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Notes on The Return of the Soldier

Paperback edition of our popular study guide on Rebecca West’s novel, this Literature Study Guide comprises a brief overview of the novel, followed by an in-depth review of the seven parts of this novel, outlining the main events which take place. Clear and concise, these notes are especially useful for revision and refreshing a student’s knowledge and understanding of the story.

Essential to the comprehension and analysis of this novel are the character analyses. Our Study Guide focuses on the four main characters in The Return of the Soldier. Chris, Kitty, Jenny and Margaret all have very different personalities and this part of the guide focuses on how they react as the story unfolds.

Of particular value is our Themes section of the Guide that explains the main concepts of The Return of the Soldier. Topics covered are ‘Love’, ‘Class Structure’, ‘Loss and Grief’, and ‘Truth and Goodness’.

Considered by many to be the key asset of our Notes, the ‘Comparisons’ section helps students compare and contrast various aspects of The Return of the Soldier with other popular literature of the First World War. This includes the poetry of Siegfried Sassoon, E A Mackintosh and May Wedderburn Cannan, the play Journey’s End by R C Sherriff and the novels Strange Meeting by Susan Hill, Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, Regeneration by Pat Barker and All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.

The guide also contains useful suggestions of books for further reading, with brief descriptions, that we believe enhance one’s understanding of the novel.

Key Features

Notes on The Return of the Soldier


  • Writer

    W Lawrance
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  • Published Date

    15 December 2014
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