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Battle of Britain - a Second World War Spitfire Pilot 1939 - 1941 (My Story) Paperback – 5 May 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
Chris Priestley's style of writing is great. It was very amusing, very entertaining, very evocative and poignant, and most importantly...very real. He knew how to get us attached to Harry, to his family, to his friends, to Lenny especially - and he was able to successfully accomplish this in very limited space. Add to this the historical context, and the knowledge that is gained by reading this.
I found the Moby-Dick part hilarious, and the German soldier part at the end extremely depressing. And the concept of war being honourable reminded me of one of my favourite poems "Dulce et Decorum est" by Wilfred Owen during World War I. In this poem, Owen refers to the old age lie, "Dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori" - meaning, it is a sweet and fitting thing to die for one's country.
On a separate note, reading the historical section at the back of the book, they included the nationalities of aircrew involved in the Battle of Britain, and how many of them were killed throughout. I was very surprised, and proud, to note that there was one Palestinian pilot, who took part in this battle. As I am a Palestinian myself, I found that to be of extreme interest.
Far better books exist for even young children to read of this important part in our history.
Paul Davies BOBHSc
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Since buying this version of My Story, I have bought several others. Good for helping children see how people felt in a different time period.Published 10 months ago by fx55
An interesting insight into the life of a WW2 pilot. Perfect for 10 and up.Published 24 months ago by TwominutesTurkush
This is one of my favorites. The book is good as ut is not all talk throughout like D-Day is at the start.Published on 1 May 2015 by David Watson