Kathy Petersen's Reviews > Quartered Safe Out Here: A Recollection of the War in Burma

Quartered Safe Out Here by George MacDonald Fraser
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Jul 22, 2008

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I don't know anything about the war (WWII) in Burma, but I've certainly seen references in British novels. That's why I read Fraser's memoir. Of course it's more about him and his philosophy of life than about the war in Burma or Burma itself. That's okay because he wrote it well.

War is not only hell; it's immoral and obscene. But I try to appreciate other views and to honor the armed services people who are, so they presumably believe, fighting for me and for freedom. Though I would disagree strongly with some of Fraser's conservative, even jingoistic viewpoints, I in some measure sympathize.

One other note: I dislike writing in dialect, mainly, I suppose, because it requires more concentration to read it. But Fraser really does it with style and a good ear, and I found it worth the effort.
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