Biography of Cyril Connolly.(editor, essayist, author & biographer)
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W.H.Auden wrote to Connolly "I think your 'Enemies of PromisBiography of Cyril Connolly.(editor, essayist, author & biographer)
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W.H.Auden wrote to Connolly "I think your 'Enemies of Promise' is the best English book of (literary) criticism since the war (WW2)and more than Eliot or Edmund Wilson you really write about writing in the only way which is interesting to anyone except academics, as a real occupation like banking or fucking with all it's attendant egotism, boredom, excitement and terror". (Connolly wrote his novel "Enemies of Promise" in 1938.
11.10.2013 1 of 22 books for $10 (fill a bag)...more
I've given it 4 stars because it's a good story, a good tale woven around some historical facts, but not always good writing ~ the character RosamundI've given it 4 stars because it's a good story, a good tale woven around some historical facts, but not always good writing ~ the character Rosamund to me is underdeveloped, and why go and spoil a great tale with wanton sexual aerobics in a hammock?. Otherwise I loved the questing / exploration themes; Lou Lu the Ming eunuch for his politics and Popple for his black rose obsession. The ending came about too quickly with somewhat pat resolutions to certain characters but if not for the hammock scenes is forgivable as it reads like a fairy tale of sorts. ...more
Excellent story of little known dangerous WWII air missions, 14 Dec 2000 By An Amazon Customer This review is from: Even the Birds Were Walking: The StoExcellent story of little known dangerous WWII air missions, 14 Dec 2000 By An Amazon Customer This review is from: Even the Birds Were Walking: The Story of Wartime Meteorological Reconnaissance (Hardcover) This is a well researched account of many little known air operations in WWII, which demanded the unceasing courage and skill of inexperienced aircrew to overcome the joint threats of the enemy and the weather. Many gallant British, Allied and US flyers lost their lives in providing weather data from the Atlantic and from over enemy territory in order to provide RAF and USAAF aircrew with essential route forecasts.
The technical qualifications of the authors lend weight to their account of how long range Meteorological Reconnaissance sorties started from amateurish beginnings at the start of the first year of the war to providing fulltime professional backup to strategic air operations.
The dry historical research is interspersed with personal reminiscences, both chilling and anecdotal, by some of those who took part in these missions. A stark picture is given of long tedious flights, culminating in difficult 'box' climbs which called for concentrated instrument flying when cloud and low temperatures often gave rise to the additional problems of engine and wing icing. Many aircraft failed to return for reasons unknown but were probably lost because of the weather in mid-Atlantic.
Despite shortages of aircrews and suitable aircraft, the book shows that good leadership and team spirit provided the morale which made it possible for the Met Flights and Squadrons to meet the daily challenge of transmitting 'live' the vital weather conditions to the Met Office when 'even when the birds were walking'
The authors have left it 50 years late to write this revealing story. This has inevitably meant that many of the personal accounts have been recorded by elderly ex-aircrew drawing on long forgotten incidents. Their detail is thus a little vague compared with hard facts obtained from the researched wartime records. The wisdom of the powers-that-were at the beginning of the war to make it mandatory for all RAF stations, squadrons and other flying units to maintain daily Air Historical Records is shown to great advantage.
Peter Rackliff, as a founder member of the select Met Air Observer section of the General Duties Branch, has brought his experience to bear in using this historical material to paint a vivid picture of how the 1940 vision of Eric Kraus eventually became the subject of a congratulatory D-Day signal from Winston Churchill to the CO of No 518 Met Squadron RAF.
This book is a must for anyone interested in flying....more
Yeah! I liked Johnson Beharry (Bee) very much. An unassuming likeable & simple guy who truly deserved his VC. Read it. Educational in that beforeYeah! I liked Johnson Beharry (Bee) very much. An unassuming likeable & simple guy who truly deserved his VC. Read it. Educational in that before this I had not known much about Grennada, in the Caribbean. A very accessible war biography. ...more
Well right now a full review will have to wait as I am knee deep in practice exercises in cataloguing and i am sneaking a short break. However I was mWell right now a full review will have to wait as I am knee deep in practice exercises in cataloguing and i am sneaking a short break. However I was most inspired and excited the more I read of Annie Hawes adventures of living in Liguria (Italy). I think I have chanced upon some solutions to my home renovation problems (we are still living post 2007 flood conditions). While the roof doesn't leak anymore everything needs repainting and it seems lime is the answer. What a incredible thing Lime is!. Lime out of the ground that is, not the tree, (although Lime fruit has it's uses too). Lime wash for walls - exterior and interior and your floors and furniture. Purify your natural water supply!. there is a lot in the book about olive production and traditional methods and I would love to plant an olive tree but don't have the space where I live and not sure I could wait the 15 years needed to fruit. Still foodies will love the descriptions of preparing traditional Italian food as Annie learns from the locals. There's a wealth of Italian superstitions surrounding olives and food and many have surprising health benefits. Well my break was too short... finish this later.... ...more
"Youth" is a portrait of an artist as a young man - struggling to find his way. Maybe I will just start with a quote;
"At 18 he might have been a poet."Youth" is a portrait of an artist as a young man - struggling to find his way. Maybe I will just start with a quote;
"At 18 he might have been a poet. Now he is not a poet, not a writer, not an artist. He is a computer programmer, a 24year old computer programmer in a world where there are (yet) no 30 year old computer programmers. At 31 he is too old to be a programmer: one turns oneself into something else - some kind of businessman - or shoots oneself" Coetzee.
Darn. I have 7 foolscap pages of handwritten notes I made while reading. Somehow have to condense it. I will return to this.
************************************************************************ Review in progress / feeling too sick to write reviews too fast between coughing. This was excellent though. Want to read more of Coetzee. Recommend this for would be writers, poets or anyone really who is sucking on their misery / dark night of the soul stuff.
btw excuse slashes / as punctuation, my keyboard is cracking up in sympathy with my lungs. Delete, hyphen and various other keys not working.
Library borrow. Just discovered this author last night and found this slim volume on my college library shelves today. I am trying to expand the range of authors I'm reading so this is kind of like a test drive. ...more