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Tolkien and the Great War by John Garth
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An incredible work, that almost makes me wish I had stayed an English major all those years ago. Although I have read Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, this book makes me want to work my way through the Silmarillion and the Book of Lost Tales--something I've been reluctant to do. Probably the best part of this book is not the extensive and detailed biography of Tolkien during the Great War years but the concluding essay which places Tolkien's work in the context of other Great War writers (Owen, Sassoon, et al) and the modernists that followed the war. A worthwhile read for those interested in the Great War, Middle Earth, or the general effect of war on literature.

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Reading Progress

October 6, 2011 – Started Reading
October 6, 2011 – Shelved
October 7, 2011 –
page 54
October 10, 2011 –
page 104
October 14, 2011 –
page 111
October 14, 2011 –
page 189
October 22, 2011 – Finished Reading

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