Where White Horses Gallop

Where White Horses Gallop It is England has declared war on Germany and Canada will march beside her Soon the lives of five young friends living in rugged pristine Cape Breton will be changed forever Fiddler Benny Douce

  • Title: Where White Horses Gallop
  • Author: Beatrice MacNeil
  • ISBN: 9781552639153
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It is 1939 England has declared war on Germany, and Canada will march beside her Soon the lives of five young friends living in rugged, pristine Cape Breton will be changed forever Fiddler Benny Doucet, prospective med student Calum MacPherson, and fisherman Hector MacDonald all decide to enlist But Calum s handicapped brother Hamish is stuck at home, while Alex MacGreIt is 1939 England has declared war on Germany, and Canada will march beside her Soon the lives of five young friends living in rugged, pristine Cape Breton will be changed forever Fiddler Benny Doucet, prospective med student Calum MacPherson, and fisherman Hector MacDonald all decide to enlist But Calum s handicapped brother Hamish is stuck at home, while Alex MacGreggor, in love with the postmistress, hides in his mother s attic The fate of these devoted friends, during and after the war, hinges on forces beyond their control in this lyrical, vibrant novel by an award winning writer.

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    1. A beautifully heart-wrenching story of those that fight the war and those left behind. I was so very pleased with Beatrice MacNeil's writing.

    2. This is another wonderful Atlantic Canadian novel. It follows four friends from Cape Breton, along with their families, through the Second World War. Three of the young man enlist and after training in both Canada and Britain eventually make it to the front line. The fourth young man is already dealing badly with the trauma in his life and chooses a life at home. We see the parents of these young men and their feelings around the war and their sons' roles in it. We are invited into the thoughts [...]

    3. Very nearly a five starloved the setting, the intimacies of the small community. Discussing at Book Club tonight. Hope the group loved it also.My review dated March 1, 2008: Settle in and enjoy getting to know the people of Beinn Barra in the highlands of cape Breton, Canada as they endure the seperation of father from son, and of friend from friend, during the long days of World War II. Fiddler Benny Doucet, prospective med student Calum MacPherson,and fisherman Hector MacDougall all decide to [...]

    4. This is a beautifully written book. The narrative is emotional from beginning to end there were so many times i was nearly in tears. A tale of war, love, loss and sheer getting on with it. There was so much of this book i wanted to underline - the language was just sensational a bullet's path - "a searing sound of metal feasting on bone"How i wish i had this on kindle my highlighting function would have been going berserk. I bought this book at a craft stall on holiday and will certainly be look [...]

    5. This beautifully written book was a difficult read because of its vivid descriptions and the emotional attachments formed with the characters. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn more about the far reaching repercussions of war and most especially to those who glorify war.

    6. Beautiful and heartbreaking story of four young men from a small Cape Breton village, three of whom join up to fight in WWII and one who does not. Excellent!

    7. The previous reviewers describe the book beautifully. Herein lies the heart of Cape Breton - the music, the people and the sea. Thanks Liz for sharing it with me.

    8. During WW2, my late uncle fought in Ortona, Italy. He would only say to me that he had seen things no man should ever have to witness. He physically survived the war but his soul was scared forever. MacNeil poignantly, unflinchingly painted word pictures of my uncle's visions. And I finally understood.From wee Hamish's lovely innocent world, to Napoleon Doucet's dignity, to the depth of Gunner MacDonald, to the demons invading the sensitive, wounded soul of Alex MacGregor, to the.I could go on a [...]

    9. Poignant, sad and engrossing; Three young men sail off to war leaving behind yearning, frightened, lonely parents. These four young men also represent a culture and a way of life, the Scottish communities of cape Breton Nova Scotia, their Gallic language and their music, the pipes and the fiddle. Two young men return home disabled with post traumatic stress disabilities. Not all return to Cape Breton. we are introduced to he Cape Breton Highlanders, an army unit from Cape Breton. Often as I read [...]

    10. This is one of the best books, I ever read. Set in Cape Breton, following the lives of 5 young men, this novel was so beautifully written. The language was poetic. Read this a number of years back but the writing and imagery still leaves a lasting impression.

    11. Although the subject matter (WWII) was depressing as war always is, the characters in this book were amazingly real, true and so well established. The book was beautifully written, which made the subject matter a little easier to read. I believe it is one of the best books I have ever read.

    12. I couldn't put this book down. I started to really care about the characters. I also really enjoyed the style of writing. There was a poetic quality to the story.

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