|George in a short time quickly becomes a season veteran whose experiences leave new soldiers shaken.|
Cowsill's narrative is not too lengthy for the frames and stays steady, allowing the reader to keep a pace that doesn't drag during the story. Things that would bog down the story with proper explanation are instead given mention of being important along with locations and dates, making it easy for amateur historians to look up and find more information if they want. The war shown as meaning different things to different people. For some of the ladies at home, it means a chance to attach themselves to the battle glory of their husbands, boyfriends, brothers or fathers. For the men returning, it means a mind forever filled with the horrors of war as artillery, chemical warfare, starvation, senseless charges and the stress of their general conditions push some beyond their mental and physical limits.
|The living conditions were as brutal as the fighting and it took a toll on many soldiers.|
|Details aren't lost, yet there is an organic ruggedness to the art.|