Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat

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Little, Brown Book Group, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 246 pages
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This is a book about men and war. Not real conflict but war as it has filtered down to generations of boys and men through toys, comics, games, and movies. Harry Pearson belongs to the great battalion of men who grew up playing with toy soldiers--refighting World War II--and then stopped growing up. Inspired by the photos of the gallant pilot uncles that decorated the wall above his father's model-making table, by toys such as Action Man (according to Pearson--not a doll) and board games such as Escape from Colditz, dressed in Clarks' commando shoes and with the Airfix Army in support, he battled in the fields and on the beaches, in his head and on the living room floor, and across his bedroom ceiling. And 30 years later he still is. This hilariously self-deprecating memoir is a celebration of those glory days, a boy's own story of the urge to play, to conquer, and to adopt very bad German accents, shouting "Donner und Blitzen!" at every opportunity. This is a tale of obsession, glue, and plastic kits. It is the story of one boy's imaginary war and where it led him.

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User Review  - MiaCulpa - LibraryThing

Reading Pearson's previous tomes (about Belgium, soccer, English country fairs and the like) did not ready me for the discovery that he was a miniature figure war gamer. I never ventured into ... Read full review


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About the author (2008)

Harry Pearson is a journalist who contributes regularly to The Guardian and GQ and the author of Around the World by Mouse, Racing Pigs and Giant Marrows, and A Tall Man in a Low Land.

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