The Middle Parts of Fortune Somme and Ancre
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 FortuneUser Review - Benjamin Brudner - Book Verdict
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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