- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1626 KB
- Print Length: 702 pages
- Publisher: Sutcliffe Publishing (17 July 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LXCI4JI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #243,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nobody Of Any Importance: A Foot Soldier's Memoir Of World War I Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
This book has come closest to answering the question for me and is an excellent read giving more personal detail and background than a lot of memoirs.
But perhaps he is not a 'simple squaddie'. His power of recall of the details of his life make the book continuously interesting. On subjects such as the importance of the Boy Scout movement in the years leading up to the war, the tricks one had to get up to even to feed in the prison camps, the behaviour of both officers and guards, many insights into the daily business of soldiering.
It's a pity his fastidiousness in not mentioning too many specific names slightly lessens its usefulness as historic record, but his son has supplied a fair number and more research might well tie the actions down exactly.
It's quite a long book, but it is never dull, and for an insight into the life of the British soldier din many theatres of war its information can be found nowhere else.
Firstly, Sam tells about his childhood which whilst materially deprived was rich in many other ways. He describes people, what they looked like, what they wore, how they moved and spoke in a way which I thought might prove tedious over the length of the book but rather was a constant delight. Buildings, interior and exterior, shops, streets, scenery and weather are all described in surprising detail. To say that he takes you into his world sounds like such a cliche, but sometimes it does feel more like watching a film than reading a book.
As his story proceeds we find that not only does Sam have surprisingly sharp senses and ability to report what he sees, hears, smells, but his perception of things less apparent is also unusual, especially in one so young. I am thinking here of the way he notices the behaviour of people and the more subtle nuances, drawing from this an understanding of inter, intra and group dynamics which adds a significant dimension to the book.
As other reviewers have noted, Sam tells it like it is. He tells us facts and is sparing with his opinions. He seeks to be even handed and his integrity and compassion are strongly present in his writing. Sam is honest about the extremes of the appalling suffering he endured, and yet the book is full of humour, wry comment and passages about times when he had some fun and life was good.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An easy read of one man's war experience. However I feel the read could have been condensed by devoting the first two chapters to his pre military life and not the ten used in the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by j williamson
As an ex soldier who also joined early although my wars were nothing compared to WW1; I am avid reader of personal accounts. Read morePublished 23 months ago by NJ Perkovic
An authentic, detailed, modest account of Sam Sutcliffe's experiences, beginning with his early life and voluntary enlistment as a boy of sixteen in 1914 doing the work of an adult... Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2014 by minimus
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