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The Wing of Night : a novel of love and war [Reading] ➶ The Wing of Night : a novel of love and war By Brenda Walker – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk In 1915 a troopship of Light Horsemen sails from Fremantle for the Great War Two women farewell their men Elizabeth with her background of careless wealth and Bonnie who is marked by the anxieties of In a troopship of Light of Night PDF/EPUB é Horsemen sails from Fremantle for the Great War Two women farewell their men Elizabeth with her background of careless wealth and Bonnie who is marked by the anxieties of poverty Neither can predict how the effects of the most brutal fighting at Gallipoli will devastate their lives in the long aftermath of the war The Wing of Night is a novel about the strength and failure of faith and memory about returned soldiers who become exiles in their own country about how people may become the very opposite of what The Wing MOBI :Þ they imagined themselves to be Brenda Walker writes with a terrible grandeur of the grime and drudge of the battlefield and of how neither men nor women can be consoled for the wreckage caused by a foreign war.

  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • The Wing of Night : a novel of love and war
  • Brenda Walker
  • English
  • 04 March 2014
  • 9780670893232

About the Author: Brenda Walker

There is than author with this of Night PDF/EPUB é nameBrenda Walker has written four novels and a memoir Reading by Moonlight Her books have won numerous Australian awards including the Victorian Premier’s Award for Nonfiction ‘The Houses That Are Left Behind’ won the O Henry Prize in .



2 thoughts on “The Wing of Night : a novel of love and war

  1. Perry Middlemiss Perry Middlemiss says:

    Brenda Walker's fifth novel The Wing of Night tells the story of two women living south of Perth Western Australia between 1915 and 1922 It's a novel of war not of the act of war though that does feature but of the effects war has on the men who fight it and on the women who are left behind waitingThis is an area of fiction that you would think had been mined to death by this time The landing at Gallipoli and the forging of the Anzac legend has been dramatised and novelised times than most would care to remember So it takes some level of nerve and some level of skill to approach the subject from a different standpoint and come up with a work of fiction that is both fresh and familiar skilful and accessible Brenda Walker has done just that with this novelHer major intuitive leap is to tell the story mainly from the point of view of the women who have waved their men off on the troopships at Fremantle docks Elizabeth is a woman of some privilege being the daughter of a judge and married to Louis while Bonnie is a country girl who has been with Joe for only a few weeks The two live in a small community south the Perth and it is through them and their men that Walker tells her storyThe first thing you notice about this novel is the language it flows in a uiet languorous fashion detailing the lives of the women as they learn to live a life without menAll over the south west soldiers' wives were learning to sleep alone Sleeping themselves back into the nights before their weddings or waking in hot sheets to the clicking of crickets They were afraid of wandering swagmen afraid of rape and robbery They listened to insects and the sound of hot wind in fencing wire When they slept they dreamed of uickly forgotten things urgent words which made no sense and unknown men with very dark or very pale skin Is it faithlessness if it happens in a dream? Women lay alone in empty farmhouses and frogs sang in the ferneries under water tanksFor the women the country life seems to slow as the urgency of farm life is overtaken by worry about the men overseas In contrast the men's lives in trenches on the Turkish coast take on a sense of heightened stress and anxiety as they wait for the upcoming battle a battle they have little chance of surviving Walker doesn't dwell on the battle scenes however her aim is to show the effect the war has on men not the Sturm und Drang of the action itself It's the monster in the cupboard approach again the terror lies in the imagination not in the actual unveiling of the creatureThey filed into the trench after the two lines of Victorians had been killed The dead up above them were jerking as low bullets caught a shoulder or a hip The air was dark with lead Pegs were driven into the earth so that you could climb out when the whistle blew It was supposed to be like pulling yourself up over the rocks at a waterhole to get into a position to dive The charge to the opposite trench was supposed to be like a long fall into the prickling sweep of water A courage diveWe are left in no doubt about the effect this type of action has on the men who survive being nothing but dried flesh stumbling down to the edge of the seaLouis is killed at Anzac Cove and while Joe returns he comes home with a secret one that he struggles to live with This secret affects the second part of the novel We are given hints and clues but nothing definite until near the end The men who have returned are damaged in spirit as well as bodyAfter the war the relationships change as Elizabeth's life begins to slowly unravel without the presence of Louis and Bonnie starts to look after her Elizabeth's father starts to spend and time on his daughter's farm and in the one discordant note I found in the book eventually marries Bonnie and takes her away back to Perth May and December weddings were uite common after the First World War as a good part of a generation of young men were destroyed in one way or another yet this arrangement seems to me to be there mainly to make the way clear for Joe to arrive on the scene and move in with Elizabeth I should point out that the note doesn't ring very loudly It's a minor irritant at best and is handled in such a way that it seems like a natural progression of eventsIn this novel Walker has aimed to provide us with the best that fiction can provide the chance to live in a fully developed world outside our own experience Her ability to inhabit the characters and bring them fully to life is a talent to be savoured As well as she handles the women it is with the men at war that I believe she fully excels showing their courage and their weaknesses their dire predicaments and the terrible choices they have to makeMen who still had the horses they brought with them from Australia were most determined to shoot them But there was something else something that Joe recognised apart from the worry about hunger and cruelty and the bewildered hearts of the deserted horses It was great strain the ending of the war You shot your horse and there was an end to all that was bad Or so you hoped You could shoot yourself Or you could shoot your horse There were fellows who did both given a little time and the opportunityThis novel is a superb achievement beautifully written and affecting If it wins the Miles Franklin Award and then goes on to further honours outside this country I would not be at all surprised

  2. Anne Green Anne Green says:

    A beautifully rendered story of love and war that will resonate with lovers of Australian historic fiction See my full review at

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2 thoughts on “The Wing of Night : a novel of love and war

  1. Perry Middlemiss Perry Middlemiss says:

    Brenda Walker's fifth novel The Wing of Night tells the story of two women living south of Perth Western Australia between 1915 and 1922 It's a novel of war not of the act of war though that does feature but of the effects war has on the men who fight it and on the women who are left behind waitingThis is an area of fiction that you would think had been mined to death by this time The landing at Gallipoli and the forging of the Anzac legend has been dramatised and novelised times than most would care to remember So it takes some level of nerve and some level of skill to approach the subject from a different standpoint and come up with a work of fiction that is both fresh and familiar skilful and accessible Brenda Walker has done just that with this novelHer major intuitive leap is to tell the story mainly from the point of view of the women who have waved their men off on the troopships at Fremantle docks Elizabeth is a woman of some privilege being the daughter of a judge and married to Louis while Bonnie is a country girl who has been with Joe for only a few weeks The two live in a small community south the Perth and it is through them and their men that Walker tells her storyThe first thing you notice about this novel is the language it flows in a uiet languorous fashion detailing the lives of the women as they learn to live a life without menAll over the south west soldiers' wives were learning to sleep alone Sleeping themselves back into the nights before their weddings or waking in hot sheets to the clicking of crickets They were afraid of wandering swagmen afraid of rape and robbery They listened to insects and the sound of hot wind in fencing wire When they slept they dreamed of uickly forgotten things urgent words which made no sense and unknown men with very dark or very pale skin Is it faithlessness if it happens in a dream? Women lay alone in empty farmhouses and frogs sang in the ferneries under water tanksFor the women the country life seems to slow as the urgency of farm life is overtaken by worry about the men overseas In contrast the men's lives in trenches on the Turkish coast take on a sense of heightened stress and anxiety as they wait for the upcoming battle a battle they have little chance of surviving Walker doesn't dwell on the battle scenes however her aim is to show the effect the war has on men not the Sturm und Drang of the action itself It's the monster in the cupboard approach again the terror lies in the imagination not in the actual unveiling of the creatureThey filed into the trench after the two lines of Victorians had been killed The dead up above them were jerking as low bullets caught a shoulder or a hip The air was dark with lead Pegs were driven into the earth so that you could climb out when the whistle blew It was supposed to be like pulling yourself up over the rocks at a waterhole to get into a position to dive The charge to the opposite trench was supposed to be like a long fall into the prickling sweep of water A courage diveWe are left in no doubt about the effect this type of action has on the men who survive being nothing but dried flesh stumbling down to the edge of the seaLouis is killed at Anzac Cove and while Joe returns he comes home with a secret one that he struggles to live with This secret affects the second part of the novel We are given hints and clues but nothing definite until near the end The men who have returned are damaged in spirit as well as bodyAfter the war the relationships change as Elizabeth's life begins to slowly unravel without the presence of Louis and Bonnie starts to look after her Elizabeth's father starts to spend and time on his daughter's farm and in the one discordant note I found in the book eventually marries Bonnie and takes her away back to Perth May and December weddings were uite common after the First World War as a good part of a generation of young men were destroyed in one way or another yet this arrangement seems to me to be there mainly to make the way clear for Joe to arrive on the scene and move in with Elizabeth I should point out that the note doesn't ring very loudly It's a minor irritant at best and is handled in such a way that it seems like a natural progression of eventsIn this novel Walker has aimed to provide us with the best that fiction can provide the chance to live in a fully developed world outside our own experience Her ability to inhabit the characters and bring them fully to life is a talent to be savoured As well as she handles the women it is with the men at war that I believe she fully excels showing their courage and their weaknesses their dire predicaments and the terrible choices they have to makeMen who still had the horses they brought with them from Australia were most determined to shoot them But there was something else something that Joe recognised apart from the worry about hunger and cruelty and the bewildered hearts of the deserted horses It was great strain the ending of the war You shot your horse and there was an end to all that was bad Or so you hoped You could shoot yourself Or you could shoot your horse There were fellows who did both given a little time and the opportunityThis novel is a superb achievement beautifully written and affecting If it wins the Miles Franklin Award and then goes on to further honours outside this country I would not be at all surprised

  2. Anne Green Anne Green says:

    A beautifully rendered story of love and war that will resonate with lovers of Australian historic fiction See my full review at

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