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The Wars: Introduction
The Wars: Plot Summary
The Wars: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Wars: Themes
The Wars: Quotes
The Wars: Characters
The Wars: Terms
The Wars: Symbols
The Wars: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Timothy Findley
Historical Context of The Wars
Other Books Related to The Wars
- Full Title: The Wars
- When Written: Unknown
- Where Written: Canada
- When Published: 1977
- Literary Period: Postmodern
- Genre: War novel, Southern Ontario Gothic
- Setting: Canada, England, Belgium, and France during World War I
- Climax: Robert Ross disobeys orders to free his company’s horses and mules, kills Captain Leather, and deserts the army.
- Antagonist: Captain Leather
- Point of View: First, second, and third person
Extra Credit for The Wars
What’s in a Name? Findley was known by the nickname “Tiff” or “Tiffy,” an acronym of his full name, Timothy Irving Frederick Findley.
Family Business. Much like Thomas Ross’s company, Raymond/Ross Industries, in The Wars, Findley’s grandfather was the president of Massey-Harris, a Canadian farm machinery company.