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Nicky-Nan, Reservist   By: (1863-1944)

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Nicky-Nan, Reservist by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch is a captivating tale set in the small coastal village of Polkimbra. This delightful novella centers around the life of Nicky-Nan, a lovable but somewhat mischievous character who becomes an unexpected war hero.

The story starts by introducing us to Nicky-Nan, a local fisherman known for his endless tales and his knack for getting into trouble. However, when the Great War breaks out, Nicky-Nan's life takes an unexpected turn. As a reservist, he is called to action, leaving the comfort of his village and setting sail to fight.

What follows is a beautifully woven narrative that highlights both the humor and tragedy of war. Quiller-Couch masterfully describes the experiences of Nicky-Nan and his fellow soldiers, painstakingly portraying the horrors of battle while maintaining a touch of light-heartedness. Through his unique writing style, the author manages to strike a delicate balance between humor and the harsh reality of war.

One aspect that particularly stood out in this book is the way Quiller-Couch depicts the characters. Each individual comes to life through his vivid descriptions, making the reader feel emotionally invested in their journeys. Nicky-Nan's transformation from a mischievous troublemaker to a courageous soldier is particularly compelling, and his growth throughout the narrative is both heartwarming and inspirational.

Furthermore, the author's attention to detail is commendable. Quiller-Couch adeptly captures the essence of the coastal village, painting a picturesque backdrop against which the plot unfolds. His vivid descriptions not only transport the reader to Polkimbra but also evoke a sense of nostalgia and longing for a simpler time.

Although Nicky-Nan, Reservist is a relatively short book, it manages to pack a punch. The story is filled with unexpected twists and turns, keeping the reader engaged until the very end. Quiller-Couch's skillful storytelling allows the plot to flow seamlessly, making it a quick and enjoyable read.

In conclusion, Nicky-Nan, Reservist is a charming novella that combines elements of humor, tragedy, and personal growth. Quiller-Couch's exceptional writing style brings the characters and setting to life, making it easy for readers to get lost in the small coastal village of Polkimbra. This book is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of unexpected heroism, reminding us that courage can be found in the most unlikely of individuals.

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NICKY NAN, RESERVIST.

By Arthur Thomas Quiller Couch, ('Q')

Contents.

Chap.

I. HOW THE CHILDREN PLAYED.

II. CALL TO ARMS.

III. HOW THE MEN WENT.

IV. THE FIRST SERMON.

V. THE ANONYMOUS LETTER.

VI. TREASURE TROVE.

VII. "QUID NON MORTALIA PECTORIA . . ."

VIII. BUSINESS AS USUAL.

IX. THE BROKEN PANE.

X. THE VICAR'S MISGIVINGS.

XI. THE THREE PILCHARDS.

XII. FIRST ATTEMPT AT HIDING.

XIII. FIRST AID.

XIV. POLSUE V PENHALIGON, NANJIVELL INTERVENING.

XV. THE 'TATY PATCH.

XVI. CORPORAL SANDERCOCK.

XVII. THE SECOND SERMON.

XVIII. FEATHERS.

XIX. I SPY HI!

XX. MISS OLIVER PROFFERS ASSISTANCE.

XXI. FAIRY GOLD.

XXII. SALVAGE.

XXIII. ENLIGHTENMENT, AND RECRUITING.

XXIV. THE FIRST THREE.

NICKY NAN, RESERVIST.

CHAPTER I.

HOW THE CHILDREN PLAYED.

When news of the War first came to Polpier, Nicholas Nanjivell (commonly known as Nicky Nan) paid small attention to it, being preoccupied with his own affairs.

Indeed, for some days the children knew more about it than he, being tragically concerned in it poor mites! though they took it gaily enough. For Polpier lives by the fishery, and of the fishermen a large number some scores had passed through the Navy and now belonged to the Reserve... Continue reading book >>




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