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Post Of Honor (1978)

Post of Honor (1978)

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0671822632 (ISBN13: 9780671822637)

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Whew, what a ride!"Post of Honor" is part two in the 'Horseman Riding By' trilogy (The first being "Long Summer Day"). It follows along perfectly from book one with no gap of time and minimal re-hashing.*So, where to start? In POH we have yet another epic, about 100 pages too long but once you've started, you simply have to read every word because the people have begun to mean something to you. Skimming is impermissible. It begins in 1914 with some looking back to 1912 to set the stage. WW1 takes up a large chunk of the book (as it should) but the results of said war are so huge that we're left reeling for the remainder.So many people die ...SO so many. And because so many die, more characters are introduced (entire cast here is probably over 100 but thankfully we do have a character chart at the beginning for at least the main ones) and eventually it becomes impossible to develop each person fully; to me they started resembling mere seeds for future harvests. In saying that, I have got attached to one or two of the next generation and if Delderfield dares wipe them out in WW2 I'll personally throw the last book of the series at his gravestone.So in book two the valley is struggling to come to terms with the results of a world war: decimated population, new attitudes, and industrial progress. A few of the farms become empty and rundown and Paul Craddock's own brood of children seem disinclined to follow in their father's footsteps. Can the future be staved off by one man's passion for the past? Read it for yourself to find out. I have to be honest. This book is a little depressing. Aside from deaths, it's disappointing to see the Craddock's lack of connection with most of their own children who are left to be as silly as they please or fly the coop with a mere shrug of the shoulders. Because of some of the changes that come about with age and new generations, some readers may wish to read only book one in the series and just pretend they all live happily ever after. That's fine! For me, well I've just been dumped on the threshold of WW2 and for better or worse I have to see it out in "The Green Gauntlet".CONTENT:SEX: Behind closed doors but quite a lot of it. Sometimes it seemed like every inhabitant was promiscuous and to me that wasnt realistic. It felt more like 1966 (the date of publication) than 1914. Yes, it happened. But seriously, everyone? Barring the parson and one or two misfits, everyone is randy (even for some, after 6 kids and 30 years of marriage)? And everyone is openminded and nonjudgemental? Out of wedlock children are no big deal? Even 'respectables' can mess around in parked cars and remain respectable? No, I don't think so.VIOLENCE: Wartime violence but not graphic at allPROFANITY: Mainly D's and Bs.MY RATING: PG-13RECOMMENDED READING AUDIENCE: Adult* (Strangely enough there was more back tracking in the second half of this, enough for me to wonder if "Post of Honor" was originally going to be two volumes (perhaps the first half tacked on to Long Summer Day and the second half the beginning of "Green Gauntlet", making two 900 page books instead of three at 670, 640 and 450. Hmmm I wonder...)

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This book takes a look at the years of the Great War to the Second War. It is dense and with the previous book and perhaps as a show of the times in which it was written, Delderfield takes on a long journey.The faults of the first book, changing speakers in one paragraph of dialogue are here in the second. Changing points of view, and often undimensional characters as well. We see the world mostly through the eyes of the Squire, Paul Craddock, but the man seems to walk around in a stupor. He is unconnected to all his children and does not really seem to care about any. He cares more about farm prices then about anything else.Perhaps this is indicative of being British. His children are an afterthought, and they are an afterthought of the writer as well. A dynasty is here and it is ignored. We of course only see the world through our own eyes, but it would be nice to have tried to show how another generation does not see the world change so much as they see a place to participate. It is age that shows us that things have changed, and the lead character ends this book shortly after sixty. That he leads a bucolic life might allow us to believe that the entire roaring twenties did not take place. Since we go from the Armistice to the Crash in a blink of an eye.And then luckily for our hero, he is tipped off that Herr Hitler is more than a little foolish man. It seems like a terrible plot device to have our hero be the only one ready for the Second big show. Since of course the author knows it is coming. It would seem much nicer if he was caught up as all his tenants and friends were.In all, we get a glimpse of some of the world of Geroge V. Not much. There is a great deal of thought about sex and how good one looks, and can one still have sex when you are on the down side of the time line. Far too much repetition here, and in other thoughts that pad the book out to almost six hundred pages. In the God is an Englishman series, as I recall, we see the world through the eyes of the next generation as well, and that gives us a glimpse to how the Country changed over the course of the Victorian era.Here we hardly see that at all, and I think we would have had a much richer tale if we had.

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