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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A politically incorrect life - defintely worth reading
Other reviewers justly underline the unique character of this man. I would like to add that this book makes an interesting reading especially when one thinks it was not written by a professionally trained soldier: Carton de Wiart never went to military academy. Secondly, his humour is often caustic and politically incorrect, if viewed from the point of view of a...
Published on 12 Oct 2009 by Bonfanti Matteo

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings even in context
The first thing to keep in mind when reading the autobiography of Sir Adrian, is that it was written by an Edwardian soldier back in 1950. Some of his more grating opinions, to modern ears, must be taken in context and that's not the reason why I give this book 3 stars.

I just didn't find Sir Adrian to be a very good author, a very brave soldier and immensely...
Published on 9 Nov 2010 by Miran Ali


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A politically incorrect life - defintely worth reading, 12 Oct 2009
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This review is from: Happy Odyssey (Paperback)
Other reviewers justly underline the unique character of this man. I would like to add that this book makes an interesting reading especially when one thinks it was not written by a professionally trained soldier: Carton de Wiart never went to military academy. Secondly, his humour is often caustic and politically incorrect, if viewed from the point of view of a contemporary reader - I found this refreshing, no matter if you agree with the author or not. The last thing is that -with remarkable modesty- he does not once mention the Victoria Cross he was awarded in WWI.
Lastly, one wonders how such an 'action man' could be tasked with political/diplomatic appointments which at first sight would require a different skill set than -by his own admission- his own. Well, perhaps it is a sign that big democracies can accommodate large personalities?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sports and War, 6 May 2009
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This is a most remarkable book written by a most remarkable person who totally failed in his academic career but was saved from studies by the Boer war. An outstanding horse-man repeatedly wounded and loosing an eye in Africa and the left arm at Ypres in WW1, and moreover full of scrapnels here and there and everywhere, awarded the VC, he is a marvellous not to say uniqe example of a warrior and sportsman who ended who failed all theoretical studies but became a lieutentant-general and later ended up as Churchills special emissar to Poland abd later to China. Wounded repeatedly in numerous battles he was always referred to the same hospital and room in London where he was provided with his own dressing-gown always waiting for him. His career came to an end slipping on a coco mat in China breaking his back - and referred back again to 'his' hospital in London. An exciting personality with a lot of humour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Odyaaey, 11 July 2010
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A wondereful read aabout a most remarkable and modest man. He led a life such as you might imagine a
John Buchan hero might have done, and it's all described by him in the most matter of fact manner. He
talks about being at the Somme, but doesn't find it necessary to mention that he was awarded the VC there,
and the VC is not mentioned anywhere in the book.
If you are a military book reader - BUY IT - and read it every time you feel a bit down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing man, 8 Jan 2014
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I have been giving this book away left and right. I dread the years of commemoration of the First World War but General Sir Adrian will see me through it. He had only one hand, only one eye, and surprisingly only one Victoria Cross. He is the model for Brigadier Ritchie-Hook in Evelyn Waugh's Men at Arms. He must have had very high blood pressure. He loved fighting and did not mind who he fought for. To alleviate the boredom of garrison duties in India, he engaged in polo, pig sticking and once pulled a cobra out of its hole and despatched it with his sword (remember with one hand). His book is hugely entertaining and at times hilarious.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story to match a unique life, 23 April 2008
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Carton de Wiart wrote this himself and it is a top quality work. Make no mistake this is a shocking story of a heroic man in love with war, but he is very, very good at it. Read this if you are after a War autobiography which is pure genius.
Absolutly five star read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous., 27 Jun 2014
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Such a good read as to be almost unbelievable. The things this man got up to during his life make Sir Ranulph Fiennes look like a stay at home bore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, 28 Oct 2013
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A good read. This book provides a lot of insight into what the British Army was during the early - mid 1900s. Carton de Wiarts adventures are captivating enough to keep you reading, and his dry and matter of fact attitude will keep you amused. Would recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True hero, 11 Sep 2013
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An amazing account of a true hero's experience in both World Wars and interesting exploits in between.

Once I started I couldn't put it down
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT PRODUCT., 19 Aug 2013
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this was an excellent product. it arrived on time, and the package, protected my book 100%.
it was a great hard-paper package, and the book inside it was intact, and in brand new condition.
the book itself, was also in great condition, brand new, and untouched.

the book is well-writter, in good condition, and it's great.

also, the story inside it is the great life, of a legendary man.
i would highly recomend it to you if you like world war heroes, and legendary soldiers, who were great people.

i would also recomend this seller, and product to everyone.
great product, and great seller!
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5.0 out of 5 stars We shall see his like no more., 16 Aug 2013
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And some might say, "thank the Lord for that!"

Carton de Wiart may actually have not have been a brave man. From his writing, it's hard to judge whether the man felt fear at all. That provides some highlights - his description of "nearly losing my leg" is covered in a sentence - and so many descriptions of combat that imply that the man was made for war. If war hadn't been invented yet, he would have invented it.

Thankfully, he was also a man made to tell his story. His story runs in a semi-conversational style: one can imagine sitting down at a club to hear the oldest member telling his story and hanging on his every word, hoping against hope that the waiters were in no hurry to get home.

His descriptions of his inter-war diplomatic service are a further measure of the man. His work seems almost incidental: a hobby that he did well, but took away from the more important activities of hunting and shooting. There's the apocryphal tale that Ben Ritchie Hook is modelled on Carlton de Wiart, and one can see that. One could also see Mitford's Uncle Matthew in him too.

He leaves a literary legacy as well as his own - his great-grandson is the soldier and war correspondent Anthony Loyd.

Much like I could imaging the waiters at the club would see sense and let the man finish his story, you will need to set aside some time to read this. The marvellous style, incredible subject matter, and matter-of-fact attitude to war and life make it unputdownable.
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