A Glimpse of Eden

In the love letters he wrote to his sweetheart, my grandfather extolled the joys of fighting in World War I. In one 1918 note from Paris, he wrote, “The beauty here is punctuated by the boom of long range shells (one just went off in the front of the hotel), but no one seems to mind, unless they are actually hit.”

The Washington Post Magazine
Edited by David Rowell. Photo by Michael Grimm.

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