I really enjoyed this book -- it's narrated in first person from an older man recalling a woman he first knew of through letters his best friend received from her on the battlefield in WWII. A very different love story. It's one of those books that I think of often and won't ever forget.
I truly enjoyed this one. It's passionate, it's tragic, it's wonderful. The author's description in the preface really piqued my interest (signed by Natalie): "Early on the morning of October 18,1980, in a clearing near a woods in eastern France, I found the body of an elderly American named Patrick Delaney slumped against a small granite monument that honors the names of 152 American soldiers who died on that date in 1918. On the ground next to him was a worn leather-bound diary, a pen, an empty glass and a bottle of Scotch dating from the 1920s, its label covered with signatures. This is his story. - Natalie, December 12, 1981, Paris"
This is my review: Patrick Delaney grows up in 1918 when he marches off to WWI. This story tells about his experiences, his friends, his loves and his family. His best friend is Daniel, who is in love with Julia. Patrick has not found the love of his life so he listens avidly to Daniel's memories about Julia. Gradually, he too, falls in love with this unusual woman who, like the war and friends he lost in it, remain with him his entire life. The war scenes are graphic and sad. Patrick's heart, like Daniel's, belongs to Julia. How does this wonderful story end? Find the answer yourself in Losing Julia.
This book intrigued me when I read the cover excerpt, and I found that it more than fulfilled its initial promise. It is quite touching, thought-provoking and very well written. It gives the reader insights into many life-altering moments and describes the friendship and love that evolve for a very special man . The juxtaposition of a youth in WWI and the life of an elderly man sorting thrrough his memories in a nursing home will touch every reader's heart and deepest emotions. It is a story of courage and honor. I am still thinking about the passage that described Michaelangelo when asked why he had a chisel. His response was that he was going to "free an angel." This passage is representative of the wonderful "nuggets" in Losing Julia, which should be slowly savored.