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The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston (Faber Paper-Covered Editions) [Paperback]

Siegfried Sassoon
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27 May 1980 Faber Paper-Covered Editions
"The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston" includes "Sherston's Progress" and both "Memoirs,"

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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,221 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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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clasic of English literature. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it 26 Sep 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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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I expected 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A really first-class book 28 Feb 2014
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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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