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Poignant memories of The Great War.,
This review is from: A Broken World: Letters, diaries and memories of the Great War (Kindle Edition)
‘A Broken World’ is an anthology of non-fiction writing from the First World War, chosen and edited by the best-selling author Sebastian Faulks. The collection is extremely powerful and thought provoking, often very poignant as in the writing that spoke of ‘where there were once nine around the table, we were now reduced to one’. This is shocking and illuminated the concept of loss and despair, for this was one of the themes of the anthology.
The letters to and from home were often emotional, showing the hope for reunion, whilst underlying the thought that this was not always likely, likewise the diary extracts.
I enjoyed reading this collection, some of which I had read in other books, while also feeling the isolation of separation. For these ordinary, every day people were thrust into a war they could never have comprehended, not them or their families waiting back at home. It saddened me as well, for all war is really futile. My own relative was lost to his family in this Great War, someone I would have known but never did. It brought it all home, the sacrifice, the bravery and the loss.