Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press; Reprint edition (October 15, 2014)
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within the autumn of 1915 Will fowl was once engaged on a farm in Saskatchewan whilst the ghost of his brother Stephen, killed via German mines in France, seemed earlier than him in uniform. Rattled, poultry rushed domestic to Nova Scotia and enlisted within the military to take his useless brother's position. And We move On is a extraordinary and harrowing memoir of his years within the trenches of the Western entrance, from October 1916 until eventually the Armistice. whilst it first seemed in 1930, Bird's memoir used to be hailed by way of many veterans because the so much actual account of the struggle event, uncompromising in its portrayal of the horror and savagery, whereas additionally honouring the bravery, camaraderie, and unforeseen spirituality that flourished one of the enlisted males. Written partly as a response to anti-war novels corresponding to All Quiet at the Western entrance, which chicken criticized for portraying the soldier as "a coarse-minded, profane creature, looking merely the solace of free girls or the braveness of sturdy liquor," And We move On is a nuanced reaction to the trauma of warfare, suffused with an curiosity within the non secular and the magical no longer present in different struggle literature. lengthy out of print, it's a real misplaced vintage that arguably prompted various works within the Canadian literary canon, together with novels through Robertson Davies and Timothy Findley. In an creation and afterword, David Williams illuminates Bird's paintings through putting it in the style of significant battle literature and by way of discussing the book's booklet historical past and reception.