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Cato's War

By (author) Guy Wheeler
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Vintage Publishing, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Published: 31st Dec 1979
Dimensions: w 140mm h 200mm
Weight: 460g
ISBN-10: 0701122927
ISBN-13: 9780701122928
Barcode No: 9780701122928

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A somber British view of the American Rebellion; for Wheeler (a retired British officer and aide-de-camp to Elizabeth II), it's simply an existential disaster in progress. His hero is Colonel Philip Cato, who is quietly entering middle age with Anne and five children - until King George himself sends Cato to America to form a cavalry and put it into the service of Sir Henry Clinton, British commander-in-chief and something of a blind ninny. On the trip across the Atlantic, Cato meets young Lady Lucy Fairleigh, a virginal North Carolina lass who plies him with endearments - but later she'll blame him for civilian deaths and try to get him killed; and indeed Cato's introduction to the rebellion plunges him into a very modern horror: internecine genocide as rival factions in; the same population kill each other with subhuman ferocity, a tragic, house-divided misery which we associate with Korea and Vietnam. Philip is eventually sent to Cornwallis, and they move through a resinous nightmare in the piney Carolinas, a campaign that leads to the final disaster and surrender at Yorktown. And along the way Philip is severely wounded and nursed by soon-pregnant Lucy (who now recognizes that both sides are guilty of carnage). Will he leave Anne for Lucy? The resolutions are all grim, and at the end the surrender ceremonies only highlight the whole obscene parody of war which has been enacted - both sides agree that it has been pointless. An admirably fine-textured canvas, with no glory whatsoever as ghastly neighbors stab, bayonet, hang, rape, and murder each other - a disturbing re-angling of the Revolutionary War novel. (Kirkus Reviews)