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There’s No Home

Review by Andrew Murray Scott

This novel, by Alexander Baron, is set in a two-month lull after the fighting in Sicily in summer 1943 as the Allies regroup to launch an invasion on the Italian mainland.

The remnants of a British Battalion – 60 men – are quartered in the bombed-out and poverty-stricken backstreets of the town of Catania and gradually begin to form attachments with the local, mainly female, population.

Observed through the eyes of Sergeant Craddock, who forges a relationship with a young mother Graziella Drucci, whose soldier husband is missing in Africa, the military action is peripheral and the novel focuses closely on these attempts, on both sides, to forge  a new domesticity and some sort of rapprochement on the emotional scars of the war. (more…)

October 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm Leave a comment

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