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5.0 out of 5 stars Campbell Barracks, 10 Nov 2011
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This review is from: Tunes of Glory (Canongate Classics) (Paperback)
Tunes of glory is the story of two Officers of a Scottish regiment quartered in a Scotish town. The writer had personal experience of Army life; this gives gives the novel a realistic and likely climax. The historical situation refers to the first years after the II W. W. In my opinion, it is really interesting to follow the psycological development of the main characters. The minor characters also are so well drown that is difficult to forget them. I also like the description of military life and its milieu.

Colonel Barrow is a gentleman and a brave Officer who fought in Burma and spent some years in a Japonese POW camp. This terrible experience and the end of his marriage left deep scars in his psyche. After a period in MI 5, he was offered a new command in the Army. The command of the Regiment is only a waiting period before receiving a more important appointment. Becouse of his high social position and his education,(Oxford and Sandhurst) he is unable to stand up to the heavy and rough personality of Major Jock Sinclair, who rose through the ranks fightying in the Western Desert against Axis Army. At beginning of the story, he had been acting as Lieutenant Colonel for some years. Sinclair opposites Colonel Barrow at every opportunity . The Officers and men of the Regiment have to take sides in this blatant clash of wills.
Although the end of the story is very tragic, I think < Tunes of Glory > is a pleasant and interesting novel.

I saw the movie , with Alec Guinnes ( Lt. Col. Jock Sinclair) and John Mills ( Col. Basil Barrow ). I am glad now to read the novel
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Tunes of Glory (Canongate Classics) by James Kennaway (Paperback - 13 April 1989)
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