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Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves
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Jun 01, 10

Read in May, 2010

This is another book that has been on my to read list for a long time. Although it is a memoir of the famous British author's life up to about age thirty, the bulk of the book concentrates on his World War I experience. In graphic detail he describes life in the trenches, with its water, mud, rats, cold, and putrifying bodies, among other things. He also recounts the often meaningless attacks or "shows" that resulted in equally meaningless deaths. He was wounded at least twice and it seems that most of those who served with him were killed. No wonder he experienced what today we would call PTSD and by the end of the war had virtually lost faith in his country and mankind. Not surprisingly, a few years later he said goodbye to England and moved to Portugal.
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