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Not a great memoir by any stretch of the imagination,
This review is from: Quartered Safe Out Here (Paperback)
I bought this because I have enjoyed the flashman papers, and my grandfather also happened to have served in Burma. So I expected to learn much more form this book than I did. Having spent a bit of time out in the forests of asia myself I found Frasier's description of his environment mostly entirely unevocative. There are long stretches here where the author also meandders, mostly I think because his memory cannot fill in the gaps. In short it reads like dictation from a hospital bed. This is not one of the great memoirs of the second world war, it is neatly mediocre and perhaps barring the odd laugh here and there due to his rememberances of his cumbrian comrades conversations not a book you'll find yourself keen to recommend to anyone. Strictly for Daily Mail reading over fifties.
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Initial post: 19 Apr 2008 20:19:36 BDT
It is a pity that this reviewer only gave this book one star. To jump to assumptions about writing the book from a hospital bed is at odds with the research into the campaign by the author, George MacDonald Fraser. May I suggest that when one reviews a book you at least have the common courtesy to spell the author's name correctly?
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2009 16:57:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jul 2009 16:57:34 BDT
and learn to spell--incoherence is not a good foundation for a meaningful review, especially if it is dismissive.
Posted on 6 Aug 2009 21:59:37 BDT
Well I am over 50 and I read the daily mail so I will take the positive from the review and order right now. Thank you
Posted on 10 Aug 2009 19:20:54 BDT
RB Smith says:
I can't believe this has been written about the book I've read. This is a stunning book and one I will recommend without hesitation. Perhaps the reviewer doesn't know a well written book when he reads one?
Posted on 10 Nov 2010 22:10:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Nov 2010 17:49:07 GMT
Kerry Marshall says:
Review strictly for Guardian reading under 20s.
If you want to see some quality in reviews of the book, the American reviewers at Amazom.com put this bloke to shame.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2011 16:36:05 GMT
How can you say that? This bloke 'che banana' has spent '...time in the forests of asia...' , close to Asia perhaps? This qualifies him as both literary critic and jungle warfare expert, isn't it amazing what they offer on an 18 to 30 break these days.
Posted on 6 May 2012 18:11:30 BDT
The Bard England says:
G.M.F. never claimed this book to be one of the great memoirs , its just a snapshot of ONE soldiers personal experiences of his war in Burma . And as there is no one all encompasing book of the war in print and never can be , is therefore intended to be read with other works on the subject . The best one can hope for when studying WW2 is to gain an idea of what took place and what it was like by reading as much and by as many different authors as possible . Therefore every book is only a supplement to others .
These days its easier to label than debate , hence if you don,t like something don,t burden your narrow mind with a thought , say for example the existance of different tastes , simply sweep the opinions of anyone who disagrees with you into a negative category dustbin . I don,t like this book therefore anyone who does is a fifty something Daily Mail reader . Ageist , arrogant and bigoted .
In other words possessing all of the characteristics that reading is meant to dispel .
In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012 18:12:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 May 2012 18:15:07 BDT
The Bard England says:
Ha , Ha , Ha . Good one Big Al Erwacht
Posted on 21 May 2012 23:07:47 BDT
Mr. Mrs. W. G. Krouwel says:
I resent the ageist bigotry in this review
Posted on 2 Jun 2012 12:07:24 BDT
Please stop talking about the bloody Daily Mail. I am 35, I have voted Labour in the past and I think the Mail is full of whatever lies and half-truths its cheap, grubby owners can dream up to get rich, and none of this alters the fact that Quartered Safe Out Here is an excellent book.
Also, if it's mediocre, shouldn't it have two stars? How do you rate something truly terrible?
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