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A tedious account of a boring existence,
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This review is from: Picking Up The Brass (Kindle Edition)This is in many respects a picture of army life I can recognise from my own experience, but unfortunately the book tends to capture too well the boring repetitiveness of training under boorish bullies. The authors extract humour from the situation but that too lacks variety.
Crucially, there is the question of language, and here is a problem of realism which may be insoluble. Much of army life is peppered from minute to minute with the f-word and the c-word. I am not squeamish but when the same two words, adapted as noun, verb or adjective, recur a dozen times on a single page I feel the same about the book as I did about service life - get me out of here.
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Initial post: 16 Apr 2012 19:34:09 BDT
Charles Bell says:
As the author, i'd just like to say what a great privilege it is to have a review from you, good or bad.
As a football lover of 43 years and counting, your voice has provided the early soundtrack to my enjoyment of the beautiful game. Kick Off was the absolute, must-watch programme in our house and we all (especially my dad) loved it when we found out you'd be covering the game.
Sorry you didn't like the book. It's certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but we knew that would be the case when we wrote it.
All the best
Charlie Bell (one half of Eddy Nugent).
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2012 19:39:11 BDT
G. M. Sinstadt says:
That is remarkably generous of you. I'm sorry I didn't like the book, too, but I wish you well in other projects.
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