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Time at war /
Nicholas Mosley.
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, c2006.
x, 180 p. : ill., plates ; 21 cm.
029785240X (hbk.)
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London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, c2006.
029785240X (hbk.)
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Includes index.
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Review Quotes
"A brave and engaging book by a brave and engaging man"
"a brief account of his adventures that is not only entertaining and often extremely funny, but tells us about the chaotic nature of war as fought on the ground... a masterly account of what war is really like."
"a generous tribute to the friends he made during the war, who helped him to grow up, and to the very British decency of all the soldiers who accepted him for what he was and apparently never gave him a hard time for being who he was>2
"Mosley's engagingly matter-of-fact memoir gives a perfect flavour of the officer's lot... captures deftly the contradictions of war - of luck and bravery; of farce and fear; of anarchy and meaning. It is a beguiling read."
"Nicholas Mosley, for over half a century one of our most original and compelling novelists, now tackles the subject from his own point of view of both artist and soldier: and a soldier, furthermore, who was awarded the Miltiary Cross.... As a novelist, he has always possessed the exciting ability to extrapolate huge, sometimes overwhelming ideas from very particular events. It is this skill that he uses, over and over again, in his memoir... How lucky we are to have him."
"The shadow of his father hangs over this book and his life. There are only a few people who understand how dark it is, and I am one of them"
"This is a bildungsromanin which, on the one hand, Mosley writes often about the resemblances between close combat and the chasing and capturing games of his childhood and on the other, we find the young hero passionately linking his own war bewilderment with the dilemmas that seem to have found their solution in the high art he encounters durng periods of leave in Italy"
"...touching and honest. He has written a candid account of an upper-class lieutenant's war years."
"wonderful and absorbing book... His account of hand to hand fighting in a ruined farmhouse, with Germans holding on at the lower floor, is a high point of the book."
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Guardian UK, September 2006
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