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5.0 out of 5 stars A clasic of English literature.
In my opinion this book is one of the great classics of literature. An autobiographical account of Sassoon's life from his earliest childhood in Edwardian rural Kent, through his hedonistic and drifting days as a 'gentleman sportsman', to finally the battlefields of the Great War.
The wonder of this book is the marvellous descriptive narratives of an idyllic pre-war...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Evolution of a Foxhunting Man:
It seems odd to be reviewing such a well known, indeed classic, book but here goes. It starts as a charming evocation of country life in the early 1900's as lived by a sensitive rather introvert young man living on a modest inheritance, no job, and obsessed with foxhunting.

Joining the army at the start of the war he rapidly becomes a diligent officer, very...
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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clasic of English literature., 11 Oct 2000
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This review is from: The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston (Faber Paper-Covered Editions) (Paperback)
In my opinion this book is one of the great classics of literature. An autobiographical account of Sassoon's life from his earliest childhood in Edwardian rural Kent, through his hedonistic and drifting days as a 'gentleman sportsman', to finally the battlefields of the Great War.
The wonder of this book is the marvellous descriptive narratives of an idyllic pre-war rural England lost forever by the end of the war. Sassoon's early days are dominated by his passion for foxhunting, horses and cricket, and provide a stark contrast to his later life in the army, which took him not only to the horrors of the Western Front but Palestine and Ireland.
For me, one of the strongest points of this book are the images Sassoon creates of his life as a young officer, not only of the horror of life for the infantry during the Great War, but also the humour, the boredom, the fear and the beauty.
A marvellous book and a well deserved 5 stars.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it, 26 Sep 2010
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Have read two of the books in this before but not together. Reading all three together was a much better way to read it and can recommend this book to anyone. Not only because of quality but also of price , three books in one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I expected, 31 May 2011
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This book is clear, well written and moving. My father, who also served as an infantry officer in the first world war, was a great admirer of Sassoon. For my dad's take on WW1 see Schoolboy into War
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really first-class book, 28 Feb 2014
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This book covers one young man's experiences leading-up-to and during the trench-warfare of the 1914-18 War. It is superbly written in the whimsical style of the times; and it gives an honest account.
Elsewhere you may read accounts of the conflict that make it clear that upper-class British, male, humans were expended in greater quantities than other servicemen. This Book helped me to understand just what was lost from Britain, with the passing of those young men.
Thirty years later Brian Horrocks would lament the loss of so many fine young Officers in 1914-18 France, the effects of which could be seen in 1939.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, good edition?, 4 Mar 2013
This review is from: The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston (Faber Paper-Covered Editions) (Paperback)
Is this a good edition? I'm doing an essay on these, and am struggling to find a good one. I know some scholarly penguin ones are coming out soon but too late. Do they have footnotes or anything?
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Evolution of a Foxhunting Man:, 9 July 2009
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This review is from: The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston (Faber Paper-Covered Editions) (Paperback)
It seems odd to be reviewing such a well known, indeed classic, book but here goes. It starts as a charming evocation of country life in the early 1900's as lived by a sensitive rather introvert young man living on a modest inheritance, no job, and obsessed with foxhunting.

Joining the army at the start of the war he rapidly becomes a diligent officer, very caring of his men. The descriptions of the trenches are if anything quite restrained but nonetheless the horror comes through. He experiences a pacifist conversion and starts to cause trouble for the authorities by consorting with well known pacifists and writing about tne iniquities of war - we see a lot on TV, in those days it was possible to conceal the appalling conditions in France from people in England. Not knowing how to deal with such a well born, educated and efficient officer they sent him to the shellshock hospital in Edinburgh largely to get him safely out of the way.

Eventually deciding he can get nowhere with his protest he goes back to the trenches. The style of writing is Edwardian but it is very readable and deservedly a classic book.
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5 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 25 Oct 2007
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Don't expect a horrific account of life in the trenches. It made me feel that being an officer in WW1 was merely an uncomfortable experience, but nothing more. His pre-war life made for a good read.
I'd recommend it but not as an anti-war story.
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