Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man

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Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man

Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man

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The little thar made it, told from the point of view of a logistics officer rather than from that of a man in combat, is enough to prod us into sanctifying diplomacy, talks and dialogue above all else. Before embarking on Fox-Hunting Man, Sassoon wrote: "A few pages of Proust have made me wonder whether insignificant episodes aren't the most significant". But he clearly wants to root their power in this long, dreamy remembrance of pre-war country life, so that we all understand what was lost. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The air was Elysian with early summer and the early shadows of steep white clouds were chasing over the orchards and meadows; sunlight sparkled on green hedgerows that had been drenched by early morning showers. The Flower-Show Match", an account of an annual village cricket match – an important fixture for those involved – in which young Sherston plays a significant part, was later published separately by Faber as a self-contained story. I expected to find the fox hunting part of the book dull and perhaps even offensive - it's a practice not to modern tastes for reasons of elitism and cruelty - but was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. All of this Edwardian badinage only makes it the more painful when he sees his cosy world come crashing down with the outbreak of the First World War, a narrative intrusion that is carefully held off until near the end of the book.And when the war arrives, it is a brutal cut, suddenly transporting the reader into what seems to be a different novel. Sassoon's first novel, though rife with comic characters and a jaunty sense of storytelling, presents his own loss of innocence and the destruction of the country he knew and loved. George Sherston is a university drop out without a job who has no intention of working or going back to Cambridge. An uncommonly handsome set of Sassoon's celebrated World War I trilogy, one of the great classics of English literature (Fox-Hunting Man was awarded both the Hawthornden Prize and the James Tait Black Prize). One of the most feeling, though still poignantly understated, episodes is when Sherston loses a friend he had only met after enlisting and with whom he had managed to get posted to the same battalion: Once the chaplain’s words were obliterated by a prolonged burst of machine-gun fire; when he had finished a trench-mortar ‘cannister’ fell a few hundred yards away, spouting the earth up with a crash.

Included is a 4 1/2 x 7 inch loose page of hand-laid paper with ink sketches of WWI officers, which was in this book when we bought it. Previously from the library of British politician and diplomat Duff Cooper whose large bookplate (designed by Rex Whistler, incorporating a bust of Cooper's wife, Lady Diana, as Artemis) is on the upper pastedown. It won both the Hawthornden Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, being immediately recognised as a classic of English literature. I also choose that passage because it might be seen as characteristic of Sassoon's longing for the past, his unwillingness to progress into the modern age. Faber Members get access to live and online author events and receive regular e-newsletters with book previews, promotional offers, articles and quizzes.From the collection of David Levine, Sydney, with his book label on verso of the upper free endpaper. Sherston's life is gloriously free from worry or responsibility, but there's a dark cloud on the horizon; we can see it getting ever closer as the years advance towards 1914, but Sherston is blissfully unaware. Home to William Golding, Sylvia Plath, Kazuo Ishiguro, Sally Rooney, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Max Porter, Ingrid Persaud, Anna Burns and Rachel Cusk, among many others, Faber is proud to publish some of the greatest novelists from the early twentieth century to today.

Provides an endearing account of the end of life in rural England followed by a gritty account of the trenches in WWI. One of the most obvious symptoms of this ambivalence about the new world is Sassoon's dislike of modernism in literature. They began collecting Sassoon's work prior to meeting him, but after he began his love affair with Tennant in the 1920s, they became regular correspondents, and Sassoon would gift them inscribed copies of his work. These memories of halcyon days sustain Sassoon as he fights the mud, the Germans, and the creeping fear of insanity. Quite clean interior with 296 untrimmed pages; and illustrated by William Nicholson with 7 black and white plates of which most have a rather frayed tissue guard, and further drawings in the text.Pat Barker's 'Regeneration' trilogy closely follows some parts of Sassoon's life, and are very worth reading to understand the nature of the counselling process, if you are interested. Fricourt was successfully taken, and on the 4th July the First Battalion moved up to the front line to attack Mametz Wood. Overall, and rare and desirable edition of Sassoon's prose work, with touches that make for a scarce copy. This novel is a fictionalised account of Sassoon's experiences during and immediately following the First World War; it was an instant success, eclipsing his earlier work, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, and remains a literary classic of the period.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. Sure he can get away with this because he has an income and his aunt, who he still lives with, covers his expenses anyway. On the other hand it can be seen as an indictment (knowing or otherwise) of the generally indolent and purposeless lives of the idle rich before an entire generation was nearly decimated. He really is such a likable young man that you can’t help but be infected by his inner thoughts and concerns, no matter how trivial they appear when you examine them from a wider context.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Ultimately everything leads to the final two sections and his enlistment in the army as WWI looms unexpectedly from out of the quiet pastoral background in which he has been snuggly swaddled up to this point.



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