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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I don't believe he was talkative before the war, but his long weeks in hospital, starving for news, had unstrung him. And then he was mad with excitement at getting back to his own place. In the interval he'd heard how other people caught in their country-houses had fared—you know the stories we all refused to believe at first, and that we now prefer not to think about.... Well, he'd been thinking about those stories pretty steadily for some months; and he kept repeating: "My people say they're all right—but they give no details."

"You see," he explained, "there never were such helpless beings. Even if there had been time to leave, they couldn't have done it. My mother had been having one of her worst attacks of rheumatism—she was in bed, helpless, when I left. And my grandmother, who is a demon of activity in the house, won't stir out of it. We haven't been able to coax her into the garden for years. She says it's draughty; and you know how w. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Edith Wharton was American but she was living in France duuring World War I and the subject found it's way into several of her stories. This short book was about a small French village, Rechamp, and a soldier who lived there and the aftermath of it's occupation and destruction. Edith Wharton was...more

I can't remember where or when I heard about this short story, a digitised version of which is available at no cost from a number of sources. However, it's been reviewed by my GR friend Jan, so it's probably something I learned about from her. If so, thank you Jan! Unfortunately, I don't know the...more

A ambulance driver meets a wounded French soldier in the hospital. The young man is very worried about his parents, his younger sister and his fiance, whom he has not heard from for a long time. A German officer Sharlach, said to be a cruel man has ransacked other villagers, leaving death snd riu...more

Very moving at times. Originally published in a magazine. One of a series of books republished because they were deemed too important to lose.

The story is about what happened to the village and villa of Rechamp. A nasty commander who destroyed the properties of many, apparently just because he co...more

Liked it.

A short story about WWI by the author of Ethan Frome; an unnecessarily morbid love story I remember from English class senior year of high school. Not sure what the moral of the story was supposed to be.

3.5, really. Damn you, rating system!

A different track for Wharton. She can write about war with as much skill as she shows writing about high society. This one was not so much a satire as a showing of the horror of war.
It was also interesting to see the different reactions of the two men when they found out who it was who occupied...more