Sagittarius rising (Wings of war)
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A "bit of a Poet" he tells us of his experience as he trains to be a pilot and then during active duty.
This memoir lets us see through his eyes what live was like. Perhaps we see it better for he has a keen eye for detail and is both sensitive and perceptive.
The flying and combat scenes are perhaps the best ever written.
Undeterred I still purchased the book and have to say the point above is a valid one. The book is still worth reading, especially if you also watch the bbc.co.uk short clip recording of his post Great War interview (search under his name in iPlayer "The Great War Interviews" and you will see his recorded recollection are equally focussed in the book and well worth comparing with each other. Viewing the description of how he lost an Observer when a shell hit him and watching him get upset, then reading the same passage in the book brings an extra poignancy to the reading as you feel his sadness in the passage.
Other events recorded in the book feel less focussed, comments like "log book records a flight with observer XXXX I cannot even remember what he looked like, it is just a name. (Not an exact quote but you will spot the passage upon reading), do not help.
Even so, still worth reading, just do not expect too much. Currently reading Open Cockpit by Arthur Gould Lee which is better written and more focused so consider this book as well
Still it is a book that no doubt shouldn't be missed by any collector of genre.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An incredible life colourfully told, with bravery underplayed, grief taken in its stride, and a love of flying gloriously brought to life amidst the horrors of war. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jules
Cecil Lewis' story is truly inspiring. And staggering will written. Buy it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I didn't get anything like the enjoyment from this book as many of the other reviewers did. It dragged on quite a bit, and there wasn't much reference at all to what it was like... Read morePublished 2 months ago by William J
Well worth a read, but it suffers from the author not keeping a wartime diary, as he freely admits. The book offers therefore a rather sketchy account of his war in the air,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by COL B
Beautifully written, compassionate and reflective. It is a worthy testament to the bravery and sacrifice of a generation that provided the Liberty we enjoy today. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MR CLIVE ALAN RICHARDS/Mary-AnneRichards
Bought this book because he described the blowing of the Lochnagar mine, 1st 1916 while he was flying near Theipval and wanted to hear his account. Worth it just for that. Read morePublished 5 months ago by jarvo