Alamein to Zem Zem Paperback – 10 May 2011
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Alamein to Zem Zem by Keith Douglas is a remarkable, first-hand account of the Second World War in North Africa: 'Everything, from flowers carpeting the desert in winter to vanquished enemies, is seen with a poet's eye and the generosity of young.' (John Carey, the Guardian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Keith Douglas was born in 1920. At school and at Oxford he was both a prolific poet and a committed member of the Officers Training Corps. When the Second World War broke out, he enlisted immediately, and was posted to Palestine in 1941. When his tank regiment began fighting in El Alamein in 1942, Douglas was instructed to stay behind as a staff officer. But he made his own way to the battlefield, an experience which he recounted in his prose memoir Alamein to Zem Zem (first published in 1946). He later took part in the Normandy invasion on 6 June 1944, and was killed three days later. His Collected Poems came out in 1951.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Page 271 : ‘A young tank officer, Keith Douglas, served in the North Africa campaign, and wrote an excellent memoir about his experiences, Alamein to Zem Zem. ‘In tank warfare you only saw your enemy when he surrendered or when as in Vergissmeinnicht, you came upon his rotting corpse.’ Douglas was killed himself in Normandy a year later, leaving arguably the best war poems of any Englishman in the conflict.’
I’ve grown to be wary of such accolades – especially the ‘arguably’ – which often seems to be used as an rear-guarding caveat, for just about anything can be so described – but my interest in the literature of war; the even tenor of the introductions to the various sections of the anthology and the selection of poems were good enough for me to order Keith Douglas’s book from Amazon.
I found that reading material by a person whom you know was killed a short time later (Alamein took place in November 1942 and the author was killed in July 1944) was quite special but in a way I find difficult to define. I can however say that it’s very different from reading the memoirs of someone you know didn’t die until some considerable period of time after they had written a book e.g. Eisenhower’s Crusade in Europe.
I wonder what the mechanics of setting down Alamein to Zem Zem were? At the very least he must have scribbled in down in a jotter and then passed it on to get written-up. Also, how did he manage to find time to write? There seems something of Isaac Rosenberg in his hurried scribblings, something quite noble.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superb and concise account of a tank commander in North Africa in and around AlameinPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
It does not have his poems, but you did not say that when advertising it. I would give it 5 stars if it was complete. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Diana
As with any diary this was a very personalised record of an important time in WW2 and gives a detailed picture of tank warfare over a small space of time and led me to look at... Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2014 by Des
Superbly written, clear, factual, no false emotion or sentiment, no self pity or evading the contradictions inherent in war. Hugely illuminating.Published on 12 May 2013 by J Colvin
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Biography > Historical > 1901 Onwards
- Books > Biography > Historical > Countries & Regions > Africa
- Books > Biography > Novelists, Poets & Playwrights
- Books > Biography > Political > Countries & Regions
- Books > Biography > War & Espionage > World War II
- Books > History > World History > World War II 1939-1945 > Battles & Campaigns > Alamein
- Books > History > World History > World War II 1939-1945 > Biographies & Memoirs
- Books > History > World History > World War II 1939-1945 > Origins
- Books > Poetry, Drama & Criticism > Poetry > Genres > War