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David Holbrook's remarkable autobiographical novel was first published in 1966, and immediately received high praise from critics. "The Times Educational Supplement" declared that it is, 'one of the few war novels that is conceived on the same plane as Wilfred Owen's war poems' while the "Daily Telegraph" said that, 'Mr Holbrook's evocations of tension, shock, fear and the ...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Cimino Publishing Group
(first published 1966)
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A good read for the reader interested in a very personal emotive account of a short war experience for a boy who was changed very quickly into a emotionally and physically scared veteran a few weeks after the D Day landings in his Tank. It differs because it covers quite a few months while he was at university and his first serious love affair, this gives you a deeper and more personal connection with the writer in understanding him and he writes candidly of the mental trauma of the failure in h ...more
An interesting autobiographical account of a young tank officer's experiences before, during and after the D-Day landing in Normandy, June 1944. The writing is very descriptive and evocative - he expresses and describes his feelings when in combat and (for example) being on the receiving end of an artillery barrage - which must have been totally awful. The fear at times was debilitating. This is quite a read, into the mind of someone who was there and the profound changes this experience has apo ...more
David Holbrook was a British writer, poet and academic. Since 1989 he has been Emeritus Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge.More about David Holbrook...