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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and fun, 14 Oct 2012
This review is from: Roger, Sausage and Whippet: A Miscellany of Trench Lingo from the Great War (Hardcover)
As someone who enjoys history this is a fantastic and original approach to a period that has been comprehensively covered. Not only does this book bring to life the experience of the common man on the front line, it also provides a witty insight into the period. I had a lot of fun reading this book and think it will make the perfect Christmas present - rivalling the various almanacs that seem to come out at that time of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant new angle, 6 Oct 2012
This review is from: Roger, Sausage and Whippet: A Miscellany of Trench Lingo from the Great War (Hardcover)
I've read loads of books about the Great War 1914-1918 and I've visited the old battlefields many times so I wasn't expecting much from this latest 'miscellany' but on every page I discovered words and phrases I had not come acros before. Christopher Moore's sly definitions also cast new light on many words I already knew. Weirdly, since it's basically a tarted up dictionary,I found myself drawn straight into it and read the whole thing in one sitting (a long train journey).

This may be something to do with Moore's alter ego, a certain Captain Cartwright, the purported collector of the trench lingo in 'Roger, Sausage & Whippet'. Cartwright's story, as narrated in his letters home, seems entirely plausible and, where it touches on real events, historically accurate. I got totally involved with him as a character and was mightily relieved when he survived the battle of the Somme. Perhaps he's been spared for another outing?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and fresh perspective on World War I, 20 May 2013
This review is from: Roger, Sausage and Whippet: A Miscellany of Trench Lingo from the Great War (Hardcover)
Fresh and interesting perspective on the Great War. It manages to express the nuances of trench life. It captures the comic moments as well as the tragic and the writing is touching and informative.

Well worth reading.

PLMR
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