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5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't I add a sixth star?, 15 July 2009
This review is from: Somme Mud (Paperback)
Whether this is "faction" or not is irrelevant - this book works on both levels of being an excellent yarn (probably due to the editing), or as a graphic recounting of the true reality of the first modern war, of man against machine. Was it Lynch's catharsis? Or was it his tribute to his fallen digger mates? Who cares - this has to be one the greatest books about WWI, told with real wit, candour & clarity of description, describing the horrors of those battlefields to the extent that one can still hear the noise of the shells etc. through the writer's descriptions. Yes, the period of his recuperation in "Blighty" is surprisingly missing with no explanation, but no way does this detract from the fact that this is a superb book, and deserves to be read and indeed re-read, if you are looking for a book about the ordinary foot soldiers war in WWI. This is the "in your face" story of the results of those broad arrows across maps of Flanders found in the factual books of the Great War.
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