By William Faulkner
“A deft hand has woven this narrative. . . . This publication jewelry true.”―The ny Times
Faulkner’s first novel, Soldiers’ Pay (1926), is likely one of the such a lot memorable works to emerge from the 1st international conflict. in the course of the tale of a wounded veteran’s homecoming, it examines the effect of squaddies’ go back from struggle at the people―particularly the women―who have been left in the back of.
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