Not so heroic

8 03 2014

The Hero by Somerset Maugham

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Decorated Boer war veteran returns home to his small village to a hero’s welcome. He realises he no longer wants to marry his fiancee who has waited faithfully for him so he breaks off the engagement, much to the distress of his parents and the whole community. He feels profoundly affected by his war experience and continues to struggle to come to terms with a world which hasn’t changed.

It’s a quick read, well crafted and really quite poignant. Maugham captures well the torment and oppression of the returning hero to his small town and his ensuing relationship turmoil.

3 star

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