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Echoes of the War

J. M. Barrie

Book Overview: 

Short stories with dramatic parts about civilian life in London during the First World War. Some humorous moments.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .dgered man looms over her, terrible for the last time.

'Woman, is there no getting rid of you!'

'Are you angry?'

He sits down with a groan.

'Oh, hell! Give me some tea.'

She rushes about preparing a meal for him, every bit of her wanting to cry out to every other bit, 'Oh, glory, glory, glory!' For a moment she hovers behind his chair. 'Kenneth'! she murmurs. 'What?' he asks, no longer aware that she is taking a liberty. 'Nothing,' she says, 'just Kenneth,' and is off gleefully for the tea-caddy. But when his tea is poured out, and he has drunk a saucerful, the instinct of self-preservation returns to him between two bites.

'Don't you be thinking, missis, for one minute that you have got me.'

'No, no.'

On that understanding he. . . Read More

Community Reviews

From TIA:
Radio adaptation of two little remembered J M Barrie short plays on the subject of love, loss and remembrance in time of war:

A Well-Remembered Voice - A couple have lost their son in the trenches. The young man's mother tries to speak to him through a seance, while his father simply reminis

To be honest, I don't remember this one too well compared to the other J.M Barrie books I've read. I do remember having a bit of a laugh, but it didn't make as much of an impression on me as some of the others.

I admit, I actually only read the first play in this volume. I beleive there are three or four total. It was witty and rather delightful. Hopefully I'll get around to reading the others some day.

Wonderfully moving simple book of four stories involving ordinary families during The Great War, published in 1918. Written by the author of the famous Peter Pan.

I've never been a fan of Peter Pan but I did see a wonderful ghost story play by J.M. Barrie a couple years ago and so when I found a lovely old 1918 edition of this book I decided to get it.

The book listed Four plays, but they were more prose than plays and definitely appeared to be meant to read r

"We have a fine for speaking about the war.
And you know, those fellows we were fighting ...
I forget who they were?"

This book is a collection of four short stories involving families affected by world war one.

Each of the stories takes place over a single scene, and the stories were so condensed and so well constructed. I really feel like these are bite sized masterpieces. (a la twilight zone or twelve angry men)