- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (26 Oct. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141183268
- ISBN-13: 978-0141183268
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Journey's End (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 26 Oct 2000
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About the Author
Robert Cedric Sherriff(6 June 1896 13 November 1975) was anEnglishwriter best known for his playJourney's End, which was based on his experiences as acaptaininWorld War I. He wrote several plays, novels, and screenplays, and was nominated for anAcademy awardand twoBAFTA awards."
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Sherriff does not need to go into the graphic details of what happens when the men 'go over the top', however he builds up a number of passionate friendships that both move and endear the reader. The first of these relationships is between Commander Stanhope and Officer Osborne who is 'the only man who could understand me' as described by the company commander at the moment of Osborne's demise. Their relationship is one of two brothers as they look after each other on the Front line - 'what would I ever do without you old chap' exclaims Stanhope, 'I do not know' responds Osborne - inferring the loving relationship the two characters share. At the moment of Osborne's death I was shocked at the anger that welled up inside Stanhope as he responded to the comments from the survivors of the daylight raid on 'the Boche'. He shouts at Hibbert - 'What did you say!...Get out of my sight!' in anger at losing his 'most trusted friend' and the sense of loss is only solidified by the explosion of emotion that feels his dialogue whilst conversing with Raleigh (the soul commanding survivor of the raid).
The audience can fully understand the sense of anger that is perpetuated by Stanhope at the loss of his comrade. The loss moves the reader as the emotional outpouring fills six pages of intense dialogue between the commanding officer and the other soldiers.
The opposite reaction can be found at the climax of the performance.Read more ›
As a result of the play's brilliance I am now starring and co-directing a performance of it at my school!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A really striking and captivating play that depicts the horrors of the First World War, fully capturing the brutality, the futility and the human stress of war. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Al-Yasa Khan
Set in the trenches of WWI this story follows a small group of officers as they build up to an expected attack by the Germans. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Debra F
"Journey's End" - R.C. Sherriff’s short (96 page), 1928 play about a group of officers in the trenches shortly before a German offensive - is very much of its time, and yet... Read morePublished 6 months ago by nigeyb