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Rules for Old Men Waiting - A Novel

Peter Pouncey

A brief, lyrical novel with a powerful emotional charge, Rules for Old Men Waiting is about three wars of the twentieth century and an ever-deepening marriage. In a house on the Cape "older than the Republic," Robert MacIver, a historian who long ago played rugby for Scotland, creates a list of rules by which to live out his last days. The most important rule, to "tell a story to its end," spurs the old Scot on to invent a strange and gripping tale of men in the trenches of the First World War. Drawn from a depth of knowledge and imagination, MacIver conjures the implacable, clear-sighted artist Private Callum; the private's nemesis Sergeant Braddis, with his pincerlike nails; Lieutenant Simon Dodds, who takes on Braddis; and Private Charlie Alston, who is ensnared in this story of inhumanity and betrayal but brings it to a close. This invented tale of the Great War prompts MacIver's own memories of his role in World War II and of Vietnam, where his son, David served. Both the stories and the memories alike are lit by the vivid presence of Margaret, his wife. As Hearts and Minds director Peter Davis writes, "Pouncey has wrought an almost inconceivable amount of beauty from pain, loss, and war, and I think he has been able to do this because every page is imbued with the love story at the heart of his astonishing novel." From the Hardcover edition.

A brief, lyrical novel with a powerful emotional charge, Rules for Old Men Waiting is about three wars of the twentieth century and an ever-deepening marriage. In a house on the Cape "older than the Republic," Robert MacIver, a historian who long ago played rugby for Scotland, creates a list of rules by which to live out his last days. The most important rule, to "tell a story to its end," spurs the old Scot on to invent a strange and gripping tale of men in the trenches of the First World War. Drawn from a depth of knowledge and imagination, MacIver conjures the implacable, clear-sighted artist Private Callum; the private's nemesis Sergeant Braddis, with his pincerlike nails; Lieutenant Simon Dodds, who takes on Braddis; and Private Charlie Alston, who is ensnared in this story of inhumanity and betrayal but brings it to a close. This invented tale of the Great War prompts MacIver's own memories of his role in World War II and of Vietnam, where his son, David served. Both the stories and the memories alike are lit by the vivid presence of Margaret, his wife. As Hearts and Minds director Peter Davis writes, "Pouncey has wrought an almost inconceivable amount of beauty from pain, loss, and war, and I think he has been able to do this because every page is imbued with the love story at the heart of his astonishing novel." From the Hardcover edition.
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A brief, lyrical novel with a powerful emotional charge, Rules for Old Men Waiting is about three wars of the twentieth century and an ever-deepening marriage. In a house on the Cape "older than the Republic," Robert MacIver, a historian who long ago played rugby for Scotland, creates a list of rules by which to live out his last days. The most important rule, to "tell a story to its end," spurs the old Scot on to invent a strange and gripping tale of men in the trenches of the First World War. Drawn from a depth of knowledge and imagination, MacIver conjures the implacable, clear-sighted artist Private Callum; the private's nemesis Sergeant Braddis, with his pincerlike nails; Lieutenant Simon Dodds, who takes on Braddis; and Private Charlie Alston, who is ensnared in this story of inhumanity and betrayal but brings it to a close. This invented tale of the Great War prompts MacIver's own memories of his role in World War II and of Vietnam, where his son, David served. Both the stories and the memories alike are lit by the vivid presence of Margaret, his wife. As Hearts and Minds director Peter Davis writes, "Pouncey has wrought an almost inconceivable amount of beauty from pain, loss, and war, and I think he has been able to do this because every page is imbued with the love story at the heart of his astonishing novel." From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Vance

Length:

6h 59m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:26


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:23


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:33


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:53


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:51


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:53


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:30


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:15


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:31


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:45


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:31


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:02


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:29


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:00


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:42


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:52


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:31


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:31


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:24


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:06


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:50


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:39


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:28


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:56


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:59


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:12


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:17


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:33


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:25


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:47


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:33


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:41


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:21


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:07


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:57


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:20


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:34


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:05


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:18


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:05


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:20


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:37


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:33


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:26


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:26


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:20


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:32


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:32


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:08


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:44


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:04


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:08


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:51