Philip Child’s The Wood of the Nightingale…


Philip Child‘s The Wood of the Nightingale.  Toronto: Ryerson, 1965.  152 pp.  1st Edition.

This just arrived in the post a few moments ago; it’s definitely showing its age, with heavy smoke stains on the spine, but I absolutely love the jacket design of a lone picket supporting a single strand of barbed-wire.

From inside the jacket:

The Wood of the Nightingale is a narrative and reflective poem in which the characters of the plot, a young soldier and his comrades, act out their human drama against the urgent and ever-present reality of the First World War.  Their decisions, thoughts and emotions occur in all the horror and irony of battle.  The lonely men reflect ultimately on what they have stood for as individual human beings, now that they ‘walk the soldier’s mile.’

The fiftieth anniversary of the advent of World War I brought renewed interest in the tragedy, particularly the crucial role played by Canadian soldiers.

“That war is part of our history.  It marked the beginning of many changes in our way of life, our values and beliefs.  It was the first and perhaps the greatest challenge in our century to human nature to create positively, that it may grow in order to survive.”
–Philip Child

Oh, and it’s signed:img018

Alexander Books in Ancaster, Ontario always comes through brilliantly.


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