Before moving A Soldier of the Great War from the bedside shelf to the “library,” I want to log at least one memorable passage:

“In a thousand years,” Alessandro said, “this incident will be remembered. By then, of course, we will have become angels, devils, or a dragon that breathes fire…but we have given this rock a story that will be passed on.” “What good is that?” “It isn’t to our advantage, if that’s what you mean. However, it’s pleasurable to cast a line into the future, no matter how tenuously. You never know, the line may be unbroken all the way to the last judgment.”