A Moment of War (Penguin Modern Classics)

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A Moment of War (Penguin Modern Classics)

A Moment of War (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Nice copy of the third title in the author's autobiographical Cider with Rosie trilogy, recounting his experiences in the Spanish Civil War in 1937. I didn’t need hideous descriptions of brutal battles, but something more than him getting constantly imprisoned but never really minding, travelling around again at others behest, doing menial tasks and meeting other ‘soldiers’ with whom he didn’t seem to have much of a relationship. This is the distorted reflection of A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls and Homage to Catalonia in a muddy puddle.

It was not written/ published until 1991, and thus is full of comments about how the Spanish Civil War can be seen as the opening shots of the Second World War and is clearly written with the Republic’s forthcoming defeat in mind. It is simply misery and more misery, and it passes in a horrific fever dream (in a style reminiscent of Going After Cacciato).Then he is released and joins the International Brigades and bonks a beautiful woman within minutes of meeting her. You can unsubscribe from our list at any point by changing your preferences, or contacting us directly. It could have used some photos, and I think that Lee holds off on saying things that might make himself look bad, but the writing and story are superb.

He describes in detail all the other men collected there and then is seduced by Eulalia of the "long Spanish-Indian" eyes.This is, then, where A Moment of War starts as he is briefly taken in by a family and then promptly arrested as a spy. The train took 24 hours to get to Valencia, that is to say, they'd arrived there on the 25th day of the journey. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. The book does not deserve even one star, unless we classify as a word of fiction, not even a historical novel.

This is the story of his experiences as a Republican soldier, fighting for the losing side in a doomed war. He has some very near misses, and the impression that you get from the Spanish is that they were not particularly enamoured about having soldiers of other nationalities there, as this was an internal fight that they had to go through. Lee experiences five minutes of battle in the entire book; the rest is the curious sequence of sneaking into Spain, being taken for a spy, twice, narrowly missing being executed, twice, and completely random, disorganized movement toward the front. Also, the idea of just walking away from everything stirred my wanderlust, even though I did little about it for many years.

A super copy of the third volume of the author's semi-autobiographical trilogy, preceded by 'Cider with Rosie' (1959) and 'As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning' (1969). For Laurie Lee, the success of his early memoir, "Cider With Rosie," published in 1959, was both a blessing and a curse. As I walked out, perhaps being my favoured of the three (and hence the 4 x stars for this particular book), but I still strongly recommend it, it is a brilliant, if dark book.

Firstly, there are very few sections where Lee’s prose gets a chance to shine here due to the subject of this book, so while the previous in the trilogy was slightly dull, it always had this going for it, which is much more (but not entirely) absent here and so isn’t able to carry the book’s weaker components. Perhaps only appearing more shocking on a backdrop of bullets and bombs than breezey Gloucestershire meadows and wine-soaked Spanish bars. To become a subscriber to Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader’s Quarterly Magazine, please visit our subscriptions page. Laurie Lee published four collections of poems: The Sun My Monument (1944), The Bloom of Candles (1947), My Many-Coated Man (1955) and Pocket Poems (1960). In spite of our heavy sleep and grunting longing for more, some of us began to love that awakening, the crystal range of the notes stroking the dawn's silence and raising one up like a spirit.Aged 23 Laurie Lee crosses into Spain, to fight alongside other volunteers in the International Brigade, against Franco and his Nationalist army. It is beautifully written with wonderful descriptions of the freezing countryside, but I have awarded it only three stars as I am not fond of war books, but read it as it is the final part of a trilogy.

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