Random Harvest Author:James Hilton When he is gassed during World War I Charles Rainier winds up in an asylum in England without a memory of who he is or what his life was before. During the celebration at war's end, he escapes the asylum and is taken in by a dance hall singer. The eventually fall in love and marry. Happy in his new life "Smithy," as he is now called, becomes a w... more »riter and on a trip to Liverpool he is struck by a taxicab and wakes up with no memory of being "Smithy," but regaining his memory as Charles, up until the point he was gassed. He returns to his previous life, but continues to wonder what he did for those lost years.« less
Set between the big wars, a amnesiac war hero resurfaces to rescue the family conglomerate from financial havoc. Long presumed dead, he and the family fear the publicity associated with his return from the dead. They manage to stifle the press. So much for having the media in your pocket. There is an interesting section concerning stock speculation and share value that is reminiscent of Frank Norris The Pit and Zolas Money. Will we never learn? Not so long as we can play our little games with other peoples money. Some 200 plus pages later, after we have learned most of his current history, he gets his memory back. That leads him to seek one more link. He finds it on the last page. One can surmise what it is from the final part of the book (a mere 24 pages), yet it will hardly seem plausible that he never recognized it as it happened after his period of amnesia.