Ian Hamilton, 28 September 1989
Show More Wartime: Understanding and Behaviour in the Second World War by Paul Fussell.
Oxford, 330 pp., £15, September 1989, 0 19 503797 9Show More
War like a Wasp: The Lost Decade of the Forties by Andrew Sinclair.
Hamish Hamilton, 312 pp., £17.95, October 1989, 0 241 12531 6Show More
“... In a 1982 essay called ‘My War’ Paul Fussell described how – at the age of 20 – he became a full-time ironist: one who, by means of his experience in combat, had learned to perceive ‘some great gulf, half-comic and half-tragic, between what one expects and what one finds’. And in his book The Great War and Modern Memory, the soldier poets and memoirists who featured most prominently were those who had found themselves stranded in that same ‘great gulf’, learning firsthand how wrong they had been in their imaginings of what awaited them in France ...”