Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man

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Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man

Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man

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On the Radio 4 In Our Time programme about Sassoon, there's a really good (and admirably brief) discussion of this animus. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Features an attractive original cream dust jacket with cobalt blue text, protected by removable clear plastic overlay. To see their happy, carefree existence end so abruptly and watch them enter the nightmare of trench warfare was just devastating.The first volume is one of 260 copies, the second one of 750 copies and the third one of 300 copies. Women did hunt, but the few he mentions are middle-aged; and there were no girls at his school, no female soldiers in the army. In this first novel of the semiautobiographical George Sherston trilogy, Sassoon wonderfully captures the vanishing idylls of the Edwardian English countryside. Ultimately everything leads to the final two sections and his enlistment in the army as WWI looms unexpectedly from out of the quiet pastoral background in which he has been snuggly swaddled up to this point.

Keynes, in his standard bibliography of the author, states this edition was an afterthought, made when the success of the ordinary (first) edition was assured and the identity of the author known. Our narrator's natural Conservatism and patriotism evaporate on exposure to the realities of trench warfare. Although a novel, this is strongly autobiographical and there is no doubt that the protagonist, George Sherston, is Sassoon.

Sherston is not Jewish either - something which mattered a great deal in England, and made Sherston's sense of being an impostor, not quite up to the task of being what he was expected to become, ring a little false. There are beautiful passages on the English countryside and the reader surfs pleasantly throughout though each turn of the page harbors the dark anticipation of what is about to happen. So it's possible to see the book not only as a lament for what was lost in the war, but for the folly of the days before it. Infantry Officer: A superb copy, binding square and tight (lightly read, if at all), contents clean throughout, jacket lightly rubbed to top of spine panel. The only other significant character in these memoirs (aside from genial old Aunt Evelyn who remains mostly a passive and amiable figure in the background) is the enigmatic Denis Milden, a young fox hunter hero-worshipped by Sherston in his younger days who eventually reappears as a Master of the Hunt whose friendship and approval George prizes above almost all else.

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