Matt’s Book Blog reviewed The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge for the World War I Reading Challenge in 2012. Here’s an excerpt:
Told from five points of view, The Birthday Boys describes the decisions and rivalries that doomed the men on the expedition to the Pole. Out of a misguided sense of honor and lack of common-sense, Scott decides in favor of going on foot instead of harnessing dog teams. And the followers, out of duty, carried out their orders. The courage that makes them heroes also leads to their lonely deaths in their tents in Antarctica. It brings to mind the First World War, when donkey generals sent men over the top into No Man’s Land without ever seeming to learn that hammering the enemy was rough on the hammer.
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