In this unique and compelling anthology, Sebastian Faulks has collected the best fiction about war in the 20th century Ranging from the First World War to the Gulf War, these stories depict a soldier s experience from call ups battle and comradship to leave, hospital and trauma in later life Truely international in scope, this anthology includes stories by Erich Maria ReIn this unique and compelling anthology, Sebastian Faulks has collected the best fiction about war in the 20th century Ranging from the First World War to the Gulf War, these stories depict a soldier s experience from call ups battle and comradship to leave, hospital and trauma in later life Truely international in scope, this anthology includes stories by Erich Maria Remarque and Pat Barker, Issac Babel and Ernest Hemingway , Heinrich Boll and Norman Mailer, JG Ballard and Tim O Brian Julian Barnes and Louis de Barnieres Together they form a powerful and moving evocation of the horors of war.
The Vintage Book Of War Stories In this unique and compelling anthology Sebastian Faulks has collected the best fiction about war in the th century Ranging from the First World War to the Gulf War these stories depict a soldier
As a fan of war stories, many of the fragments included in this book were to my liking I m a fan of them because they attempt to tell the untellable, and each author does it differently some can make it real, others become mired in clich s However, though stories from different sides of the conflicts were included in this anthology, it still felt very American oriented to me The editors felt compelled to include classics like The Naked and the Dead and A Farewell to Arms, but left out For Whom t [...]
Faulks and Hensgen have done an amazing job They have compiled short stories and passages from book that can provide one with insights about large chunks of what war is like The book does not offer a comprehensive view, and does not aim at that The main emphasis is on the experience of combatants and people participating directly in the drafting, the reporting, the decision making, human experiments, and the killing The pieces are almost all outstanding both from a stylistic point of view brilli [...]
A large selection of authors are represented in this anthology, which covers most of the major conflicts of the 20th century While the standard of writing is uniformly good, the reading experience is ultimately spoiled by the fact that the majority of the pieces are excerpts from novels rather than self contained short stories This makes a few of the pieces in particular very difficult to understand While the moral point of the majority of the pieces is anti war, the style of writing chosen for [...]
I had started reading this book and its various excerpts some time ago, so I decided to go back for a second read of some material and a fresh look at others.It was enjoyable, but having read so many factual auto biographical works on war, it just doesn t have the same resonance for me Remarque s How Long it Takes for a Man to Die was probably the highlight of the writing, an excerpt from All Quiet on the Western Front , something I would now very much like to read.All in all, varied and interes [...]
This is certainly one of the best collections of wartime stories I have read so far, and there s been quite a few Consisting of tales written by the famed and not so famed of world literature, the book captures the many faces of war bloody battlefields, broken families, broken hearts, undaunted spirits, and sheer will The anthology spans major wars fought in the twentieth century, and at the end, one can t help but be struck by the immense similarity among them all A must read for all those who [...]
Contains some amazing writing some of my favorite authors as well William Boyd, Louis De Bernieres, Pat Barker, Siegfried Sassoon, John Fowles, Michael Ondaatje, and Ernest Hemingway Discovered some new favorites too particularly Tim O Brien How to tell a True War Story
Anthology of stories written about various 20th century conflicts This was a bit strange in some respects because they were extracts from novels rather than short stories I enjoyed it to a certain degree but some of the tales seemed to be just about starting to get going when they ended.
I tried, but after the first few stories I was overwhelmed by the horror snd despair portrayed so I didn t finish the book.
A great book of short stories.
Heartbreaking, important, challenging, and well put together Some of the stories are heartbreaking A great collection, which is sure to delight any history buff.