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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (27 May 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571099130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571099139
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.8 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most satisfying piece of autobiography to be published in our time. All the equipment of a novelist is Sassoon's. But what novel could equal in fascination this true story? The three books give him a place unique in English letters" --Howard Spring, "English Standard"

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Siegfried Sassoon was born in 1886 and educated at Clare College, Cambridge. He served in the trenches during the First World War, where he began to write the poems for which he is remembered. Despatched as 'shell-shocked' to hospital, he organised public protest against the war. His poetry initially met with little response, but his reputation grew steadily in the following decades. Apart from the War Poems of 1919, he published eight volumes of verse during his lifetime. But it is as a novelist and autobiographer that he is perhaps better known. Sassoon's semi-autobiographical trilogy, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man (1928), Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (1930) and Sherston's Progress (1936), was outstandingly successful. He published several more volumes of autobiography, including Siegfried's Journey (1945), before his death in 1967.

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91 of 92 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Oct. 2000
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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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Stewart on 26 Sept. 2010
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Have read two of the books in this before but not together. Reading all three together was a much better way to read it and can recommend this book to anyone. Not only because of quality but also of price , three books in one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. N. Mellersh on 31 May 2011
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This book is clear, well written and moving. My father, who also served as an infantry officer in the first world war, was a great admirer of Sassoon. For my dad's take on WW1 see Schoolboy into War
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike B on 25 April 2014
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I first read the first volume, Memoirs of a Foxhunting Man, many years ago as an O level set book. I wanted to see how the book and the follow-on volumes read forty years on. I wasn't disappointed, the three volumes are an entertaining record of the idyllic (for some) years leading up to the Great War, and how one individual then coped with the transition to war, and to becoming a competent officer. Even though Sassoon later came close to becoming a Conscientious Objector, he (as George Sherston) more than did his stint in the front line, and his reckless bravery and the way it is recounted, shows how young officers coped with some incredibly difficult situations and perhaps why the whole army carried on in the face of adversity.

Recommended for anyone who wants to know what life was like in the front line from the viewpoint of an intelligent sceptical man.
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This book covers one young man's experiences leading-up-to and during the trench-warfare of the 1914-18 War. It is superbly written in the whimsical style of the times; and it gives an honest account.
Elsewhere you may read accounts of the conflict that make it clear that upper-class British, male, humans were expended in greater quantities than other servicemen. This Book helped me to understand just what was lost from Britain, with the passing of those young men.
Thirty years later Brian Horrocks would lament the loss of so many fine young Officers in 1914-18 France, the effects of which could be seen in 1939.
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The story is outstanding; the quality of the binding very much less so. It seems to be difficult to get this book which is a great shame - the trilogy is mesmerising; this edition might put off the reader from really engaging with the book. Bought it for my 11 year old son who is fascinated with Sassoon et al - he hasn't yet picked it up. Very glum!
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