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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 57 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Oct. 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009JYFOXG
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The writer: Alan Moorehead (1910-1983) was an Australian journalist and all-round writer who was with the troops (and their leaders) in the North African battles from Wavell onwards. He was mentioned in despatches twice. His The Desert War: The Classic Trilogy on the North African Campaign 1940-43 is a brilliant account of the desert battles.
My opinion: not as good as the African Trilogy, which is excellent - but still pretty good. His description of the wait for the D-Day landings on the 4th and 5th of June is spellbinding; his description of the Paris liberation is very good, and funny in places - he hoped for a moment he was going to be the one to liberate the Ritz, and 'it was a little galling to find Ernest Hemingway sitting in the dining room over a bottle of Heidsieck." He reports on the quagmire of collaboration and waiting for liberation, on Bergen-Belsen and the German population's reactions; and the final few pages, where he came into Oslo before the official delegation, brought tears to my eyes. He also includes the Bengal famine in the great tragedies of the Second World War, which is not something we hear about much these days.
Mooreead is quite keen on Montgomery, having folloowed him for so long, but is not blind to M's shortcomings; he also was convinced of the relity of the 'Southern Redoubt' in Germany, with arguments. The book is slightly dated, but with very vivid passages at the same time, and very well-written. Recommended.
Anyone who loves beautiful language, vivid imagery and introspection will find this book rewarding. Those who prefer action, lots of plot developments and variety should look elsewhere.
Eclipse is a fine choice for a title of this book -- evoking the many eclipses in Alexander Cleave's life. He's not satisfied with his career as an actor . . . both because he doesn't seem to be able to act any more . . . and because acting keeps him from being himself (whatever that is). In addition, Alexander's relationships with his family are strained, to say the least. Certainly, these could be described as being in eclipse as well. To help get his head together, he goes back to his family home . . . which hasn't been kept up. It's in eclipse, too. While there, he experiences an astronomical eclipse to add to the symmetry. The old home is overcrowded though, with memories, ghosts and visitors. Alexander complains about this to his wife on the telephone, and she responds, "You are your own ghost." It's very Shakespearean. Macbeth seems to be lurking just around the corner.
But after an eclipse, the light does return. If that hope has meaning for you, you'll enjoy Cleave's journey.
Here's a passage of Cleave's musings that will give you a sense of the book: "Life, life is always a surprise. Just when you think you have got the hang of it, have learned your part to perfection, someone in the cast will take it into her head to start improvising, and the whole . . . production will be thrown into disorder."
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