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Wonderful, moving book. Highly recommended.,
This review is from: Forgotten Voices of the Great War: A New History of WWI in the Words of the Men and Women Who Were There (Forgotten Voices/the Great War) (Hardcover)
There are few books I've read where I have actually been moved to tears - actually REAL tears - whilst reading them. This is one of those books.
FVotGW is a superb collection of memories, anecdotes, insights and real-life tales from those who experienced WWI first-hand.
While such compendiums may have been published before, what comes across in FGotGW is the sheer, over-whelming humanity of people who recorded these thoughts and experiences and the situations they describe. The everyday, mundane aspects of being at war are described as poetically and meaningfully as the high-tension, terror-filled conditions in the trenches and on the battlefield.
The most touching excerpt for me was when the limbless veteran having returned from the Front bumped into a young woman who had - prior to his posting - presented him with a white feather for his alleged cowardice. She saw him in the street, recognised him, but face struck in horror at his disfigurements, walked on ignoring him. She was prepared to humiliate him owing to her own misunderstanding and ignorance of his circumstances, but then did not have the strength of character or humanity to stop and speak to him when he had given so much.
A moving book. An important book.