Siegfried Sassoon's Memoirs of an Infantry Officer is a classic of WW1 fiction. Largely based on Sassoon's real-life experiences, it is a detailed account of one soldier's life in the trenches of France. It recounts, in the guise of Sassoon's alter-ego, George Sherston, Sassoon's transition from the eagerly patriotic "happy warrior" to the angry anti-war poet (although Sherston is denied the experience of being a poet). The book recounts Sassoon's happy time spent at the Fourth Army School in Flixecourt, the loss of his friend "Dick Tiltwood" (Sassoon's pseudonym for David Thomas), his attempts at revenge on the Germans for Tiltwood's death and his decision to protest against the continuation of the War. The novel continues where "Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man" left off, and is the second of the Sherston trilogy. Although a fictional account of Sassoon's experiences, this book nevertheless presents a clear picture of what life was like for some of the soldiers on the Western Front.
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