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a wee man's great war,
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This review is from: Tommy's War: A First World War Diary 1913-1918 (Hardcover)
Having a fair knowledge of this 1914/1918 hellish war from the writings of the politicians and historians,it was both interesting and enlightening to follow the lives of ordinary working folk who happened to be living and working in Glasgow at this time through the diaries of Thomas Livingstone. This book has everything: humour, compassion and suspense [will he or won't he be called to the trenches]. Here is a man of very limited formal education who writes beautifully quoting from the classics ,using French and Latin phrases and illustrating his pages with skillful sometimes sad but usually very funny cartoons. This day to day account of his family life[ birthdays, Christmas, summer holidays] against the horrors of the first world war is a masterpiece.Thomas Livingstone dealt with his wife's failing health, food shortages, the death of friends and alas lack of tobacco to indulge his only vice with fortitude and kindness.
I defy anyone to read this unassuming work without laughing out loud and shedding a few tears.