A Moment of War (Penguin Modern Classics)

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A Moment of War (Penguin Modern Classics)

A Moment of War (Penguin Modern Classics)

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If Franco captures Teruel, he will divide the Republicans to the north and south; as Lee explains, the loss of this fortified city in the mountains is the beginning of the retreat for the Republican army. It could have used some photos, and I think that Lee holds off on saying things that might make himself look bad, but the writing and story are superb. I also felt that the issues with the last one were much more detrimental here, given the subject matter of ‘A Moment of War’.

It also, even if memories is a bit jumbled and less than perfectly clear maybe, delivers a chilling account of the absurdity and randomness of war.Cider with Rosie, did not disappoint my want for nostalgia for my beloved Stroud(ish), however I stopped here for a while before reading 'As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning', which I knew would have very little to say about the rolling hills of Slad. There is a map of Spain, at the front of the book, marked with all the relevant towns and cities, and the text is interspersed with line drawings by Keith Bowen which complement Lee's descriptions perfectly.

The pages in Cider are clean bar one small thumb mark and the endpapers are a little spotted, the other two books spotlessly clean, a small selotape mark on the fep of As I Walked. They stay there for about a week, let's say six days, 7h, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th day of the journey). I didn’t need hideous descriptions of brutal battles, but something more than him getting constantly imprisoned but never really minding, travelling around again at others behest, doing menial tasks and meeting other ‘soldiers’ with whom he didn’t seem to have much of a relationship.

The train took 24 hours to get to Valencia, that is to say, they'd arrived there on the 25th day of the journey. In the Castle at Figueras he meets a bunch of young volunteers like himself; they go into town, smoke, drink, and Laurie gets laid. I hated the meaninglessness so much, not to mention the little situation with the 13 year old boy they threw into his cell to "warm" him (? It is not the same as the other two books, it evokes, in Lee's rich descriptive, poetic prose the atmosphere of war, and particularly of a country at war with itself.

A bomb hit the track near the loading sheds, and two trucks sailed sideways against a halo fire, while torn lines circled around them like ribbons. Firstly, there are very few sections where Lee’s prose gets a chance to shine here due to the subject of this book, so while the previous in the trilogy was slightly dull, it always had this going for it, which is much more (but not entirely) absent here and so isn’t able to carry the book’s weaker components. On the second night, he's helped to find his way by a mysterious shepherd, who reappears a couple of times later (the Guardian Angel?On the day scheduled for his execution a fortunate encounter led to his being released and joining the International Brigades. It was not written/ published until 1991, and thus is full of comments about how the Spanish Civil War can be seen as the opening shots of the Second World War and is clearly written with the Republic’s forthcoming defeat in mind. I felt such a jarr between his internment in the hole and then this youthful seduction that I put the book down.



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