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On Leave A long lost French novel in which three soldiers return home from an unpopular unspeakable warWhen On Leave was published in Paris in as France s engagement in Algeria became ever bloody it to

  • Title: On Leave
  • Author: Daniel Anselme David Bellos
  • ISBN: 9780865478954
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A long lost French novel in which three soldiers return home from an unpopular, unspeakable warWhen On Leave was published in Paris in 1957, as France s engagement in Algeria became ever bloody, it told people things they did not want to hear It vividly described what it was like for soldiers to return home from an unpopular war in a faraway place The book receivedA long lost French novel in which three soldiers return home from an unpopular, unspeakable warWhen On Leave was published in Paris in 1957, as France s engagement in Algeria became ever bloody, it told people things they did not want to hear It vividly described what it was like for soldiers to return home from an unpopular war in a faraway place The book received a handful of reviews, it was never reprinted, it disappeared from view With no outcome to the war in sight, its power to disturb was too much to bear Through David Bellos s translation, this lost classic has been rediscovered Spare, forceful, and moving, it describes a week in the lives of a sergeant, a corporal, and an infantryman, each home on leave in Paris What these soldiers have to say can t be heard, can t even be spoken they find themselves strangers in their own city, unmoored from their lives Full of sympathy and feeling, informed by the many hours Daniel Anselme spent talking to conscripts in Paris, On Leave is a timeless evocation of what the history books can never record the shame and the terror felt by men returning home from war.

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    1. I tried to enjoy this. I really, really did.This book describes a week in the life of 3 soldiers, while on leave (creative enough title, eh!). The 3 men are drafted into an army (Algerian War era 1954-1962)that they have no ambition to be a part of and shares their actions and thoughts during the aforementioned timeframe. The inner sleeve describes this as delving deep within the psychology of the mind of a soldier that has seen the atrocities of war; the inner turmoil that changes a man/woman f [...]

    2. Written in 1956, this novel about three French conscripts on leave from the "police action" in Algeria, sank without much of a trace following its original publication in 1957. Its appearance in the early years of what was to be an extremely bloody and costly war for control of Algeria was an unwelcome poke in the eye of French citizens, who only shortly after being routed from Vietnam, probably weren't too keen to hear voices dissenting from the fight to retain their largest and most important [...]

    3. No matter how well written they are, I have trouble reading the stories in The Yellow Birds and Redeployment. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are too painful, too recent; the savage ruin of human life so pointless. I'm wondering if that's how the French felt when La Permission appeared in 1957, in the midst of France's vicious war for Algeria. According to translator David Bellos, the novel "had few readers and only a handful of reviews. It was never reprinted."Anselme's short novel takes a lon [...]

    4. „Adieu Paris“ – dabei kommen sie doch gerade erst in der Hauptstadt an, die drei Soldaten Valette, Lachaume und Lasteyrie, die zehn Tage Heimaturlaub genießen sollen. Doch was ist noch übrig von dem Land und der Stadt, die sie vor ihrem Einzug in den Algerienkrieg kannten? Nicht mehr viel. Die Stadt ist ihnen fremd geworden, ebenso die Familie und Freunde. Es bleiben nur die anderen Soldaten, die die Erfahrungen des Krieges geteilt haben und sich ebenfalls nicht mehr zugehörig fühlen u [...]

    5. Sembra di moda (dopo il “caso Stoner”) tentare di riscoprire libri dimenticati, romanzi che quando uscirono passarono inosservati o quasi, per restituire loro la visibilità che meritano. Anche questo “La Licenza” di Daniel Anselme, pur non avendomi colpito come il libro di Williams, in fondo merita di essere letto, o riletto, a distanza di molti anni. Forse quando fu scritto (1957) la ferita al cuore della Francia portata dalla Guerra d’Algeria era troppo aperta perché fosse apprezza [...]

    6. One of the things I appreciated most about On Leave was that, and how much, it highlighted the mundane -- the business of everyday living -- as opposed to the Xs and Os of war, and I felt this way for two reasons: 1) most of life is mundane, even for soldiers, and 2) when a novelist gets into the mapping of battle and motives and causes and outcomes, we, as readers, begin either rationalizing or condemning the conflict under discussion -- and if the writer's hope is to demonstrate the horrific w [...]

    7. I received this as a Giveaway. While I found this book extremely sad and depressing it gives the American reader a very unique view of how soldiers in another country (France) were treated when they came home from an unpopular war. These young men were as our Vietnam Vets were treated. A difficult read because you want these young men to be understood. They have given up their lives for their country more so than if they had been killed. They come home completely changed while "home", friends a [...]

    8. You will like this if you enjoyed Erich Maria Remarque's "The Road Back." Lacks the brutality, but stands up well.

    9. A truly remarkable novel about three soldiers on leave in Paris in the middle of the Algerian War. Written in 1957 it describes a sequence of disillusioned but intense experiences in a prose that is simultaneously hallucinatory and crisp. This is almost a perfect novel and one that will surely linger long in my memory. Each episode and every scene is absolutely correct in its place. Anselme's writing style is like a cross between the styles of Camus and Simenon, and the result isn't a mess, as a [...]

    10. I really enjoyed this book. I agree that the characters didn't have a chance to really develop, but I think that was the point Anselme was, perhaps, trying to make. Soldiers at wartime don't have time to stop and ponder a lot of the existential dilemmas we would like for them to explore. On top of that, a soldier only has a few days of leave before they are thrust back into foreign territory and world foreign to the average citizen. So, for me, this book was perfect, from beginning to end.The tr [...]

    11. First published in France in 1957, as the war in Algeria was escalating, On Leave attracted very little notice and few reviews. It has not been re-published since, perhaps because of a general feeling in the country that it is a subject best left uncovered, as it was both an unpopular engagement and a deeply traumatic one for the many young conscripts who fought in it. We have to thank David Bellos for this new translation and Penguin Classics for bringing the novel back into the public eye and [...]

    12. A sentence from the introduction sums up the book mostly: "This spare and forceful novel speaks of the moral and human isolation of soldiers obliged to fight an unpopular war, not when they are in the field, but when they are back home." I think I expected more from it after read the Sunday NY Times Book Review of it. I think "spare" is accurate. But spare doesn't necessarily preclude depth, and I looked for more depth, more reflection from the characters given their interaction with Parisians a [...]

    13. Apparently little was written about France's war against Algeria. And even then, this did not start as a "war". This book was written in 1957, then disappeared, belief being that it was best left alone, as this was not a popular conflict & very traumatic for the young soldiers who had to fight in this battle. Daniel Anselme has brought this story back. This story is of 3 solders who go home on leave, and the anxieties, the loneliness they experience. They never speak of the conflict they are [...]

    14. On Leave looks into the French Algerian War from 1954 to 1962 through a unique perspective: here, we are not in the thick of the battlefield as in the case of many other war novels; rather, we are on leave in Paris with 3 soldiers. The result is a poignant, nearly irreverent exploration of the tragedy of alienation due to war and the deep scars it leaves on the dissatisfied young men who realise that their homeland is no longer their home. On Leave is concise but deeply haunting, as it indicts s [...]

    15. It was easy for me to relate to the premise for this short novel. I am the daughter of a man who was taken from his parent's home at age 18 and shipped to the South Pacific during WWII and found his adulthood amid the shocking horrors of war. This book tells of three servicemen who return home for a week's leave and the disfunctional relationships and abhorrent treatment they are subjected to from their families and countrymen. I saw this shameful treatment of our Vietnam Vets in my youth. Apath [...]

    16. As one who loves Paris and who has been there very recently on leave from operations in Africa, this little-known masterpiece struck just about every cord in the symphonic dictionary.The description of the 3 soldiers' last day of leave resonates with me so clearly and stirs emotions that are impossible to explain to anyone who has not felt the torment of leaving the safety of a known and cherished life to return to the uncertainty of war.

    17. I read the edition translated by David Bellos (Penguin. 2014).As I have not read the original French text, I cannot say whether it is poorly translated or difficult to translate. However, I found the novel dull and depressing and in some places either lacking in meaning or lacking in context. Maybe Anselme meant it to be read like this but it's not easy going. Some good, poignant, political points about the war in Algeria, Colonialism, and the psychological effects of war however.

    18. Not an easily satisfying book, especially after very positive review in NY Times. Very little fiction has been written about the French war in Algeria, either at the time or later. This book, which follows three soldiers on leave in Paris before they must return to Algeria, has a sparse and unfinished quality. In some ways very effective, in some ways frustrating. But their grief and anguish - and alienation - is well conveyed.

    19. Received this through FirstReadsThis short novel of three soldiers home on leave from France's war in Algeria. The book very vividly conveys the sense of disconnection felt, almost an invisibility. They can no longer relate to their families, friends, homes. Spare use of words paints a complex picture.

    20. Not sure what this novel is supposed to be. The main characters are all childish and annoying so it's really impossible to find them sympathetic. An anti-war novel should develop storylines and characters that stir your emotions and etch them into the hearts and minds of the readers. Sadly, Anselme fails to do so until the last page. At that point, though, it's too late.

    21. This novel is about soldiers and the France's involvement in Algeria. Though this may not be a well-known work, I believe it to be a classic. It captures the ethos of a society at war, a message that is still relevant today and will persist for generations.I won this book through .

    22. I received this book free from . I was dissappointed in reading this novel. I thought it would be more detailed about war and how the soldiers were feeling. Just did not feel the story.

    23. Simple tale. Shows sadness and powerlessness of ordinary soldiers in warfare. Not a great read for me.

    24. The perfect anti-war novella about a war I had no knowledge of, thistells the story of all soldiers returning home from unpopular wars, very topical for current times.

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