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The World of William Clissold Vol 1 and 2 Hardcover – 1933

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  • Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000MDMXSC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,661,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The World of William Clissold Vol.1, hardcover, Waterlow & Sons Limited, London, 1933. Dark Blue Leather. Book Condition: Good- Minimal wear to edges.Cover is Black board with gold decoration and is part of a matching set.

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Format: Paperback
This novel deserves to be much better known. Although H G Wells, along with almost all the intellectuals of the age, supported the British war drive despite the horrific massacres, this novel shows he was able to portray in a very moving manner the psychological effects of war, loss and doubt. He follows the life of an intellectual highly concerned about the war, a cultivated man with German friends, and the dreadful effects of the development of the was on his family and his own psychological stability.

He tells the story with a distance which suggests that he is not sure that he himself (since the story is partly autobiographical) made the right choices.
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A little known but fascinating novel set in the years before and during th first world war .Especially good on how the world stumbled into catastrophe. And on the torment and grief of those whose sons were doing the fighting
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H G Wells builds in us a long, slow fondness and real love for characters, seemingly real people, and then he teaches us about war. The slow patient wait, the intolerable uselessness of ourselves, the news that might be ours or someone else's or nobody's. He teaches us about the futility and about the total illogical in comprehensive nature of war through the character's struggles with its.

It doesn't end. Wells doesn't give us the final phases of the war. He leaves us with Letty's joy, Mr Brittling's grief and hope, Cissie's fear and Mr Direck's uncertain fate. It's a difficult, slow book that's very much worth the read.
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Next year we commemorate, or mourn, the centenary of the outset of World War One. Much will be written about the origins of war, the sacrifice of youth, the foolishness of kings, the sheer waste. But this novel captures so much of the essence of that conflict and the hopes for a better future the war kindled. Reading the insights of Wells reminds us how far we are from abolishing the need for war and how far short the ideal of World government has fallen. Mankind is still muddled in bloodshed, much to Wells' astonishment.
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Format: Hardcover
For Mr Britling, eccentric and vivacious writer, the summer of 1914 consisted of long, hot days and luxurious house parties with a host of international guests to entertain him. And when he tired of this, he hopped across the channel where his devoted mistress was patiently waiting. But all this was about to change as Germany began marching into Belgium and Europe no longer provided the easy diversion he had so enjoyed.
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