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5.0 out of 5 stars A magic Realist genius, 20 Sep 2010
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Ken Raus "David O'Brien" (Lugdunum) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Anathemata (Paperback)
This wonderful book work fuses the colloquial and the erudite language of the writer as if to show the hidden evolutionary link of the pagan and modern cultural inheritance of the dispensable plebeian soldier,whose ancestors included transportees to the colonies and earlier peasants dispossessed by the Land Enclosures or dispossessed even earlier,By the Franco-Norman feudalists...To die fruitlessly on world war one battlefields with small clues as to why,Save for that of adventure gone bad or for reasons of loyal chauvinism Jones deftly describes here...Henry Williamson could have been in these trenches,Listening to the Germans sing at Yuletide which helped form the outlook of a contemporary also out of favour for different reasons but Jones is abstruse in his intriguing references that are like another literary hypertext woven into the book that almost makes it like a wordy waking metaphysical dream,However much it is set amongst swearing,amongst mud and amongst blood and bombs of the kind the young Adolf Hitler risked his famous life amidst against Jones and his British brethren...A wonderful book,Both poetic and realistic with grand dialogue and crying out for a film treatment it's unlikely to get-But at least one can wade through its intricate imaginative maze and wander,Wondering, through its wealth of historical insight and then,On,To his other extraordinary works,Which I do so highly recommend.Punktum.
In Parenthesis: Introduction by T.S.Eliot
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