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Return of the Brute  
Author Liam O'Flaherty
Country Irish Free State
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Wolfhound Press
Publication date 1929
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 139 pp (paperback)
ISBN 9780863276286
OCLC Number 39867523
Preceded by The Wilderness
Followed by Tourist Guide to Ireland

Return of the Brute is a novel written by Irish writer Liam O'Flaherty and published in 1929.


Based on the author's experience as an Irish Guardsman in W.W.I, this short novel tells the story of a squad of British soldiers in an unidentified area of the Western Front. The squad is led by Corporal Williams, an obtuse NCO, and consists of nine infantrymen, one of whom, William Gunn, is plagued by PTS and mentally unbalanced. The novel focuses on the last hours of this group of doomed individuals, which will be killed or wounded in a fruitless attempt to occupy a section of the enemy front line. Gunn will go crazy, turning into the Brute of the title, and will kill the other two surviving soldiers in the bleak ending of the novel.

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