The Hero by Paul AlmondThe Hero by Paul Almond

The Hero

byPaul Almond

Paperback | September 12, 2014

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Eric Alford, one of the brave but shell-shocked soldiers of WWI, sets out during Canada's Great Depression to find his British sweetheart. He ends up in Australia, where he finally wins ordination as a clergyman. After an emotionally fraught round the world trip, he arrives home in Quebec only to find his traumas growing worse. He continues to battle it as bravely as he did the enemy, causing heart-rending anguish to himself, his loving bride and his only son.

Set in the turbulent twenties and thirties, this story of an earlier hero mirrors with horrifying force the PTSD that afflicts our returning troops today, and offers uplifting lessons about the unquenchable human spirit.

Paul Almond, O.C., is one of Canada's preeminent film and television directors. He directed and produced more than 130 television dramas for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and for the BBC and others in the UK, as well as motion pictures for Paramount and Universal in Hollywood. He was recently appointed to the Order of Canada a...
Title:The HeroFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:September 12, 2014Publisher:Red Deer PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889955255

ISBN - 13:9780889955257

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A sad but very interesting historical read! Unbeknownst to me when I started this book, this is the 7th in the Alford historical novel series. The series of books, intended to be 8 in total, follows a family's 200 year history in Canada. This book continues the story of Eric Alford, a gunner during WWI. The subtitle of the book is "Shell Shock: A Love Story" & that is a very good summary of the story. This book is, in reality, a factionalized account of the author's father's life, Eric Almond, & his romance with his wife Irene (Rene). It is a poignant, sad, but uplifting account of the trauma inflicted on many soldier survivors from WWI. This book is easy to follow even if you haven't read the previous in the series (like I did) but would probably benefit from a reading of the initial books. I am looking forward to reading, not only the last book in the series, but also the previous books. A very interesting historical read.
Date published: 2015-02-21