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The Penguin Book of First World War Stories

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An illuminating anthology of World War I fiction by some of England's best- known writers

This new collection of short stories about World War I features works by such famous British authors as Joseph Conrad, W. Somerset Maugham, Arthur Conan Doyle, John Buchan, Rudyard Kipling, D. H. Lawrence, John Galsworthy, Radclyffe Hall, Katherine Mansfield, Robert Graves, Muriel Spa
Paperback, 401 pages
Published October 25th 2007 by Penguin Classics
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Feb 14, 2015 umberto rated it liked it
I’ve decided to read these 25 short stories depicting the impact of World War I, the Great War, by their writers with different stature and fame, thinking it would be boringly formidable if I simply keep reading respectively from No. 1 (Arthur Machen, ‘The Bowmen’) to No. 25 (Julian Barnes, ‘Evermore’). One of the reasons is that I prefer reading stories written by those familiar writers (as listed on my mind from my reading exploration) whose style and wording should encourage my understanding ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Manish rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories, wwi, 2014
This anthology is strictly a British one. Only the British experience of the war is captured here. Divided into four sections namely – Front, Spies & Intelligence, At Home and In Retrospect, the collection provided some interesting perspectives on the Great War that were new to me.

Julian Barnes for instance writes: “She hated Hitler’s war for diminishing the memory of the Great War, for allotting it a number, the mere first among two. And she hated the way in which the Great War was held res
Apr 17, 2008 Marjanne rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes history and/or war stories
This was a collection of short stories written about WWI, and I wish I could give it a 3.5 stars. I liked that the stories were divided up into four sections: Front, Spies and Intelligence, At Home, and In Retrospect. Primarily I picked up this book because I like history and it is too easy to forget WWI, it always seems to get over shadowed by more recent conflicts. My favorite story was "Blind" by Mary Borden, however there were several that I liked and almost all of them were interesting. Mos ...more
Aug 11, 2012 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: drama, war
as with any collection of short stories the quality of these varies. Some are brilliant, beautiful and moving, some are less wonderful. Worth reading the collection, if only to contrast those written by combatants and those written by later authors.
Aravind P
A good collection of First world war stories, gives a good glimpse of the war that was believed to be the end of all wars. The study and cultural representation of Great war could be considered as the beginning of anti-war movements.
Tomgirl deni
Jun 09, 2014 Tomgirl deni rated it really liked it
A fascinating anthology, just read the authors I was most familiar with as very heavily requested. So will be ordering it again. Some of my favourites were as I say by authors I was familiar with, and I liked the way the book was split into sections.
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Jun 07, 2015 Carolyn Fagan rated it really liked it
Excellent! Read as background for WWI book group at my public library.
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