Review: THE BEAUTY AND THE SORROW: AN INTIMATE HISTORY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR by Peter Englund, translated by Peter Graves

Diary of an Eccentric recently read and reviewed The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War by Peter Englund, translated by Peter Graves for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s a snippet:

Its structure also makes it difficult to follow.  Rather than tell the story of each person separately, Englund divides the book into sections, one for each year from 1914 to 1918, and assembles their diaries, journals, and letters chronologically so that there is a constant shift from one individual to another.  If there hadn’t been a list of the individuals at the beginning of the book, I would have been completely lost; I was constantly flipping back and forth to keep track.

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