The Cartographer of No Man's Land

The Cartographer of No Man's Land

eBook - 2013
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From a hardscrabble fishing village in Nova Scotia to the collapsing trenches of France, an astonishing debut novel about family divided by the great war.

Nova Scotia, 1916. Angus MacGrath, a skilled sailor and navigator, is lost--caught between a remote wife, a disapproving father, and a son seeking guidance. An ocean away from his coastal village, missing is Ebbin Hant, Angus's adventurous brother-in-law and best friend. Ebbin's unknown fate sets angus on an uncharted course with profound consequences for those he loves and those he comes to love.

In search of his own purpose and hoping against all odds to find Ebbin, Angus defies his pacifist upbringing and enlists. Assured a safe job as a military cartographer in London, he is instead assigned to the infantry and sent to the blood-soaked mud of the front-line trenches in France, where he begins his search.

Publisher: New York :, Liveright Publishing Corporation, a Division of W. W. Norton & Company,, 2013
ISBN: 9780143190660
0143190660
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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salgeogal
May 17, 2016

7 out of 10. Story wove between heartbreaks, but it was a good story

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Timmers75
Oct 31, 2014

Fifty to 75 pages too long. Author is a hell of a writer but falls short as a story-teller.

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eldis306
Jul 24, 2014

As the 100th anniversary of this terrible war is observed, this book is worth reading as the author beautifully explores the circles of hell opened up by war, both on the battlefield and the homefront.

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EmilyEm
Apr 20, 2014

A Nova Scotia man joins Canadian troops headed to the Great War, promised with his sailing, artistic and navigation skills he?ll be a cartographer. On the home front his son Simon watches the war and its effects on his family and neighbors.

Duffy has written a wonderful story that appealed to me on many levels. The mystery of brother-in-law Ebbin, thought missing in action, gives the narrative page-turning intensity. But, Simon?s coming-of-age age story, particularly as he confronts the prejudice against his German heritage teacher is touching. And, the widow and son where Angus billets behind the lines gives the story both humor and pathos. Good first effort from this Minnesota writer.

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eldis306
Jul 24, 2014

When his beloved brother-in-law Ebben goes missing in the “Great War”, Angus MacGrath puts aside his pacifist upbringing in a small fishing village in Nova Scotia and joins the army to search for him. Instead of becoming a cartographer working from London, Angus is thrust into the trenches in France. Back home, those who are left waiting are subjected to tension and hostility. As the 100th anniversary of this terrible war is observed, this book is worth reading as the author beautifully explores the circles of hell opened up by war, both on the battlefield and at home.

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