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on 9 December 2016
A blast from the past, painting a picture of genteel country life in the first decade of the 20th Century and the run up to the Great War. First book in Sassoon's trilogy The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston, which tracks his life through the war and out the other side. An important book giving insight into the impact of war on ordinary life and well worth a read.
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on 18 May 2014
This is a gorgeous book. It's an incredible portrait of a very particular time in England that's been lost to the ages, of young men who had incredible freedom, of a country idyll that I don't think has been known for generations. Even if you've never so much as seen a hunt, this is worth reading (although you might need a glossary of hunting and horsey terms) as an elegy to an England gone. The last few chapters, clearly written from Sassoon's own experiences in the trenches of Northern France are utterly heartbreaking and in such stark contrast to the rollicking fun over rolling hills that it's hard to believe the experiences came from the same heart and the same pen. Highly recommended.
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on 20 September 2015
First read this over forty years ago,
An England swept away in 1914 written with honesty by someone who could have returned a hero but threw it away like his millatry cross in a later book.
I recommend this is read in conjunction with Robert Graves "Good by to all that" another casualty of the war.
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on 9 October 2015
A curious way of life which was curtailed by the outbreak of WW1. The young Sassoon pursues his obsession with fox-hunting, to the exclusion of any career or other interest, by careless mis-management of his very limited finances. An unusual insight into the life of a middle-class Edwardian.
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on 17 April 2017
A jolly good read
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on 26 November 2015
This book captures the authors childhood experiences brilliantly, with vivid descriptions of a young gentleman's rural life in late Victorian and Edwardian England. Also, it will amuse anyone who has ever hunted, particularly his opening meet, when they think back to their first time. All in all a ball beltingly good read.
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on 28 March 2016
Brilliant book about fox hunting at tte time of the first world war
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on 30 March 2013
Siegfried Sassoon is in my view a great writer and poet whose works should be required reading for students of history and English but also for anyone who seeks an insight into the horrors of war.This first book of the trilogy and all three should be read leads us through the early life of George Sherston until we see his entry into the infantry . A well written book and in my view a classic of English literature.
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on 26 October 2015
A wonderful novel and painful in its evocations.
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on 9 May 2014
In many ways the least good of Sassoon's three novels from around the time of the First world War, but still a masterful evocation of the period
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