Death of a Hero

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Penguin, Feb 26, 2013 - Fiction - 368 pages
One of the great World War I antiwar novels—honest, chilling, and brilliantly satirical
 

Based on the author's experiences on the Western Front, Richard Aldington's first novel, Death of a Hero, finally joins the ranks of Penguin Classics. Our hero is George Winterbourne, who enlists in the British Expeditionary Army during the Great War and gets sent to France. After a rash of casualties leads to his promotion through the ranks, he grows increasingly cynical about the war and disillusioned by the hypocrisies of British society. Aldington's writing about Britain's ignorance of the tribulations of its soldiers is among the most biting ever published. Death of a Hero vividly evokes the morally degrading nature of combat as it rushes toward its astounding finish.

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The third part of this book is terrific war writing, capturing trench warfare in all its tedium and terror, and giving a desolate account of how "shell shock" ruined so many of the combatants ... Read full review

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Richard Aldington (1892–1962) was known as a translator, critic, biographer, and poet of distinction. He joined the British Army in 1916 and was wounded in 1918.

James H. Meredith, a retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel, is the introducer of the Penguin Classics editions of Paths of Glory by Humphrey Cobb and Bombs Away by John Steinbeck.

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