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A book to read and reread with enjoyment,
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This review is from: The Great War and Modern Memory (Galaxy Books) (Paperback)
..This book is singly, the most important resource for Historians and Literature teachers that you are likely to find. The literary criticism is impeccable: sensitive and rooted in a firm knowledge of the detail. The history is full of anecdote and overview (look at the bit on postcards from the front, for example) that bring the whole topic alive. This book has been a resource for my teaching for fifteen years. It is central to an understanding of how the whole of first world war poetry sprang from a tradition, already articulated by Hardy and Housman. In literary terms, Fussell argues, it was a war waiting to happen...Fussell is a major scholar, but the book comes across as deeply personal, full of sad reflection on war and what it means for a culture and a literary tradition. It demands careful reading.