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Now All Roads Lead To France by Matthew Hollis
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Aug 01, 2012

it was amazing
Read from August 01 to 28, 2012

This is my first review for Goodreads and I am still at the early stage of reading this book, but I am totally entranced. I'm not sure why. I am not a keen poetry reader and the man himself, Edward Thomas, is not the most appealing of people. I was drawn to it from reading Robert Mcfarlane's The Old Ways ( which is a must read in itself) since Thomas, the walker and poet, is the major inspiration for the book. The appeal probably lies in the (wrongly) romantic atmospheric appeal of Edwardian London and the story of a tortured mind. There is also the friendship of Thomas with Robert Frost which has yet to fully unravel in my progress through the book so far. More than anything though it is the initial setting for the biography in the opening of the first Poetry Bookshop in Bloomsbury by Herbert Munro in 1913 that catches the imagination. Whatever, this is a haunting biography. Reading it has also demonstrated the wonders of the Internet. The biographer, himself a poet, explains the two competing different schools of poetry of the time - the Imagists and the Georgians - and their contemporary publications of Des Imagistes and Poetry and Drama. Amazingly, a quick google search found PDF versions to download! Through them it is easy to be transport back to London in the year before the 'Great War'. PS A collection of Edward Thomas's poetry is available for a very reasonable price. My copy is on the Kindle. Maybe I will become a poetry lover!
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08/03/2012 "Chapter 54 - 3 rd August."

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Brian Robbins Enjoyed reading your review Ken. I was drawn to read this through heavily abridged reading on radio 4s Book of the Week, and by Macfarlane's Old Ways. Both of them really good reads.

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