The Middle Parts of Fortune Somme and Ancre

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Filiquarian Publishing, LLC., 2007 - Fiction - 388 pages
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War is waged by men; not by beasts, or by gods. It is a peculiarly human activity. To call it a crime against mankind is to miss at least half its significance; it is also the punishment of a crime. That raises a moral question, the kind of problem with which the present age is disinclined to deal. Perhaps some future attempt to provide a solution for it may prove to be even more astonishing than the last. While this book is a record of experience on the Somme and Ancre fronts, with an interval behind the lines, during the latter half of the year 1916; and the events described in it actually happened; the characters are fictitious. It is true that in recording the conversations, the men seemed at times to hear the voices of ghosts. Their judgments were necessarily partial and prejudiced; but prejudices and partialities provide most of the driving power of life.
 

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The Middle Parts of Fortune

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A favorite of Ernest Hemingway and William Boyd, this extremely autobiographical "novel" recounts Australian soldier Manning (or "Bourne") and his brotherhood of comrades' battle for survival in World ... Read full review

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Contents

Prefatory Note
5
Chapter I
7
Chapter II
23
Chapter III
33
Chapter IV
59
Chapter V
73
Chapter VI
101
Chapter VII
115
Chapter X
173
Chapter XI
193
Chapter XII
219
Chapter XIII
251
Chapter XIV
279
Chapter XV
307
Chapter XVI
327
Chapter XVII
345

Chapter VIII
133
Chapter IX
151
Chapter XVIII
363

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About the author (2007)

Frederic Manning was born in Sydney in 1882. In 1903 he joined Arthur Galton, a former tutor and lifelong friend, in his English vicarage, and set out on a literary career, publishing polite poetry, essays, reviews and stories. His subsequent experience in the army and in the appalling trench warfare at the Somme and at Ancre informed his great novel The Middle Parts of Fortune, which was published anonymously in 1929. Stripped of the profanities, an expurgated edition appeared in 1930 under the title Her Privates We. It became an immediate besteseller. Frederic Manning died in England in 1935.

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