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Thoughtful autobiography mostly about the first world war
on 13 April 2014
I read this because I was fascinated to hear a recent BBC documentary which claimed that this book was partly responsible for poisoning public opinion on the war. It's worth reading to test that assertion alone and for many other reasons, including some of the details of trench warfare, his fascinating relationship with Seigfried Sassoon, some of the events away from battle, and Martin Jarvis's excellent reading.
(I liked it so much I went on the buy his novels of the American war of independence. That was a mistake.)
If you are interested in the war I wholeheartedly recommend reading this and All Quiet on the Western Front which, by departing from strict truth, somehow tells a deeper truth. It also includes a great deal of research on the detail of trench warfare (while Graves limits himself to what he can remember). An absolute gem which you might not know about is The Ice-Cream War by William Boyd, about the first world war in Africa. If you want to read just one novel about the war, pick that one and you won't regret it.