- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; paperback / softback edition (9 Oct. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553819135
- ISBN-13: 978-0553819137
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Somme Mud Paperback – 9 Oct 2008
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"As haunting and graphic a description of trench warfare as any I have read... this is a warrior's tale... a great read and a moving eye-witness account of a living hell from which few emerged unscathed" (Daily Express)
"Compares to All Quiet on the Western Front... Both are front-line memoirs of men steadily becoming more professional and more disillusioned... Both are magnificently written" (Prof William Gammage)
"Here is the stink and stench of war... horrifying, scarifying and very humbling as well" (Herald Sun)
"Brilliantly evokes the terror, horror, elation, friendship, gore and depression that made a combat infantryman's life so dangerous, so traumatic and, if he survived, so memorable" (Courier Mail)
"His observations on life in the line and of his emotions in a battle strike a chord. Difficult to put down - it has the feel of being written by a soldier for soldiers" (Soldier Magazine)
A dramatic, immediate, personal account of life and death in the trenches on the Western Front - 1st July 2016 marks the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.See all Product Description
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This is the Great War memoir of our time, if such as statement isn't something of a paradox. Lynch's Australian sensibility, his cheerful challenges to authority and the democratic flavour of Anzac `mateship' are more attuned to a 20th century sensibility than some of the more literary laments to the `futility' of the war in the 1920s and 1930s. (The attitudes to other races in the opening chapter are shocking but not surprising for a memoir of the time; their omission would have been a pointless and historically dishonest piece of editing).
A singular and powerfully important memoir of 1914-1918.
The days of glorified war stories are over, and this book takes the reader on a gritty, totally from-the-heart account of every horrific day in the Western Front.
Whilst full of frightening moments, it also conveys the real sense of comradeship and frequent dark humour of those serving under conditions none of us can know today.
What struck me most about this book was the reminder that the prospect of being sniped, shelled (sometimes by your own side), gassed, or just drowned in flooded shell holes, was present every moment of just about every day. It's also a stark reminder of the appalling conditions men endured for several years.
A brilliant book that ranks amongst the best ever written in terms of actually comprehending - as far as we can today - what men went through, far from home.
There is a moment in the book where Lynch writes about going for a walk through trenches wrestled from the Germans a couple of weeks before and now behind the front line. He talks about rows of British corpses lying in straight lines, shoulder to shoulder. Each a little closer to the German trench as the first were wiped out, the second made it another 20 yards as the Germans reloaded, the third line making it 20 yards closer etc. Then he describes the scene of the hand to hand combat which took place by the position of the corpses. It is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Had Lynch not written about it, who would ever even know how these men died? We still do not know their names but at least we know it happened.
There is simply no possibility that I could do this book or it's author justice or even praise it highly enough but will say that this book is as enthralling as it is important.
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Something distinctly novelistic about this book. Lacked a feeling of authenticity. Sorry.Published 24 days ago by jabcam
An excellent account of Lynch's horrifying experinces in the trenches. He describes many grim situations that have to my knowledge never been told before. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Penny Mitton
Lost my original copy so bought a second hand copy. This is one of the books of WW1 for me. I can't praise it highly enough, a very very good book.Published 3 months ago by peter purdy
One of the best books I have read on any war no glossing over lets you feel a bit of what it must have been like,if that is possiblePublished 10 months ago by gooner
A brutally honest experience of trench like. Author elucidates the sheer randomness of who lived and who died. Interesting account of one persons experience of war.Published 11 months ago by Katy
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