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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling one the one hand, disturbing on the other...
This book I read from cover to cover in one big breath. Having already seen the film of the book (an excellent film, I should add which unfortunately is not sold anywhere to my knowledge) I didn't really expect the book could move me more than the film. How wrong I was! The book is written by both Robert Lawrence (the guy it all happened to) and his father John Lawrence...
Published on 27 Jan 2001 by F. Van Doorn

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fight For Right Never Ceases
The book, by halves, is very much a worthwhile read and an insight into a proud, loving English family. Yet the father in his various accounts comes across as a pompous socialite who expects a destructive English class structure to be adhered to. Nevertheless I do have a glowing admiration for his honesty and total devotion to his family and nation. Roberts' account...
Published on 5 July 2004 by john kuzma


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling one the one hand, disturbing on the other..., 27 Jan 2001
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F. Van Doorn (Holland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: When the Fighting is Over: A Personal Story of the Battle for Tumbledown Mountain and Its Aftermath (Paperback)
This book I read from cover to cover in one big breath. Having already seen the film of the book (an excellent film, I should add which unfortunately is not sold anywhere to my knowledge) I didn't really expect the book could move me more than the film. How wrong I was! The book is written by both Robert Lawrence (the guy it all happened to) and his father John Lawrence. Their writing alternates with eachother so that you get a good idea of what the son and the father (parents) are going through at the same time. I thought this book was compelling, often disturbing, but always heartwarming. And with all due respect to the previous reviewer: this book isn't about the Falklands or the British Army, it's about the struggle of a young man who got wounded, fighting for a cause he believed in, then finding out that society didn't care all that much about the victims of war. I also think that Robert Lawrence is a very courageous man, not only during the battle but even more so in trying to pick up the pieces and build up a living again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written from the heart, 3 Sep 2006
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Mr. D. Critchlow (Milton Keynes, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: When the Fighting is Over: A Personal Story of the Battle for Tumbledown Mountain and Its Aftermath (Paperback)
I was informed about this book by one of my good friends father who fought in the battle of 'Tumbledown'. I've read many books on the Falklands, this on stood out and was a great read. I thought it was a extremley accurate account of the Lt Lawence and the difficulties he face whilst trying to establish some form of normality in 'Civiy' street. A true personnel battle of grit and deterimation of a forgotten hero.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fight For Right Never Ceases, 5 July 2004
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john kuzma (Springwood, NSW, Australia) - See all my reviews
The book, by halves, is very much a worthwhile read and an insight into a proud, loving English family. Yet the father in his various accounts comes across as a pompous socialite who expects a destructive English class structure to be adhered to. Nevertheless I do have a glowing admiration for his honesty and total devotion to his family and nation. Roberts' account throughout the book is at times gut wrenching. His heart felt words painted a picture of true grit, bravery and a strength of character that a Military Cross is only a small token of.

Robert should be a hero not only in Britain but a hero of mankind, survival and justice. Throughout life you learn of great accomplishments yet when a person survives the harrowing, physical and mental disfigurements of war nobody, it seems, wants to know. People like Robert are the real Conquerors of lifes' Everests. As the eye finds it difficult to accept what is before it, so the character of one must close that person out of its self centred world. It's a sad reflection on the society of today.So many politicians struggle to be the leaders of countries; here was a platoon leader acknowledging his responsibilities only to be ignored and deserted by those self righteous who sent the young off to war.
They say a true hero doesn't need to write a saga to convey the tials and tribulations, the accomplishments and achievements. This book definitely proves a lot can be said in a few words. If this book had only been written by Robert it would have had a greater reaction and a listing high in the memoirs of wartime success stories. On the other hand if the father had not written his contribution the full story would never have been known. The name dropping and throwing off people like a dirty rag are rather egotistical and abhorrent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Is it worth it?", 4 Nov 2002
A trully heart-wrenching book. The closest comparison that one can come up with is Ron Kovic's equally amazing "Born on the fourth of July". However, be warned that whilst Robert's parts are the highlights, insightful, interesting and even funny, his father John's tendency to litter his passages with prayers for his wounded son do begin to grate the reader a little and, i am sorry to say are even a little embarassing.
On the whole, however, this book should be recommended to anybody with an intest in modern warfare and especially to any one wishing to join the army of this "great" nation.
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6 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing at best, 30 April 2000
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This review is from: When the Fighting is Over: A Personal Story of the Battle for Tumbledown Mountain and Its Aftermath (Paperback)
Whilst one must appreciate the pain Robert Lawrence has gone through after he was shot in the head during the Battle for Mount Tumbledown, his father and himself have not written a very enthralling book. Little is spent on the battle, and the majority is of this person's struggle with issues with the army, which unfortunately do not make good, interesting reading. John Lawrence simply repeats the same line about a prayer to god over and over again which gets extremeley tedious after about the fifth time. There are far better Falkland Island and British Army examples.
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