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The Resource The cartographer of no man's land, P.S. Duffy

The cartographer of no man's land, P.S. Duffy

Label
The cartographer of no man's land
Title
The cartographer of no man's land
Statement of responsibility
P.S. Duffy
Title variation
cartographer of no mans land
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Language
eng
Summary
When his beloved brother-in-law goes missing at the front in 1916, Angus defies his pacifist upbringing to join the war and find him. Assured a position as a cartographer in London, he is instead sent directly into the visceral shock of battle. Meanwhile, at home, his son Simon Peter must navigate escalating hostility in a fishing village torn by grief
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Review
  • Angus MacGrath is caught between the artist he longs to be and the naval career his father believes is more fitting for a man supporting a family on the coast of Nova Scotia. Angus enlists in World War I with the promise of a safe cartographer's job, but finds himself thrust on the front lines of battle in France. The emotional havoc is palpable. Life changes in the blink of an eye and Duffy does a masterful job of letting the reader watch everyone desperately trying to catch up. -- Jennifer Hendzlik, Anythink Libraries, Thornton, CO. (LibraryReads, November 2013)
  • Duffy’s first novel explores the circles of hell opened up by war, both on the actual war front and at home. Angus MacGrath leaves his beloved Nova Scotia to enlist in WWI and find his missing brother-in-law, Ebbin, defying Angus’s pacifist father. A sailor with a deft hand for sketching and painting, Angus expects to serve as a cartographer in London, but instead is sent to the front lines in France as an officer. Facing the possibility of his own death and witnessing the deaths of the men around him daily, he changes in ways he couldn’t have imagined. At home, his 13-year-old son, Simon Peter, deals with his own revelations about loyalty, prejudice, and connection. The novel takes a series of surprising plot turns, sometimes leaving the reader wondering how much actually happened and how much was imagined by the characters to protect themselves from horrific realities. Physical and emotional geography are beautifully rendered, and Duffy’s vivid descriptions illuminate war’s transformative effect in fresh ways. Well-nuanced characters and carefully choreographed (but still surprising) situations make this a strong debut. Agent: Julie Barer, Barer Literary. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed July 15, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 28, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ The year is 1916, and Angus MacGrath leaves Snag Harbor, a hardscrabble Nova Scotia fishing village, to join the war and search for his adored brother-in-law, Ebbin Hant, who has gone missing on the front lines. An artist, Angus is promised a cartographer's position in London but is instead sent directly to the battlegrounds of France. Duffy's astounding first novel depicts terrifyingly real battle scenes, rich in subtle details, displaying the intimacies shared among soldiers and the memories that haunt them. While Angus battles in the trenches, his son Simon is fighting a war of his own back at home—traversing the growing hostility and blistering emotions of a grief-stricken village and his pacifist family while coming of age without his father. VERDICT Duffy's Nova Scotian roots trace back to over 250 years, and clearly the author has done her research to write a gripping World War I story told from two fronts, France and Canada. Essential reading for historical fiction lovers and war story fans alike; very highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 4/29/13.]— Lisa Block, Atlanta --Lisa Block (Reviewed August 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 14, p84)
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10220581
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Duffy, P. S
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • War and families
  • World War, 1914-1918
Target audience
adult
Label
The cartographer of no man's land, P.S. Duffy
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Control code
ocn829738421
Dimensions
cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
384 pages
Isbn
9780871403766
Lccn
2013011166
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)829738421
Label
The cartographer of no man's land, P.S. Duffy
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn829738421
Dimensions
cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
384 pages
Isbn
9780871403766
Lccn
2013011166
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)829738421

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