Publisher description for The return of the soldier / Rebecca West ; introduction by Verlyn Klinkenborg ; illustrations by Norman Price.


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Counter Set during World War I on an isolated country estate just outside London, Rebecca West’s haunting novel The Return of the Soldier follows Chris Baldry, a shell-shocked captain suffering from amnesia, as he makes a bittersweet homecoming to the three women who have helped shape his life. Will the devoted wife he can no longer recollect, the favorite cousin he remembers only as a childhood friend, and the poor innkeeper’s daughter he once courted leave Chris to languish in a safe, dreamy past—or will they help him recover his memory so that he can return to the front? The answer is revealed through a heartwrenching, unexpected sacrifice.
The text of this Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the first American edition, published in 1918, and features original illustrations by Norman Price.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: World War, 1914-1918 England Fiction, Man-woman relationships Fiction, Country homes Fiction, War neuroses Fiction, Soldiers Fiction, Amnesia Fiction