Review: THE MIDDLE PARTS OF FORTUNE by Frederic Manning

Matt’s Book Blog reviewed The Middle Parts of Fortune by Frederic Manning for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

The Middle Parts of Fortune (aka Her Privates We) is a WWI novel (or fictionalized memoir) that always appears on lists of Must-Read War Memoirs. Manning was an Australian who fought in the British army. He not only succeeds in conveying the horror and squalor in convincingly realistic detail, but also manages to present dispassionately the links between the individual performance of soldiers and their mutual responsibility.

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Review: HER PRIVATES WE by Frederic Manning

One Great War recently reviewed Her Privates We by Frederic Manning for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

In many ways, I think this is the British All Quiet on the Western Front in that it doesn’t go straight for the foom-whoosh-bang, but displays the boredom and confusion of life behind the lines, where the vast majority of soldiers’ time was spent. It’s a bit more stiff upper lip, and a bit less lost generation, but it’s ultimately a cathartic rewriting of Manning’s own war experiences.

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