In my opinion this book is one of the great classics of literature. An autobiographical account of Sassoon's life from his earliest childhood in Edwardian rural Kent, through his hedonistic and drifting days as a 'gentleman sportsman', to finally the battlefields of the Great War.
The wonder of this book is the marvellous descriptive narratives of an idyllic pre-war rural England lost forever by the end of the war. Sassoon's early days are dominated by his passion for foxhunting, horses and cricket, and provide a stark contrast to his later life in the army, which took him not only to the horrors of the Western Front but Palestine and Ireland.
For me, one of the strongest points of this book are the images Sassoon creates of his life as a young officer, not only of the horror of life for the infantry during the Great War, but also the humour, the boredom, the fear and the beauty.
A marvellous book and a well deserved 5 stars.