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Over There: War Scenes on the Western Front

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 10th 2009 by BiblioLife (first published July 8th 1915)
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Philip
Over There: War Scenes On The Western Front by Arnold Bennett clearly sets out to offer a mildly propagandist view of the First World War. Within a few pages of the start of its survey of sites of recent action in France and Belgium, we have learned that - apparently immutably - on the one hand France and its culture represent just about the pinnacle of human achievement, while on the other everything German is barbaric, aggressive and wantonly destructive. But by the end of the book, even Arnol ...more
Josh Hamacher
A fascinating little volume. Bennett was apparently a prolific English author of some repute at the turn of the century; I had never heard of him but according to Wikipedia he's only recently receiving any critical respect.

This book is his personal account of a visit to several portions of the French and Belgian fronts in world war one. He rather vividly describes the destruction and conditions of the troops. While he is clearly biased (he eventually became the Director of Propaganda for France
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Mike
Some journalistic takes on how the early days of the war looked to an English civilian visiting the front near Ypres. Nice observation and good writing. A little early for the horrors that were later to come although the casualties are played down and the barbaric shelling of towns played up, for home consumption. Bennett is a good enough writer allowing you to read between the lines of the necessary propaganda approach.
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Enoch Arnold Bennett (always known as Arnold Bennett) was one of the most remarkable literary figures of his time, a product of the English Potteries that he made famous as the Five Towns. Yet he could hardly wait to escape his home town, and he did so by the sheer force of his ambition to succeed as an author. In his time he turned his hand to every kind of writing, but he will be remembered for ...more
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