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Mouthful of Rocks: Through Africa and Corsica in the French Foreign Legion (Jennings) Paperback – 26 Mar 1990


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (26 Mar 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747505799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747505792
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rotor on 13 Dec 2006
Format: Paperback
I went through basic with Chris Jennings in ORANGE with the 1er REC ,his tale is full of inaccuracies about the people he did basic training with (he even uses their real names for some odd reason and others did not even exist) , people he said deserted during basic did not , his own achievements are highly over exaggerated and so on ,although his account of treatment of recruits was fairly accurate , basic was done in Orange which was very unusual and I think the 1er Rec were determined to turn the recruits out better than Castel...at any cost, I doubt Jennings could ever visit France or Legion reunions without repercussions. .....save your money ,"Marching With The Devil" by David Mason is more accurate.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sutcliffe on 18 Jan 2005
Format: Paperback
I have read several books in relation to La Legion Entragere, and my own father served with the Artillery for the French Regulars in 1960 and I have never heard one man complain so much in my life as Mr Jennings in this book!!! Hats off to Mr Jennings on joining the Legion in the 1st place, but the man must have known what he was in for before he went in! Personally, my advice is read either Simon Murray's book or Bill Paris'.
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By Mr. Mark M. Munro on 30 Jan 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
great book thanks. really enjoyed it was excellent reading and very enjoyable,would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the military.
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By Jim Jam on 17 Jun 2013
Format: Hardcover
Very negative account of one man's experience in the French Foreign Legion in the 1980s.
It does not (as the synopsis claims) dispel myths and truths, it is one man's view, a 200 page complaint which seems (at times) to mix fact with fiction.
Every soldier I've ever met has liked a moan, but Mr Jennings takes it to a whole new level while not wanting to accept any responsibility for the situations he finds himself in - so in the end he deserts.

Save your money, there are numerous first hand accounts of life in the French Foreign Legion and every one (that I have read) gives a more balanced, insightful, mature and honest(?) depiction of the experience.

If you are looking for a fascinating and well written chronicle then try 'Legionnaire' by Simon Murray, it may have been published in 1978 (and recounts his participation in the 1960s), but it is still (probably) the best FFL memoir in print.
For those of you who want something more up to date, I would recommend the following authors: Tony Sloane, Gareth Cairns, Alex Lochrie and Evan McGorman. 'Diary of a Legionnaire' (Cairns) and 'The Naked Soldier' (Sloane) are fairly recent accounts of young men joining the parachute regiment; 'Fighting for the French Foreign Legion' (Lochrie) is fairly unique in that it gives the perspective of a man who joined in his late thirties, it is also (regrettably) very short. Finally, `Life in the French Foreign Legion' (McGorman) serves more as a detailed guide on how to join and what life is like if you do. I have also read 'The Making of a Legionnaire' by Bill Parris, it is OK, way better than Jennings (or Salazar), but is nowhere near as complete or informative as the tomes I have recommended.
For the record: I have not read 'Marching With the Devil' or 'Legionnaire MacKenzie'.
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By David Hull on 2 July 2012
Format: Paperback
I have mixed feelings on this book. If your interested in the French Foreign Legion then yes it tells you what he did and how he did it BUT and its a very big BUT. This guy can moan for England and he does, he does things that are down right degrading and I have to say I'm not sure how much to believe is real and what is his interpretation of what went on.

Its an OK read and I did kind of enjoy it but he lets the UK down with his antics and attitude, just another moaning Brit I hear them saying.
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I joined the 'Legion at the same time as Christian. I first met him at Aubagne, Marseille, during initial selection. We met again later, when I'd been posted to the 13eme DBLE in Djibouti, and he arrived with the 2nd REP for a tour of duty.

Several years after returning to the UK I visited Cristian at his home in North London, and had the pleasure of meeting his sister, Perpetua, as mentioned in his book.

Many books have been published about the 'Legion, but most have fallen into the trap of seeking in some way to glorify what is in essence a legitimate mercenary army. "Mouthful of Rocks - Through Africa and Corsica in The Fench Foreign Legion" is an honest and frank account of what 'Legion life was realy like in the 80's, what he describes is what really went on.

If you're thinking of joining then read this book. When I read it it reminded me of life in the 'Legion, my own experiences were as varied as his - some bad - many good, but all unforgetable. Ten-out-of-ten for telling it how it really was.
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