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If it was a film, John Wayne would be Nulla!
on 6 July 2009
Like others, I have read many books on the subject and visited a number of WW1 cemetaries in France & Belgium, and my interest is primarily in 'the soldier's story' as opposed to the military strategies and politics of that terrible time. However, I found this book quite tedious, not least because of the writing style (in the present tense) and the narrative all seems a bit disjointed - although, if a book's good enough, that becomes irrelevent. Sorry to say, but in my opinion, 'our hero' is a bit too good to be true and I found myself very increasingly irritated by him. His attitude to anyone not 'Aussie' (particularly the British Tommies) offended me. Let's face it, most of the original British troops had been killed by the time he and his 'diggers' arrived to save the day! This may seem a bit harsh as he obviously did witness and endure some terrible experiences. I don't think I'd recommend this book to anyone (unless maybe if you're Australian!)