War PoignantStraying from his usual fiction Sebastian Faulks has worked with Hope Wolf Produce An to produce an that beautifully portrays the different aspects of Great War from a variety of those involvedSo different from most books about t This anthology has some poignant letters diary entries and written accounts from both soldiers and civilians who were affected by the events of World War 1 As Sebastian Faulks writes in the introduction a century later it is still hard to appreciate the scale of what happened or to make sense of it I m struggling to review this book It s an awesome collection emotional heartbreaking and uplifting all at once BUT The sort of book you can only read a bit at a time Ever since school I ve been fascinated by the initial oh what a lovely war mind set followed by the slowly building contrast of despair I ve read a few collections of poetry set in ww1 but never so many letters from such a wide range of people The collection is well thought out and satisfying to read Students studying both Literature and History would benefit from such a collection I was given this book which was released to mark the centenary of the First World War It s a mixture of letters poems postcards occasional photos diary entries and memories and it s a really mixed bag Some of the pieces are fascinating others heart breaking or sickening some merely baffling and I wondered why such scant fragments had been included All in all if you ve never read anything about the Great War you will come away informed but if you are already reasonably well informed you are unlikely to learn much new A stunning and emotional read. N and TE Lawrence What unites them is a desire to express something of the horror the loss the confusion and the desire to help or to protest A Broken World is an original collection of personal and defining moments that offer an unprecedented insight into the Great War as it was experienced and as it was rememberedEdited by the bestselling author of Birdsong and Dr Hope Wolf this is an original and illuminating non fiction anthology of writing on the First World
Sebastian Faulks Þ 8 CHARACTERSA Broken World Letters Diaries and Memories of the Great War is a collection of writings edited by Sebastian Faulks and Hope Wolf that focus on personal experiences of those who lived through and endured World War I The first thing to praise is the great wealth of material and differing viewpoints that Faulks and Wolf provide A Broken World sources personal accounts from soldiers pacifists the women who were left behind and the refugees and these from all sides of the war The authors of the accounts are sometimes unknown even anonymous individuals but famous writers
Virginia Wolfe Stuart Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon are also represented There is a mix of the mundane and the intensely emotional accountsFaulks and Wolf have divided A Broken World into four parts taking this vast amount of material and dividing it into four separate categories These categories try to address what it was like to hear of the war from far away only able to imagine what it was really like the experiences had at close uarters by the soldiers how the war both divided and united nationalities and finally the sheer loss that resulted from the war that was supposed to end all warsThis is not an easy read It is staggeringly emotional a book of an ugly beauty and a beautiful agony It is a book to treasure of an ugly beauty and a beautiful agony It is a book to treasure learn about the war and how the war was experienced In his introduction Sebastian FaulksLike Virginia Wolfe Stuart
out the of the war and the great uestions it asks of us even today It is a vastness that cannot be contained compressed and represented in one book and the uestions cannot be answered But A Broken World does help us a hundred years. A lieutenant writes of digging through bodies that have the consistency of Camembert cheese; a mother sends flower seeds to her son at the Front hoping that one day someone may see them grow; a nurse tends a man back to health nowing he will be court martialled and shot as soon as he is fitIn this extraordinarily powerful and diverse selection of diaries letters and memories many of which have never been published before privates and officers seamen and airmen mun. After the beginning of the war to understand somewhat what happened and how its impact still rings through modern society Disclaimer I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley for review To read the thoughts reflections and memories of those who have lived through suffering and horrors that I cannot begin to comprehend is confronting and deeply moving This diverse selection of writings gives voice to representatives from every part of British society those who were part of the armed forces those they left behind nurses relief workers prisoners of war pacifists as Well As From Other as fromsets out the
OTHER AFFECTED BY THE GREAT WARaffected by the Great War speak for all those who arewere unable to find words to express what they experienced My heart is so stunned I don t The Sounds Of Song: A Picture Book Of Music For Voice know whether it is broken or not Private Frank Cocker 1915 A very sober touching and moving look at some of the reminiscent times of World War I a collection of letters with a few essays from famous writers Most of them very sad in some way of course don tnow why I torture myself with this sort of thing which I can only read in small doses But it s nicely put together I have been meaning to read this book since it came out and yes I was not let down I feel that this book should be on the list for schools to get for history as it depicts WWI through the eyes and minds and thoughts of the PEOPLE who livedenduredsurvived and perished in that Great War this is how history should be told in schools not the dry dusty and countless data and military tactics that s outdated and this is what should be taught that people living people endured and suffered throughout that. Itions workers and mothers nurses and pacifists prisoners of war and conscientious objectors appear alongside each other The war involved people from so many different backgrounds and countries and included here are among others British German Russian and Indian voices Alongside testament from the many ordinary people whose lives were transformed by the events of 1914 18 there are extracts from names that have become synonymous with the war such as Siegfried Sassoo.