Great Canadian war novels: "The Wars" by Timothy Findley
In Findley’s third novel, the indelible imprint of family trauma and the constraints of Victorian society co-mingle with the worst horrors of World War I trench warfare in the troubled psyche of young soldier Robert Ross. The soul-destroying events Robert experiences build in intensity to one final desperate act. In his introduction to the 2005 Penguin Modern Classic edition, Guy Vanderhaeghe has called The Wars “the finest historical novel ever written by a Canadian.” Winner of the 1977 Governor General’s Award.
Published in 1977.
“Houses, trees and fields of flax once flourished here. Summers had been blue with flowers. Now it was a shallow sea of stinking grey from end to end. And this is where you fought the war.”
Timothy Findley talks to CBC's Don Harron about writing "The Wars"