The Great Fire- 2003 First Edition
This is Shirley Hazzard's first novel since The Transit of Venus, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1981. The conflagration of her title is the Second World War. In war-torn Asia and stricken Europe, men and women, still young but veterans of harsh experience, must reinvent their lives and expectations, and learn, from their past, to dream again. Some will fulfill their destinies, others will falter.
At the centre of the story is Aldred Leith, a brave and brilliant soldier, who finds that survival and worldly achievement are not enough. Helen Driscoll, a young girl living in Occupied Japan and tending her dying brother, falls in love with him, and in the process discovers herself.
Twenty years in the writing, The Great Fire is a triumphant novel of lives shadowed by war and redeemed by love.
This copy is in excellent condition throughout. The dust jacket is completely unmarked, the inner pages are yellowed with age.