Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat
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And yet within these pages there is so much worth understanding. In Farewell the Trumpets there are great names in the foreground: T E Lawrence, Gandhi, Smuts and Churchill, politicians, statesmen and generals. Lesser mortals, too, for not the least of Morris's gifts is her ability to portray a person in an anecdote, evoke a mood with a poem, reawaken a moment in time with a musty cutting. There is ample humour for Morris loves a good joke. Most of the places of which she writes she has visited, many of the people she has met. And just once, the meticulous, even-handed historian gives way to the proud writer, and then only in a characteristically wry footnote: "The imperturbable Mufti settled after the war in Egypt - where I met him, I cannot resist recording, at the wedding of the King of Libya."
These three books represent a decade of travel, investigation, exploration and conversation. Five stars do them scant justice.
Though she says "I have not been concerned so much with wat the British Empire *meant*, as what it felt like" the lucky reader is treated to both meaning and feeling. I think this is a brilliant book, and I can re-read it at intervals: the jokes! the footnotes! the titillating snippets of obscure information! the irony, the empathy, the glorious writing. What a joy.
this is not an elegy - but not an accusation, either. It is a mood piece, at times melancholy, at times hardboiled and direct. Much of the time it is suffused with gentle irony, and then suddenly you are jolted by a trenchant sentence, as in summarizing Delamere's and Lugard's ideas of empire: "the Kenya Africans would be serfs; the Nigerians, exhibits in a folk museum." It is pithy and to the point. it is also tinged with an affectionate melancholy. In carefully sought-out detail, we get the spirit of empire, and the ridiculousness; beauty, dirt, blood and waste. There are fascinating vignettes of personalities like Smuts, Mary kingsley, Gino Watkins; of places like Calgary, Gallipoli, Magersfontein and Suez; we see Gandhi meet King George V.
I think it is a wonderful book. As Morris says, "it was time the Empire went, but it was sad to see it go." And she manages to make you feel the same, which is a pretty good accomplishment!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These books are an unusual,, personal series of impressions of parts of what was the Empire and what went on there, written by a most entertaining author.
Extremely readable. Read more
Beautifully written, marvellous characters, reads like a novel. History presented to hold the interest. Helps explain many of the predicaments that are still faced today worldwide.Published on 4 Mar. 2014 by Mr. Tj Payton
This part of the trilogy is less satisfying than the first but mustn't be missed. The overall message is that our so-called "special relationship" is a myth.Published on 24 Dec. 2013 by Peter Martinelli Mbe