon Tolkien s No Man s Land I m a World War junkie anyway, but Tolkien s life is a brilliant story and I couldn t resist the idea of seeing it brought to life by the iconic author s own grandson I ll grant I was a little wary of the fact that Simon s protagonist required a name change, but I was otherwise optimistic so I tracked down a copy and jumped in.Unfortunately, the reality of what I discovered didn t rise to the level of my admittedly inflated expectations I mean no offense to either the author or the many readers who ve praised his work, but No Man s Land simply didn t work for me I m in the minority here so feel free to throw my opinions to the wind, but I found both the pacing and prose insufferably dull and struggled with the harsh perspective afforded through inadvertent comparison to Ken Follett s Fall of Giants.I read the books only months apart and despite obvious differences in size and scope, there is a noticeable degree of overlapping plot between the two I tried to disassociate and judge on individual merit, but when push comes to shove I have to admit that Follett is the stronger writer and that Tolkien s approach to the same material left me wanting.Is it fair to judge a book this way Probably not Will my admission ruffle feathers There s a chance Do I care Not a whit I ve great respect for the author s ideas and intention, but I can t see myself recommending No Man s Land to fellow enthusiasts of either Tolkien s subject or genre So an embarrassing full literary disclosure.I have never read any of The Lord of the Rings books so I have no first hand knowledge of JRR Tolkien s writing abilities but the popularity of the series speaks for itself Many have praised this debut novel by Simon Tolkien JRR s grandson , as worthy of the Tolkien name in the literary world.When this novel came across my desk for review, the last name of course immediately captured my attention and I was eager to see what the novel was about Obvi So an embarrassing full literary disclosure.I have never read any of The Lord of the Rings books so I have no first hand knowledge of JRR Tolkien s writing abilities but the popularity of the series speaks for itself Many have praised this debut novel by Simon Tolkien JRR s grandson , as worthy of the Tolkien name in the literary world.When this novel came across my desk for review, the last name of course immediately captured my attention and I was eager to see what the novel was about Obviously the Tolkien name carries a lot of clout in the literary world but I wondered if this new author would be able to live up to the famous family name The title and cover imply that it s a WWI period novel so right there it was an easy yes I ll review the novel response Edwardian era and WWI England are a sure way to my literary heart.This novel has so much to offer readers I was certainly impressed with Tolkien s ability to compose a well written and historically detailed novel To me, writing a war time novel is sometime the most difficult because war is often a depressing subject There needs to be a balanced mixture of historical facts and authenticity with a little bit of hope within the story as well Tolkien nailed it This book was inspiring but yet echoed not just the tragedy of the era but the cruelty of life but yet there was still hope because it is a rags to riches story set against the Great War I absolutely loved following Adam s story.While it took a little time for me to get into the book, after an accident that changes Adam s life happens Then things really started to pick up for me and once I was into the book I couldn t put it down This is one of those books that will make you cry and cheer all at the same time Tolkien s attention to detail, especially when it comes to character development and historic detail was superb.I cannot say enough good things about this book Well written, moving, powerful, and memorable I have no doubt Simon Tolkien has done Tolkien name justice His writing and story telling abilities are wonderful and this historic details are well researched with an echo of truth What a great way to kick off my 2017 reading See my full review here No Man s Land is a novel that I can only describe as a beautifully written but devastating book to read It follows the life of Adam Raine, from his childhood poverty in Islington, a move to a mining community in Yorkshire and then to the trauma at the Somme.It did take me some time to get into it but I was prepared for this after seeing a handful of reviews that said the same I found it picked up after a serious accident at the mine that changed Adam s life completely He adapted to his life q No Man s Land is a novel that I can only describe as a beautifully written but devastating book to read It follows the life of Adam Raine, from his childhood poverty in Islington, a move to a mining community in Yorkshire and then to the trauma at the Somme.It did take me some time to get into it but I was prepared for this after seeing a handful of reviews that said the same I found it picked up after a serious accident at the mine that changed Adam s life completely He adapted to his life quite well, even though he still felt like an outsider much of the time Luckily he had some good friends in the village and with Seaton, his benefactor s son.When war broke out Adam was initially reluctant to join up but after being in Scarborough when it came under attack he realized that he had no other option The parts of the novel that covered the war was the most upsetting piece of fiction that I have ever read There were times that everything I was reading had me in tears and I was constantly processing it even when I wasn t reading it.Simon Tolkien does a fantastic job of portraying the fear experienced by the soldiers The ineptitude of the generals along with the sights, smell and noise of the battle Certain descriptions of the trenches will probably stay with me for years.But amongst all of this was the friendship between Adam, Ernest, Rawdon, Luke, Seaton, Harry, Davy, and the ones who were left at home that gave strength and odd touches of humour to the novel.This is a novel that at times I struggled to read but only because of how it made me feel emotionally It s one that I wouldn t hesitate to recommend, brilliant I find this a difficult book to rate Perhaps I had too high expectations because of the author s surname, which isn t fair.It s a good story, but nothing out of the ordinary I ve readbooks with such story lines I would also have liked it to be shorter, it would have given itspeed and sparkle But I will remember the story because of the detailed happenings the mines and in the trenches in Picardie. An epic work of master storytelling Thank you to Netgalley and Harperfiction for providing e ARC I read this as a Remembrance Day read Like Findley s The Wars it was a remarkable and moving feat of storytelling honouring those that fought in the Great War An epic work of master storytelling Thank you to Netgalley and Harperfiction for providing e ARC I read this as a Remembrance Day read Like Findley s The Wars it was a remarkable and moving feat of storytelling honouring those that fought in the Great War