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  • ISBN 1844086089
  • ISBN13 978-1844086085
  • Language English
  • Author Elizabeth Speller
  • Publisher Little, Brown Book Group Limited; Export ed edition (2010)
  • Formats lit lrf azw doc
  • Category No category
  • Size ePub 1963 kb
  • Size Fb2 1776 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 800


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бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. London, 1920. In the aftermath of the Great War and a devastating family tragedy, Laurence Bartram has turned his back on the world

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. In the aftermath of the Great War and a devastating family tragedy, Laurence Bartram has turned his back on the world. But with a well-timed letter, an old flame manages to draw him back in. Mary Emmetts brother Johnlike Laurence, an officer during the warhas apparently killed himself while in the care of a remote veterans hospital, and Mary needs to know wh. ided by his friend Charlesa dauntless gentleman with detective skills cadged from mystery novelsLaurence begins asking difficult questions. What connects a group of war poets, a bitter.

She took his arm as they walked into the street. Have you ever gone to the films? I suppose you have, living in London?'. Laurence shook his head. Not recently,' he said. Not recently,' he said re flickering newsreels at HQ. 'Would you like to, next time, perhaps?'. I'd love that,' said Mary. I saw Lillian Gish a while back, in The Greatest Thing in Life, and she was beautiful and funny. Or we could go to a play? Heartbreak House might be more your thing.

The book centres on the apparent suicide of Captain Emmett in the months after his return from wa. Elizabeth Speller has raised the game of what & said' as being more important than what is actually uttered, to a high art form.

The book centres on the apparent suicide of Captain Emmett in the months after his return from war. Laurence Bartram is asked by Emmett's sister to investigate why his schoolfriend killed himself - Bartram is himself deeply disturbed by the war & the loss of his family whilst he was away and this project gives him a focus as the apparent suicide is revealed to be much more complex. This provides for an unexpected and rather beautiful denouement and salvation for one who appeared irredeemable.

Captain Emmett has managed to survive World War A. .Elizabeth Speller’s write beautifully and is a fine storyteller

Captain Emmett has managed to survive World War A.it's a little bit Maisie Dobbs a little bit Ian Rutledge, a little bit Regeneration triliogy with a dash of the for God and country innocence and awakening of . It has an intriguing start followed by weak plotting but I still enjoyed it very much. Elizabeth Speller’s write beautifully and is a fine storyteller. Those characters, lightly sketched, have faded from my mind, but their stories and their emotions have stayed with me.

Originally published: London : Virago, 2010. Mary Emmett's brother John, an officer during the recently ended World War I, has apparently killed himself while in the care of a remote veterans' hospital, and Mary needs to know why. She contacts an old flame, Laurence Bartram, who has turned his back on the world to help her find answers.

Author: Elizabeth Speller.

The Return of Captain John Emmett. Author: Elizabeth Speller.

Mary Emmett’s brother, John-like Laurence, an officer during the war-has apparently killed himself while in the care of a.

Mary Emmett’s brother, John-like Laurence, an officer during the war-has apparently killed himself while in the care of a remote veterans’ hospital, and Mary needs to know why. Aided by his friend-a dauntless gentleman with detective skills cadged from mystery novels-Laurence begins asking difficult questions. At once a compelling mystery and an elegant literary debut, The Return of Captain John Emmett blends psychological depth with suspenseful storytelling that calls to mind the golden age of British crime fiction, full of jolting revelations and quiet insights (The Wall Street Journal). A captivating wartime whodunit.

Книга жанра: Старинная литература, Старинная литература: Прочее. He read the letter again and slowly the impact of her news sank in. What on earth had led the self-contained but confident boy he had known at school to kil himself, having survived four years of war? Chapter Three. John and Laurence had arrived at Marlborough on the same day in 1903. Laurence's first impression of school was of warm reds and rusts: one handsome, square brick building after another and the early autumn colours of huge horse-chestnut trees

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Ral
All these four- and five-star reviews make me wonder if we read the same book. I found Elizabeth Speller's book weak, derivative, shallow, error-filled. It is an imitation, and the proverbial pale one, of the quite good mysteries by Jacqueline Winspear, Charles Todd, Frances Brody, Rennie Airth, Alan Rustage, and a dozen others whose novels are set during the First World War and the years immediately following. Even the lighthearted Dandy Gilver mysteries by Catriona McPherson are authentic in both feeling and detail about the war and its aftermath in a way the superficial Elizabeth Speller never is.

And I just couldn't get past things such as:
-- She puts rattlesnakes in India, although they are strictly a New World reptile.
-- Someone see the rings of Saturn with the naked eye, which is impossible.
-- A well-educated English officer's collection of Iron Age artifacts are actually Neolithic, per his description of them.
-- Another well-educated English officer (who had just been through a war with Germany, to boot) is unable to puzzle out the meaning of a few words of German, which are a familiar adage, although I could with my high school education.
-- A third person talks about what a good writer Bulldog Drummond is although, of course, Drummond is the fictional character created by the writer H. C. McNeile, aka "Sapper". (Also the first Bulldog Drummond was published in the year Speller's novel takes place but the character speaks as though he's read several.)
-- She wrote: "'Got the wind up yet?' Charles asked hopefully." Hopefully? For Charles to want Laurence to be alarmed or worried makes no sense in the context. Does she not know what "get the wind up" means?

Anyhow, all that was by about page 150, which is where I bailed out.
Phenade
Captain John Emmett returned to England from the "Great War" (now called World War I) with shell shock. He was put in a small hospital for veterans suffering from this trauma and seemed to be improving when he committed suicide. His sister Mary wrote Laurence Bertram, the only friend she recalled John having, to ask for help in discovering why he committed suicide and why he left bequests in his will to three people unknown to his family.

Laurence had known John in childhood, but really had had no contact with him as an adult. In addition, Laurence was suffering from his own emotional traumas from the war. Nonetheless, he agreed to look into the mystery of John's suicide as well as to learn who the three people were who received money from the estate. As John and his friend Charles explored these mysteries, more mysteries cropped up. Laurence even wondered if John had been murdered.

This book played with my mind. Periodically, I thought I knew who the people were, what had happened to John Emmett and why. Then something would happend that would prove me wrong. I actually did guess an important fact about half way through the book, but then things happened that made me think I had to be wrong. Later I'd go back to that same hypothesis and still later think I was wrong. Needless to say, things were not always as they seemed on the surface and there were frequent surprises.

This is not exactly a murder mystery, because we don't know if there was a murder, but it is a mystery.

I thought Speller did a good job of developing the characters of Laurence and Mary as well as some other characters. However, it was the plot that sucked me in. I learned some things about the war too.
Vispel
Not since I read Pat Barker's "Regeneration" trilogy have I read a novel of the Great War that caught me with such force. At first it seems the simple story of sorting out, what is a tragic death. The deeper you get within this wonderful novel you begin to believe that you are reading a great detective novel. Only later do you realize and enjoy the total depth of this beautiful story....the longlasting, disturbing, personality changing, and rippeling effects that the actions of war have upon, not only the people directly involved, but on those that never see the act of battle. We also see the extreme psychological barriers that are created to avoid dealing with things seen and done.

This is a truly great novel, written with such command of the language, you would actually believe it was written immediately after the war! Ms. Speller has a true gift to not only create the time period in her descriptions, but with the very language she uses.

An unbelievably warm, tender, caring and yet horror filled look back at the Great War through the eyes of those that were there, as well as through the eyes of those that waited and worried. Also a look at a part of Englands military attitudes from the time that is not flattering.

A remarkable first novel. Ranks with the very best fact based fiction of WW I.
Uscavel
I had not previously read any books by this author and was thrilled to find a great story. I was impressed by he character development, especially of the central character, Laurence. I felt the author did an excellent job of showing us Laurence' s pain & vulnerability. Through his investigation of John Emmett's s death, Laurence 're-discovers a sense of self-worth & can begin to share himself with others. His journey is spiritual as well as physical & enables Laurence to deal with his own emotional scars of the war. The author reveals the details connected with Emmett' s death through interviews with many who served with him & these provide fascinating insight into the agonies suffered by so many & the various ways they tried to rebuild their lives. I loved the period setting & the way the author tied up so many facts & characters into a believable, satisfactory ending. A very good book. I will be looking for more works from.this author!