All Our Yesterdays

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Harper & Brothers, 1930 - World War, 1914-1918 - 443 pages
This book is in five parts: part one is the year 1900, part two 1908, part three 1914, part four is titled 'War!', and part five is the years 1916 to 1919. A group of young men are followed through the book: the unnamed narrator; Jack and Charley Bolt, and their father 'Old Bolt'; and Jim Maynard. However, the book is written in scenes rather than being character- or plot-driven, and moves between 1st person and 3rd person narratives. The first part focuses on the London docks, where Old Bolt works, and Fleet Street, where Charley Bolt enters journalism. The Boer War is discussed. The second part follows Maynard on an expedition in to the jungles of South America. Part 3 describes the prelude to war. Part 4 follows Maynard and the narrator to France as journalists reporting on the war. Part 5 is in the trenches with Jack Bolt. Finally the war ends and we return to the 1st person perspective of our journalist narrator. The perspective is strongly anti-war throughout, with particular criticism of the War Office high command.

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