on 19 March 2016
I just received this book, and have not finished reading it yet. But judging from the
first few chapters, it is a very interesting account of the allied armies entering
Gerrmany from the west across the Rhine at the end of World War II. The author is
an australian reporter who followed the american motorized conquest.
A drawback for me is that the author uses many unfamiliar english words. This is not
a very important drawback, because most of the time I can guess their meaning from
the context. But they are definitely words that one usually does not run into in contemporary
english texts, and my guess is that they might be words typically used i Australia at the time.
And so this is not really an objection. It is rather a stimulus to work on extending one's vocabulary.
The various reviews and comments I read, stated that this is a very unique book.
The circumstance that the manuscript was rejected by the publishers during the
years following the war, makes it all the more interesting to read. Especially since
the author already had a very high standing as a war reporter, and that the book
had already been lauded by the publishers before it was withdrawn following a
period of deliberation. Also the book is not very voluminous, which I think makes
it all the more attractive to read at one's leisure. And so I do not have any qualms
about giving it five stars. It definitely is a five star book !