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Goodbye to All That (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 28 Sep 2000
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'It is a permanently valuable work of literary art, and indispensable for the historian either of the First World War or of modern English poetry ... Apart, however, from its exceptional value as a war document, this book has also the interest of being one of the most candid self-portraits of a poet, warts and all, ever painted. The sketches of friends of Mr Graves, like T.E. Lawrence, are beautifully vivid.' --Times Literary Supplement --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Robert Graves was born in 1895 in Wimbledon. He went from school to the First World War, where he became a captain in the Royal Welch Fusiliers and was seriously wounded at the Battle of the Somme. He wrote his autobiography, Goodbye to All That, in 1929, and it was soon established as a modern classic. He died on 7 December 1985 in Majorca, his home since 1929.
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Graves hated Charterhouse ('from my first moment I suffered an oppression of spirit that I hesitate to recall in its full intensity') and describes how he learned to cope with the totally anti-intellectual values that prevailed. At Charterhouse success in games made the man: he considered cricket the most objectionable because it wasted the most time in the best part of the year. Fortunately boxing success gave Graves the necessary status to cope.
Graves did not suffer fools gladly, and he valued personal strengths - whether found in the so-called privileged or working classes. His honesty here is remarkable.
In his harrowing descriptions of life in the 1st World War trenches I found myself thinking rather along the lines of Black Adder - would I have gone readily 'over the top' (probably), or would I have shown the conspicuous bravery of Graves and many others? (probably not). Survival was a matter of luck, and Graves survived. 'We learned not to duck a rifle bullet because, once heard, it must have missed'. Graves explains that hardly one soldier in a hundred was inspired by religious feeling, even of the crudest kind; and they had little respect for Anglian regimental chaplains who were remarkably out of touch with their troops - they scuttled up to the front to do their job and quickly scuttled back again.
Graves pulled strings to get his own way, and his privileged background helped here.Read more ›
This book is an important account of an officer in the Royal Welch Fusiliers and his experiences of the Great War on the Western Front.
I read this book over a weekend I just could not put it down!
Anyone with an interest in WW1 who has read other books on the subject should read this book too!
A first class read.
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Surprisingly dispassionate, but immensely personal. Graves treats death as a companion in arms, always present, unexpected and random in his visits.Published 4 months ago by Mr. J. Davidson
I'd heard of "Goodbye To All That", of course, but never read it before. I'm not surprised it was controversial when first published, but the fact that it was and caused... Read morePublished 6 months ago by 2101bob
I am a retired English teacher but have never until now read this book. It blew me away! This was one of the most remarkable books I have ever read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mel Williams
The writing style and fluidity of prose is superlative and makes for a "modern" and surprisingiy easy read for what could be a gruelling and self indulgent subject. Read morePublished 6 months ago by The Padre