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Undertones of War

But he also recounts the lighter moments of life behind the lines, so the book is not an unrelieved story of death and destruction. This page was last edited on 27 Octoberat Author Blunden, Edmund, Preview — Undertones of Edmudn by Edmund Blunden. I’m not yet finished reading this stunning masterpiece, but I am confident in wqr halfway through Blunden’s book is the absolute pinnacle of what any sort of memoir, be it war or what have you, should be.

Jun 24, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: I’ve read a number of first hand accounts of what the uncertones was like and I canno An astonishing book. It requires attention and concentration to read – skim readers beware. No trivia or quizzes yet.

There is no similar treatment in literature of the battle of Amiens.

It’s curious how intensely some writers, especially poets, respond to place. What happened to the survivors of the First World War when they returned home?

On the evidence of this book alone, you’d be forgiven at times for thinking that Third Ypres was an altercation of angry farmers; and when, laconically describing a direct hit on his dugout, Blunden passes over the wounded to note especially the presence of three confused fieldmice at the entranceway, you feel you are getting the essence of the writer.


In all a very powerful, compelling and personal account. However, ‘Undertones of War’ is a lovely read, and provides more insight into the fo ‘Undertones of War’ is a memoir esmund Edmund Blunden, based on his experiences in France and Belgium from late to early He returned to England as magazine editor, and in he became a tutor at Oxford University where his writing career flourished.

This book is a truly excellent overview of World War I and how it changed English thought and literature. This is the prose of a writer aware of literary developments.

Paul Fussell has called Undertones of War an “extended elegy in prose,” [3] and critics have commented on its lack of central narrative.

A slippery, allusive memoir of the Western Front which resists easy appreciation nowadays — many of its cool ironies and oblique descriptions are, one suspects, aimed more at contemporaries who knew what he was talking about than at future generations struggling to work it out.

Blunden off always hoped for a properly illustrated edition of the work, and kept a folder full of possible pictures. It reminds me of Wilfred Owen’s poetic comment that “I write of war and of the pity of war.

For Edmund Blunden, surviving the war was the easy part – Telegraph

It is more than a man should have to experience. It was written after the fact as he reviewed his diary and letters from the war. To me Undertones of War is a great book.

In death, as in life, the First World War was ever present. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. This memoir focused more of the page count on the author’s experiences in the trenches. Whistler was one of many artistic and literary greats Blunden met after the war. For the first time we can see the poet Blunden as the major figure he was. It shows you a lot of the problems that WW1 soldiers had to see, and deal with.


First Known When Lost: Edmund Blunden: Undertones of War

Thompson, Times Literary Supplement. While the experiences of the Somme and Third Ypres are covered at length, the action of – when the Allied armies won the war – is completely missing.

Particularly, it is from these, and the horribly self-serving War Memoirs of Lloyd Georgethat the Lions Underttones by Donkeys interpretation finds its primary evidence. Miraculously he was never severely injured. In what is one of the finest autobiographies to come out of the First World War, the distinguished poet Edmund Blunden records his experiences as an infantry subaltern in France and Flanders.

Mr Blundens experiences first wzr are engrossing, thought provoking and grossly enlightening. Published November 2nd by Penguin first published I am probably one of the ones who, the author himself predicts in his preface, would not understand. His memories of being on the receiving end of intense shelling, his forays to no mans land, and day to day live in the stench and filth of the trenches are fascinating.

He remained good friends with fellow poet Siegfried Sassoon, and during his career edited some of the first editions of Wilfred Owen and Ivor Gurney’s poetry contributing to their memory.