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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (8 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857862723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857862723
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels and six other nonfiction books, including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. The winner of a Lannan Literary Award, the International Centre of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award, Dyer is a regular contributor to many publications in the UK and the US. He lives in London. For more information visit Geoff Dyer's official website:

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Articulates a response to the Great War which many feel, but no one has analysed so scrupulously (Spectator)

A gentle, patient, loving book. It is about mourning and memory, about how the Great War has been represented - and our sense of it shaped and defined - by different artistic media . . . its textures are the very rhythms of memory and consciousness (Guardian)

A penetrating meditation upon war and remembrance (Daily Telegraph)

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'The great Great War book of our time.' Observer

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Ball TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jan 2014
Format: Paperback
I'm not really sure how to describe this book. It's not memoir, not history, not travelogue, not literary criticism, although it contains elements of all of those things. If I had to describe it as anything it would be as the written tracings of one man's interior meditation on the Great War, a personal elegy, of sorts.

Beautifully written, this is a book about war and memory and how we remember; or perhaps it would be more appropriate to write, how we approach Remembrance with the intention of remembering. It meanders from Armistice Day and the Cenotaph to the Great War cemeteries, winding all along the old line of the Western Front, Thiepval and Vimy Ridge and Tyne Cot. Drawing on Sassoon, Owen and Remarque along the way, Dyer dwells on how we can adequately remember something that cannot be explained or expressed, how anyone can remember something that only the dead experienced - the true silence at the heart of Remembrance.
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Remembering the Fallen 10 May 2013
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Dyer, in this book, approaches remembrance in a new way - he reviews war memorials themselves. This tack sheds a new light on the terrible losses of WW1 and their subsequent effect on the survivors. How things have changed! As someone noted, WW1 memorials featured grieving mothers; since WW2 the mothers were on the front line and were counted among the fallen . An appropriate thought for Mother's Day (today)
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