The year 2000 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of one of the most original and gripping volumes ever written about the First World War. Fussell ...Show synopsisThe year 2000 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of one of the most original and gripping volumes ever written about the First World War. Fussell illuminates a war that changed a generation and revolutionized the way we see the world. He explores the British experience on the Western Front from 1914 to 1918.Hide synopsis
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A jolt of gallows humor, the old marching song says: "O the bells in Hell go ting-a-ling-a-ling!" Then the song asks: "O Death! Where is thy sting-a-ling-a-ling?" Paul Fussell tells where and how so many millions heard the bells and felt the sting. 'The Great War and Modern Memory' is a literary biography of World War I, as soldier-poet Tommy Atkins knew and fought it. 'Old Contemptibles,' my dying arse!
My teacher chose this book as the main method in which to study WW1. I would not reccomend this too anyone who wishes to study WW1 in a normal fashion. Instead of speaking about battles, military strategies, and the effects WW1 had on society, The Great War and Modern Memory focuses on the literature from the same period of WW1.
To be honest I actually gave up reading this book a few chapters into it. It is quite repetitive with an emphasis on homo-erotic literature. If your a literature buff, then this might be your book, but if your an average historian or student who wants to learn more about WW1, I would avoid this book at all cost.
I was shocked when I found out that I had a test on this book, but thanks to my mother who read this and highlighted the very few key points, I was able to BS my way to a B+. Even my mother who is an avid reader, had great difficulties getting through it.
The moral of the story is that war is bad, and that the literature from that time period paralled that horrors of war.
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