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Reached For the Sky but missed.,
This review is from: Flying Colours: The Epic Story of Douglas Bader (Wordsworth Military Library) (Paperback)
In two hundred and ninety interminable pages, Ladddie Lucas tells the extraordinary story of his friend Douglas Bader's life. Like a film with only one memorable character, the book is fine as long as Bader is on the page. Mr Lucas unfortunately devotes endless space to describe the machinations of various characters in the Air Ministry as well as the comings and goings of the faceless executives of Shell Oil, a company that Mr Lucas appears to want to work for, so fulsome is his praise. Paul Brickhill's original biography, Reach For the Sky does a much better job of telling the bare bones of Douglas Bader's amazing life. It is obvious that Mr Lucas has taken great pains not to simply reiterate the well-known facts, but by not doing so he seems to plays down much of what Douglas Bader was about. The gripping nature of the subject saves this book from faltering completely but the flat, dull chapters about long-forgotten disputes in the corridors of power, and the somewhat turgid prose style left this reader underwhelmed.