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The year is 1915, Robert Ross, a young Canadian, enlists as an officer. We follow him from his cloistered home in Toronto to army training in Alberta, the troopship crossing of the Atlantic, the slaughter at Ypres, military leave and romantic attachment in England, and a return to the devastation in Belgium. He is not yet twenty, and the novel chronicles his tangled responses to the new places and people which assail him on both sides of the Atlantic. The psychological pressure of private and public events builds to a tremendous force, and at the climax on the battlefield, Robert commits a desperate "act of madness." But the question is raised: what sort of madness? Protest? Or a resounding affirmation? The novel may focus on one war, but it is also the story of all wars. En route Findley gives us superb cameos of those who surround Robert: his family, his comrades, the animals he responds to so deeply, a flighty heiress in England, and the two delightful women whose memories of Robert help the narrator reconstruct what happened. Findley's scenes remain uncannily in the mind, at times evoking a doomed and comfortable era; at others depicting the humour and the horror of the trenches. The whole book has the immediacy, and impact, of film. It is a miraculous infusion of life into the yellowing photographs and letters we all remember. And at its centre is the compassionate portrait of Robert Ross, a young man whose smouldering inner warfare bursts into flame as he is swept into the most traumatic war in history. The Wars is an elemental novel with a magnificent feel for its period. It is a dazzling and powerful achievement.

TIMOTHY FINDLEY is an internationally acclaimed author whose novels include NOT WANTED ON THE VOYAGE, THE LAST OF THE CRAZY PEOPLE and THE TELLING OF LIES. In 1986 he was made an officer of the Order of Canada.

 
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Hardback Editions

November 2002 : UK Hardback
Title: Wars
Author(s): Timothy Findley
ISBN: 0-14-301488-9 / 978-0-14-301488-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada (AHC)
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January 1997 : USA Hardback
Title: Wars
Author(s): Timothy Findley
ISBN: 0-670-87607-0 / 978-0-670-87607-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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1989 : Canada Hardback
Title: The Wars
Author(s): Timothy Findley
ISBN: 0-7737-2364-1 / 978-0-7737-2364-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Irwin
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November 1978 : UK Hardback
Title: The Wars
Author(s): Timothy Findley
ISBN: 0-333-24362-5 / 978-0-333-24362-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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April 1978 : USA Hardback
Title: The Wars
Author(s): Timothy Findley
ISBN: 0-385-29120-5 / 978-0-385-29120-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Pr
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1977 : USA Hardback
Title: The Wars
Author(s): Timothy Findley
ISBN: 0-440-09397-X / 978-0-440-09397-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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1977 : Canada Hardback
Title: The Wars
Author(s): Timothy Findley
ISBN: 0-7720-1188-5 / 978-0-7720-1188-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Clarke Irwin
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Paperback Editions

August 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: Penguin Modern Classics the Wars
Author(s): Timothy Findley
ISBN: 0-14-319112-8 / 978-0-14-319112-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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June 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: Penguin Modern Classics the Wars
Author(s): Timothy Findley
ISBN: 0-14-305142-3 / 978-0-14-305142-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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August 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: The Wars
Author(s): Timothy Findley
ISBN: 0-571-20799-5 / 978-0-571-20799-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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May 1996 : UK Paperback
Title: The Wars
Author(s): Timothy Findley
ISBN: 0-14-024116-7 / 978-0-14-024116-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
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February 1983 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Wars, The
Author(s): Timothy Findley
ISBN: 0-440-39239-X / 978-0-440-39239-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Laurel
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August 1978 : UK Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Wars
Author(s): Timothy Findley
ISBN: 0-14-005011-6 / 978-0-14-005011-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
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1979 : USA Paperback
Title: The Wars
Author(s): Timothy Findley
ISBN: 0-440-19239-0 / 978-0-440-19239-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: New York: Dell Publishing, 1979
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