In my latest blog I will review an excellent and deeply moving first time novel by Joss Sheldon called Involution and Evolution. The novel is about Alfred Freeman a conscientious objector in the first world war.

Alfred Freeman was born in 1897 and he was deeply affected by a number of incidents in his life. Firstly his father died in the 1901 Boer war. Later on he heard about the atrocities carried out by the British army in the Boer war and he also heard via his Mother about his Fathers part in the atrocities.

However in 1907 he had a life changing meeting with The Good German who was a Mennonite who helped him after he was attacked. Alfred started to carry out good deeds such as providing food for orphans. He also started to develop a strong dislike of jingoism, also a hatred for war and a strong dislike for the British army. So it was no surprise when in 1914 Alfred refused to be taken in by the jingoist stampede to join the British army.

When military conscription was introduced in 1916 it was no surprise that Alfred who was already active in the anti war Union of Democratic control refused to join the imperialist blood slaughter and became a conscientious objector. However he was forced join the non combatant corps and was sent to France where he suffered brutal treatment at the hands of sadistic army officers. He was sentenced to death for disobeying and order but this was commuted to 10 years hard labour.

When the war ended in 1918 he was released with his integrity very much intact and his spirits high determined to help build a better world. This was despite his Mother stating that she never wanted to see him again as she considered him to be a traitor for not fighting in the war.

In conclusion this is as I have already stated a very deeply moving novel. But it is very much a novel for our present times as well as about Alfred,s heroic actions in the first world war. With Nato seemingly intent on starting a major conflict with Russia and China we are going to need many Alfred Freeman,s in our present time.

Read the book and buy it from http://www.joss-sheldon.com



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