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An understated classic,
This review is from: Undertones of War (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)I have tried numerous times to read Undertones of War, and given up each time as i became frustrated by what i percieved as difficult language and a rambling narrative. But finally, at aged 35 i read my Grandfather's book, and it finally all clicked into place. The humour, the understated horror, his warmth, humanity and love for his fellow soldiers shine through the text. I found i couldnt put it down. I think it is a brilliant account of what must have been a living hell, especially given his age- he was 19 when he went to France, and celebrated his 21st in a trench. Keep on trying if you find UOW difficult, because ultimately it is a magnificent read, as is his poetry. You just cant read it in a hurry. It may not be easy reading like Robert Graves or some of Sasson's poetry but stick with it. Blunden's work is a bit like an onion- lots of layers, that need to be peeled back and absorbed slowly to get the true flavour. Enjoy it- i did in the end!
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Initial post: 11 Nov 2010 08:38:07 GMT
Severn meadows says:
An excellent review, thankyou!
Posted on 8 Jul 2011 11:08:01 BDT
My grandfather was in the same battalion as Edmund Blunden and our only family heirloom is an old copy of Undertones of War which the author dedicated to my grandfather "for his friendship in Flanders".
Posted on 13 Nov 2011 13:26:32 GMT
G. Smith says:
Have read this book at least five times, and each time I feel that I'm reading it afresh. A marvellous poetic and modestly understated journal that should be required reading in any study of the first world war. I've followed in Blunden's footsteps around the Somme area and the Ypres salient as a result of his book and his incredible poetry. You won't find any mention of it in the book, but he won the Military Cross for bravery whilst in the Somme. Truly a man apart.
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