Recently I read Losing Julia by Jonathan Hull. It was one of those books I picked up at a library book sale, on a whim, to fill a bag I’d paid $5 for. What a treasure! The narrator, Daniel Delaney, travels between his experience in World War I in the trenches in France to his current life as an old man in an assisted-living environment and inbetween to his return to France 10 years after war’s end.
This book reminds me of why I read: to enter into another’s life and world. To learn from other’s experiences and wisdom. I lived inside this book and the narrator’s life in a way I’ve rarely encountered before. I’m full of admiration for Jonathan Hull, not an old man, and his ability to create Patrick’s life. Poignant, moving, full of universal thoughts and feelings, making us care about Patrick, about others lost in that terrible war.