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Remembering WW2 and how little changes.
on 2 February 2010
I think I read this long ago but had forgotten both the content and the message. Seeing the film recently, with its inevitable gaps in the action, invoked the need to re-read. This is not high drama but the characters are richly varied and and fascinating. This particular edition is such a pleasure to handle - a "proper" book with a long and detailed foreword which explains so much of Evelyn Waugh's reaction to his wartime experience and the utter chaos, confusion and the comical cock-ups of the management of WW2. How did we ever survive it all? Perhaps just because most of us were totally unaware of how unco-ordinated and incompetent some of the movers and shakers actually were. A few great heroes and leaders and untold numbers of hard working, conscientious human beings obeying orders, all of them being messed up by idiots in high places. I suppose that is how wars have always been and ever will be - until human nature grows up.