A Moment of War (Penguin Modern Classics)

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A Moment of War (Penguin Modern Classics)

A Moment of War (Penguin Modern Classics)

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crafted by a poet, stamping an indelible image of the boredom, random cruelty and stupidity of war'. The Republican side was an uncomfortable mix of Spanish socialists, anarchists, and liberals along with apolitical people who just wanted to defend their homes and families, alongside well-meaning but ultimately naive foreign intellectuals and labourers.

He then encountered Republican sympathisers who suspected him of being a Nationalist spy and imprisoned him. In the Castle at Figueras he meets a bunch of young volunteers like himself; they go into town, smoke, drink, and Laurie gets laid. It also, even if memories is a bit jumbled and less than perfectly clear maybe, delivers a chilling account of the absurdity and randomness of war. Even when his life was in danger or he was reunited with people he had met before, I barely sensed a glimmer of an emotion.Isherwood says that he is a camera, but it is Lee who achieves something cameralike in his narrative voice. Written long after parts one and two and quite a short volume, this still is a very interesting read with a lot of the traits that is Lee's great narrative.

He is handcuffed and thrown in a dungeons, where he spends two full dadys (4th and 5th days of the journey). As a young man Lee, despite carrying the burden of two girl's names, decided he had to go and fight fascists in Spain. In "A Moment Of War", he barely touches on his personal feelings and yet the experience was deeply etched in his memory - he wrote it so much later.He thinks he is about to be shot, along with a young deserter, but he is instead brought to the recruiting centre at Figueros. It is beautifully written with wonderful descriptions of the freezing countryside, but I have awarded it only three stars as I am not fond of war books, but read it as it is the final part of a trilogy. I was at that flush of youth which never doubts self-survival, without which illusion few wars would be possible. This is another book that will remain on shelves until I feel able to re-read again, and I know I will be not be disappointed when I do.

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