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Home in Time for Breakfast: A First World War Diary Paperback – 12 Nov 2007
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Briefly therefore this is not a polished or literary work with benefit of hindsight, like say Edmund Blunden's 'Undertones, or anything by Sassoon or Graves. Its a simple diary, and from it you get some notions of how the artillery and mortars worked, and of the banality of the life of one cog in a big machine. Perhaps frighteningly 1914-1918 will almost certainly have been the most exciting, terrifying, and interesting episode in this man's life. Here is both the danger and the pleasure of the 'social history' of the ordinary man, which is now the politically correct orthadoxy adopted by so many who teach the subject.
Recommended as an authentic document, not recommended as a scintillating read !
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