Next week we’ll hold the concluding event of our WWI @ Widener series: a book discussion of Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier (1918). We’ll gather Thursday, April 17, at 4pm in KLC 139. All are welcome — even if you haven’t read the book, come and learn about West and her novel, and gain some insight into how the Great War affected women, and how they responded on the Home Front and on the battlefield.
West’s short novel tells the story of a shell-shocked soldier coming home to three women who have shaped his life: his wife, his cousin, and a mysterious woman from his past. It provides a fascinating psychological perspective on the tolls of war, and the effects war has on personal relationships. Within the novel we see the elements of West’s career that still make her an important and interesting figure: her feminism and her pacifism. Throughout her life she responded to current events and conflicts with a progressive stance, including traveling to a Yugoslavia on the brink of war in the 1930s — a trip which resulted in one of the most important books of the 20th century, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon.
If you’re interested in attending and would like to read the book, you can find it here for free from Project Gutenberg. Hope to see you there!