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This review is from: The Last Fighting Tommy: The Life of Harry Patch, the Only Surviving Veteran of the Trenches (Hardcover)
Sometimes, I reach the end of a book and wish that it had been much longer, and this was one of them. It was compelling.
Harry Patch's story is interesting in that he is so very ordinary yet he has achieved iconic status by virtue of his longevity. A flawed individual (stubborn, unworldly, apparently incapable of being single, unhealed rifts with his children) who represents the stoicism, courage and sacrifice of a generation. He is an everyman, a typical tommy.
I would have liked more insight into what he thinks about the changing face of the world since the Great War; the huge social changes, mass immigration to Britain, the creation of the welfare state, Mrs Thatcher, Diana, 9/11, the prospect of a black/female President. But that's probably because I loved the book so much, I want more!
I'll be buying more of v. Emden's books, that's for sure.