Wednesday, 29 October 2014

More books

Pat Gibbon:Ghosts Of Dunkirk is self published by a neighbour. It’s the recollections of his uncle, as related to him, of being sent to France, half trained at the start of WW2, of being abandoned and taken prisoner. His struggle for survival as a POW , with slave labour, near starvation, lack of medical care and disregard of the Geneva Convention by his captors makes harrowing reading in places. After release and the almost fatal march from Poland to Belgium he returns to England and the Army. The final insult is when he’s had up on a charge for hitting an Italian POW who obstructs him in some deliveries. The story is good with some lovely descriptions but very long, and would benefit from a professional editor. It gives real human background and “domestic” detail of the awful conditions, a useful addition to anyone studying or interested in WW1
Kipling, Puck of Pook’s Hill. Recommended by someone doing Hadrian’s Wall MOOC, not very original now but maybe it was one of the first timetravel stories for children. Too heavy and educational for today’s generation, but I’m working all through Kipling. 
Kesey:One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest has been a huge gap in my education, why haven’t I read it before, or even seen the film? It’s brilliant once you get used to the Americanisms and colloquial style. The characters evolve totally believably towards the conclusion but you’re never quite sure what drove Mack. Some evocative descriptions.

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