A bit of a struggle,
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This review is from: Bomber County: The Lost Airmen of World War Two (Paperback)
Being a bit of a philistine I also found this book very mixed up and therefore a tortuous read. I had hoped to learn something more about the bombing campaign of WWII, and in fairness there were a few ocassions when interesting narrative did creep through. However, as with other reviewers I found this book difficult to get in to, and in particular it felt that the author spent the first chapter trying to impress the reader with his knowledge of Dylan Thomas, Virginia Woolf and Cecil Day-Lewis.
The first half of chapter 2 was interesting, but otherwise it was quite confused. The author seemed to be implying that there was no poetry of any merit written during WWII, but then spends a lot of the book deliberating over and analysing snippets of it. This also seemed to include some poetry which was completely irrelevant to wartime.
I read it, and I suppose I was glad to have read it (it being originally a present to my elderly father who was interested in all things RAF and who would have hated it if he hadn't have passed away before opening it). Franky I was glad to finish it and move on to something else. I was delighted to give it to the local charity shop, and it will soon be forgotten I suspect. Great if you are a poet, but not for me to take to my desert island I'm afraid.