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The Diary of a Dead Officer brings together the private papers of Arthur Graeme West. First published posthumously in 1917, it presents a scathing picture of army life, and West's poems, which make up the fifth section of the book, serve as a powerful protest against the futility of war. Born in September 1891, West was a quiet, effacing and unathletic youth with a passion ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Greenhill Books (first published September 23rd 1991)
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John Arnette
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
War destroys a man's faith and turns his personal and political philosophy upside down.
Thom Swennes
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
The Diary of a Dead Officer by Arthur Graeme West is the personal account of a British officer in World War I. Born is 1891; Arthur West was twenty-four when he enlisted in the army as a private. He had applied for officer training but was refused due to poor eyesight. He went to France and fought in the trenches but returned to Britain to attend an officer training school in Scotland. Once this was completed he returned to France and the trenches only to be killed by a snipers bullet on April 3 ...more
JoAnn
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The diary of an British officer during WWI. I reread the intro after finishing the diary. I found refreshing myself on the facts after reading Arthur's words brought what he said into greater focus and left me with an even deeper impression of the impact of war on the individual fighting it.
I'm not sure how the individual who wrote the intro is related to Arthur, but is apparent they knew each other well. I disagree with his observence that Arthur didn't die heroically because a sniper's bullet
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Liewen
Très mauvaise édition (Forgotten books 1912), simple photocopie de l'édition originale et grosse confusion dans le classement des extraits : ordre chronologique pas toujours respecté, sans raison thématique évidente derrière. Dommage...

Le témoignage en lui-même est cependant passionnant, malgré sa brièveté, que ce soit les descriptions dans les tranchées, extrêmement brutes, les réflexions métaphysiques qui poussent Arthur Graeme West à l'athéisme, la formation pas toujours adaptée (cf partie II
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Fernanda
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
While most of what we know about WWI is related to heroic events, brave young men, and unequalled sacrifice not all the men at the front felt grand, and certainly their views changed as the war progressed....
Joseph Spuckler
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: british, war
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Peter J.
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Grahame is an outstanding writer but seems to lack meaning in his life, hence his death is all the more tragic.
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