Why Stay We
recent (autumn 2003) review in
"Canadian Military History" has
called Why Stay We Here? 'arguably
the finest Canadian novel of the
First World War.'
Desmond Morton, one of Canada's most
respected historians on World War I,
(author of "When Your Number's Up")
has this to say about "Why Stay we
Here?": "This book is the testimony
of a profoundly sensitive and
observant man, caught in a Hell of
inhumanity and kept there by his
allegiance to the values of the
old-fashioned world of his youth."
Why Stay We Here?, the sequel to The
Eternal Forest, was first published
in 1930 and soon went out of print.
It remained out of print until I republished it in 2002. This book follows Stephen Craig
(Godwin himself) as he makes his way
back to England and signs up to
fight in World War I. Having spent
several years in Dresden in his
youth Godwin has no anti-German bias.
His motive for joining the fight is
purely economic; homesteading in
British Columbia had led to poverty.
See the following clip for a reading of some passages from Why Stay We Here?
Ross Bay clip Reflections on Armistice Day and the War-wounded (7 min. special, produced by Shaw TV, Victoria, BC) http://youtu.be/A6fIQSku1Zw