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Memoirs of an Infantry Officer

Memoirs of an Infantry Officer [Kindle Edition]

Siegfried Sassoon
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'It is my own story I am trying to tell, and as such it must be received; those who expect a universalization of the Great War must look for it elsewhere.'

Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, first published in 1930, is Siegfried Sassoon's fictionalized autobiography of the period between the early spring of 1916 and the summer of 1917. The narrative moves from the trenches to the Fourth Army School, to Morlancourt and a raid, then to and through the Somme. The mind of the narrator turns from unquestioning acceptance of the war and of the standards which it set up, to doubting the necessity of the seemingly endless slaughter.

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 426 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction; Fab Lib 1 edition (6 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the classics of World War One fiction. 26 Nov 1998
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Siegfried Sassoon's Memoirs of an Infantry Officer is a classic of WW1 fiction. Largely based on Sassoon's real-life experiences, it is a detailed account of one soldier's life in the trenches of France. It recounts, in the guise of Sassoon's alter-ego, George Sherston, Sassoon's transition from the eagerly patriotic "happy warrior" to the angry anti-war poet (although Sherston is denied the experience of being a poet). The book recounts Sassoon's happy time spent at the Fourth Army School in Flixecourt, the loss of his friend "Dick Tiltwood" (Sassoon's pseudonym for David Thomas), his attempts at revenge on the Germans for Tiltwood's death and his decision to protest against the continuation of the War. The novel continues where "Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man" left off, and is the second of the Sherston trilogy. Although a fictional account of Sassoon's experiences, this book nevertheless presents a clear picture of what life was like for some of the soldiers on the Western Front.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An essential part of the Great War Canon 6 Sep 2004
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Although the language has, perhaps, become a little dated, this is a wonderfully humane and earnest book. A fictionalised account of Sassoon's war and to be read alongside Robert Graves' Goodbye to All That. Highly recommended from a social and literary viewpoint, you'll be able to spot characters such as Graves and Bertrand Russsell who are thinly veiled behind the fiction. This volume takes us to the point at which Sassoon (or Sherston as he is here) was admitted to Craiglockhart Hospital where, effectively, his war ended. Includes wonderful accounts of a serene English life before the aftermath and scale of the Great War's tragedy was fully revealed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memoirs of an Infantry Officer 18 May 2014
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Although Siegfried Sassoon is writing about the most horrible situations in the trenches during the First World War his style is so engaging you can read it without feeling depressed.
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Loved them both since 1943 or 4 School cer . tificate required reading.Reread them since.Among my special favourites;
As you can see Iam new to laptops. Sorry
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