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Diaries, 1915-1918 (The Sassoon Diaries #1)

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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 1st 1983 by Faber & Faber
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Courtney Johnston
I became fascinated by Siegfried Sassoon after reading Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy. Reading his diaries from the First World War gave me me even more of an insight into the nuances of this period.

Sassoon's diaries tend to swing between bucolic and nightmarish scenes. Fox hunting is interspersed with trench warfare. His time at Craiglockhart is obscured, but he is remarkably straightforward about his homosexuality (if only in terms of longing, not action). I find him a puzzling character, b
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Amy-beth Olver
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To really understand the horrors of the first world war this is the diary to get hold of. I read it at 18 and it still sticks with me and if i am able to ever get my hands on a copy for my own library i'd love to.
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The star rating has to say it all. Looking forward to reading the next volume.
The descriptive prose is second to none.
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Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, CBE was born into a wealthy banking family, the middle of 3 brothers. His Anglican mother and Jewish father separated when he was five. He had little subsequent contact with ‘Pappy’, who died of TB 4 years later. He presented his mother with his first ‘volume’ at 11. Sassoon spent his youth hunting, cricketing, reading, and writing. He was home-schooled until the age of ...more
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