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Les Croix de bois

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Les Croix de bois, chef-d’œuvre de Roland Dorgelès, engagé volontaire, est un témoignage exceptionnel sur la Grande Guerre. Avec un réalisme parfois terrible mais toujours d'une généreuse humanité, la vie des tranchées nous est décrite dans toute son horreur et aussi sa bouffonnerie, son quotidien et ses moments exceptionnels.
Mass Market Paperback, 273 pages
Published June 1975 by Le Livre de Poche (first published 1919)
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Luke McCallin
Jun 16, 2014 Luke McCallin rated it really liked it
One of the most powerful novels about the First World War I've read, all the more so for its immediacy to the events and the fact its author was a veteran of the French Army. The book is unmitigatingly grim, there is little or no salvation to be found, and the only pleasures the soldiers take--rest, recuperation, food, drinks, horseplay, idle chat--are in each other's company as no one else can possibly understand them. One of the most powerful memories I took from the book is how 'un-soldierlik ...more
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May 05, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone serious about WWI fiction and/or memoirs.
Recommended to David by: I wish I remembered
A wonderful book. I did not read this edition -- actually had the 1921 edition published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, which is 400 pages. Entered info to get that edition listed, but hasn't turned up so far.

Wooden Crosses is a must-read for anyone serious about WWI fiction and/or memoirs. It is one of the earliest novels to come out of the war and, I think, one of the best. It is far better than Under Fire, by Henri Barbusse, written during the war and said to be the first WWI novel. In any event, I'd
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Un livre très poignant sur la guerre des tranchées, qui débute comme une promenade, et qui, petit à petit, s'enfonce dans l'horreur, dans l'absurdité de certaines situations, mais qui, de temps en temps, nous plonge dans des petits bonheurs d'une forte intensité car tellement brefs.

«C'est le petit matin. Il n'y a pas longtemps que le jour a fini sa toilette. L'herbe est encore toute mouillée» (page 48)

«Depuis la mort de Noivry, il était arrivé deux lettres à son nom. On aurait pu les retourner a
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Jul 29, 2016 Lola rated it it was amazing
Un livre qu'on se doit de lire pour lutter contre l'oubli des tranchées. Tout est extrêmement détaillé, les conditions de vies, le regard des civils sur les soldats, l'espoir de rentrer chez soi qui s'envole, et surtout la vision des camarades mourants à qui on plante une croix de bois en leur souvenir. Toutefois j'ai ressenti certaines longueurs (sans que ça m'empêche de terminer le livre assez vite).
Une écriture toute en poésie qui contraste avec l'argot des poilus.
La fin est mémorable...
Anne Marie
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Un des plus beau livres écrit su la première guerre mondiale
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I'm so glad my favourite character didn't die.
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Lecture obligatoire en cours d'Histoire en classe de 3e. Ce récit prend aux tripes et Dorgelès arrive à nous emmener avec son régiment dans les tranchées. Glaçant.
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Roland Dorgelès (15 June 1885 – 18 March 1973) was a French novelist and a member of the Académie Goncourt.

Born in Amiens, Somme, under the name Roland Lecavelé (he adopted the pen name Dorgelès to commemorate visits to the spa town of Argelès), he spent his childhood in Paris.

A prolific author, he is most renowned for the Prix Femina-winning Wooden crosses ("Les croix de bois"), a moving study of
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