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Men With Broken Faces James Ostby

Men With Broken Faces

James Ostby

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316 pages
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Men With Broken Faces is the story of a World War I soldiers fight for physical survival during combat, and of his struggle for spiritual survival afterward. The book follows Morgan Feeney from basic training in Montana to front-line combat inMoreMen With Broken Faces is the story of a World War I soldiers fight for physical survival during combat, and of his struggle for spiritual survival afterward. The book follows Morgan Feeney from basic training in Montana to front-line combat in France, and back to Montana. Some of the sub-plots include Morgans affliction with petit mal epilepsy- the death on the battlefield of a gay prizefighters friend- Morgans vision of his ideal love, Evangeline- Morgans neurasthenia (shell shock)- and worst of all, the suicide death of his friend, Lansing Rhodes, just before the end of the war. For the rest of his life Morgan is haunted by the war, by Lansings war diary, and by Evangeline.After his release from the army, Morgan homesteads in northeastern Montana. Burdened by his epilepsy, and tormented by his war experiences, Morgan becomes an outcast- the object of gossip and ridicule.Morgans one salvation is the incarnation of Evangeline: beautiful Genevieve Richards, who was a nurse in France during the war. Despite Morgans suffering, Genevieve recognizes an innate courage and dignity within him. Genevieve herself is psychologically wounded. She and Morgan find themselves attracted to each other, but their relationship is not complete until they realize that one of the men with broken faces* whom Genevieve had tended is Lansing, who is still alive. Lansing--mad, and addicted to opium--has a psychogenic control over Genevieve that ends only when he sacrifices himself for her, and for Morgan. In the end, Morgan and Genevieve find peace together.* Those so hideously wounded that French artists were hired to make masks for them.