By Eric McCormack
Rachel, the mum of the getting older professor Thomas Vanderlinden, shared her existence with males. either glided by the identify of Rowland Vanderlinden. the 1st husband went in another country and not back. the second one, whom Rachel additionally unquestioningly permitted as her husband, was once a secret.
In an try and comprehend his mother’s adventurous judgements relating to love and marriage, Thomas units out on a trip to the a long way reaches of the Pacific to discover the 1st Rowland, and his genuine father. because the secret of the 2 Rowlands unfolds in the course of the novel, so too does a desirable portrait of 1 lady and the alternatives she makes. Set earlier than a backdrop of fantastical locations, The Dutch Wife is a profound meditation at the nature of affection.
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Up here, Private, on the double,” he said. The soldier climbed the podium stairs awkwardly. He was very young, and when he removed his cap, he looked like a schoolboy, with brown hair plastered back. “Now, ladies and gentlemen,” said the Sergeant. ” The young soldier unbuttoned his tunic and handed it to the Sergeant. Then he opened his shirt. Rachel gasped at the sight. The soldier’s slight body was a mass of livid scars and dark incisions that were barely healed. “This young man,” announced the Sergeant, “was sprayed with shrapnel from a shell, just six months ago on the Western Front.
His eyes were burning. “I came to tell you this because I think he might have wanted you to know. ” She refused to accept that.
But instead she was full of dread. What should she expect from this man with his plump face and shrewd eyes? Was he nice or nasty? He sipped his beer once more, then began talking about his time at the Front, and in particular about three days of September rain. Each of those days, he said, the Highlanders had attempted to advance, in vain, suffered heavy casualties and had stumbled back to their own trenches. They were sprawled everywhere, exhausted from lack of sleep, their uniforms filthy with grey muck.
The Dutch Wife by Eric McCormack