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Goodbye to All That [Format Kindle]

Robert Graves
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In 1929 Robert Graves went to live abroad permanently, vowing 'never to make England my home again'. This is his superb account of his life up until that 'bitter leave-taking': from his childhood and desperately unhappy school days at Charterhouse, to his time serving as a young officer in the First World War that was to haunt him throughout his life.



It also contains memorable encounters with fellow writers and poets, including Siegfried Sassoon and Thomas Hardy, and covers his increasingly unhappy marriage to Nancy Nicholson. Goodbye to All That, with its vivid, harrowing descriptions of the Western Front, is a classic war document, and also has immense value as one of the most candid self-portraits of an artist ever written.



Includes illustrations and explanatory footnotes.

Biographie de l'auteur

Robert Ranke Graves (1895-1985) was a British poet, novelist, and critic. He is best known for the historical novel I, Claudius and the critical study of myth and poetry The White Goddess.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Autobiographie d'un poete et écrivain exceptionel 21 novembre 2012
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Pour ceux qui vont s'intéresser au centenaire prochain du début de la 1ere Guerre Mondiale, cette oeuvre saisissante par Robert Graves va rappeler les enjeux physiques, morals et existentiels encourus par les soldats anglais et français engagés dans les tranchées de la Somme. J'ai lu ce livre d'abord à l'age de 15 et j'ai décidé de le relire parce que certains éléments me sont resté clairement dans la mémoire depuis 45 ans. C'est encore plus frappant à l'age de 60 de se rendre compte de l'enfer subi par tous les soldats dans les tranchées pendant ces quatre ans accablants.
Je viens de finir la lecture de 'Parade's End' par Ford Madox Ford qui est un complément de lecture incontournable pour cette période 1914-18 et l'après-guerre immédiate. Je vous recommande de lire les deux, et en plus les poèmes du 1ere Guerre Mondiale (également offerts sur Amazon)pour vraiment apprécier pourquoi le monde à tant changé entre 1914 et 1920 et pourquoi l'Europe unie du 21e siècle est tellement importante à chérir, plutot que de simplement critiquer.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 autobiography from the trenchs 14 septembre 2007
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Possibley one of the best known autobiographies to be written from the trenchs of the First World war Robert Graves in later years would be a professional writer and in his autobiography he brings all his considerable skill to bear.

Born into privilage in Victorian England he was among the rush of young men who scrambled to enlist when war broke out in 1914. As a young gentleman of a proper education he is accepted as an officer in the 2nd Royal Welch Fusiliers a unit that produced some of the most proliffic writers of the entire war.

Graves coveres the prejudices of his age. Not just the us vs them of the war, but between classes in England, between officers and enlisted with in his own army, between different regiments in the army and between regulars and volunteers within his own officers' mess. For example when he is first commissioned, his commander is reluctant to send him overseas. He feels Graves is not sporting enough, because Graves did not ask for time off to go hunting.

As the book unveils, the glossy patina of 'joining the grand adventure' wears away in the horrors of the trench and frustrations with senior officers, and Graves takes the reader along with him. You start out shiny and hopeful and end feeling as if you too are caked with grime, not just mud but the blood spilled to no good end.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perhaps still the premiere war memoir in English 6 septembre 2011
Par Robert Moore - Publié sur Amazon.com
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GOOD-BYE TO ALL THAT is about considerably more than just Graves's experiences in the trenches in WW I, but it is that section of the book that makes this memoir stand apart from most others. That, and the exceptional honesty of the book, which manages to be tell-all without being gossipy. There is also a sense of renunciation; instead of nostalgic longing to recover the past as one find in other memoirs, Graves is anxious to put the past aside for good, to have done with it entirely.
The best parts of the book are those dealing with his dreadful time in school, he time serving in the war, and his various friendships. Some of those friendships sneak up on you. He writes at length of a literature professor at school named George Mallory who profoundly molded his reading and literary sensibilities. He writes for page after page about "George," but it isn't until he begin a chapter with the words, "George Mallory did something better than lend me books: he too me climbing on Snowdon in the school vacation." It wasn't until that moment that I realized that George Mallory the literature instructor was THAT George Mallory, the famous mountain climber who attempted Everest (and perhaps conquered it) "because it is there." George becomes one of Graves's greatest friends, and even serves as best man in his wedding. The other friendship I found fascinating, perhaps because the man himself remains one of the most mystifying characters of the 20th century, was T. E. Lawrence. As Lawrence removed himself from the public eye more and more in the 1920s and 1930s, being in 1920 perhaps one of the most famous individuals in the British Empire, he changed personas from Lawrence of Arabia to Private Shaw, reenlisting in the Army as an auto mechanic. Graves remained a good friend of his throughout the entire period, and wrote one of the first serious biographies of Lawrence. I enjoyed one passage where he is in Lawrence's quarters at (I think) Cambridge, eyeing the manuscript of Lawrence's own war memoirs, what would eventually become THE SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM (Graves would be one of a select few to receive a copy of the first privately printed edition, which remains one of the great published books of the 20th century, with expensively reproduced drawings and illustrations--subsequent editions remove most of the illustrations).

But the heart of the book is the account of his experiences at the front. Although this war produced a disproportionate amount of great literature, I personally believe that the two greatest literary monuments to the Great War (unless one also includes Lawrence's THE SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM) are Graves's memoir and the poetry of Wilfrid Owen. The sections of the book dealing with the war seem to alternate between the startling everyday to the nightmarish. In many sections the mood seems to be straight out of Dante's PURGATORIO, at the worst his INFERNO. But throughout, the story is carried forward by Graves's relentlessly honest pen. Although Graves's wrote an absolutely stunning number of books, in particular the two Claudius novels, this fine volume just might be his greatest work.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A classic 30 mai 2013
Par Aussie Bruce - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have read this many times over the years. A priceless part of the First World War library on why a generation of civilised mankind went off to slaughter each other. All the more readable because of the writing skill of a distinguished author. Then as now young men go off to war for excitement, adventure and escape from the mundane. They stay entrapped in the protracted stinking bloody awfulness because of loyalty to their comrades, not because of lofty ideals sprouted by politicians and the clergy. This book brilliantly illustrates that timeless truism, right down to the sense of the aggrieved victim after their return to the mundane following their traumatic experiences. War memoirs inevitably follow this pattern, with varying degrees of resentment, right up to the conflicts of today.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Life in the trenches 25 novembre 2012
Par Erez Davidi - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"Goodbye to All That" is rather well known as one the best first-hand accounts of WWI. It does a remarkable job in telling of the daily life in the trenches, and also succeeds fairly well in conveying the terrible routine in the trenches. Life was not without drama in the trenches. Perhaps the most notable moment was when Graves was left to die, and his family was indeed notified that their son has been killed, even though in the end he managed to recover. It is rather well known that the fighting in the trenches was especially difficult, yet "Goodbye to All That" helps to understand and appreciate what it actually meant. The lion's share of the book concentrates on WWI; however, I found the first part of the book, which chiefly deals with Graves upbringing and the life of the upper class in England in the pre- WWI period, fascinating. This book is often praised for its detailed descriptions of the trenches. However, in my opinion, it is not praised often enough for its vivid picture of life in the upper classes in England.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Note that the book is not all about WW1 and there are a few chapters about life pre and post war - very enjoyable. 31 juillet 2014
Par Mr. C. A. Lachman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"Goodbye to All That" is a fantastic book and well worth reading. If you have been reading WW1 history then this book should be on your list. Recently I have read "The Guns of August" and "The Proud Tower" both by Tuchman. Then "Catastrophe" by Hastings and finally "Testament of Youth" by Brittain. Both "Testament of Youth" and "Goodbye to All That" were written shortly after WW1 and describe the conflict from a human perspective - written by people who were there in the thick of it. "Testament of Youth" was a tad introspective but essential reading nevertheless. I subsequently purchased the 1970's DVD series by the same name which was also great. I think that all of these books are wonderful reading and bring WW1 to life. However if you want to find out about WW1 and don't have a lot of time - then my suggestion is "The Guns of August" and "Goodbye to All That". Having German heritage I suppose I should also read "All Quiet on The Western Front !"

Finally after reading all these books you realise that not many people are reading history or at least taking any note of it. The war to end all wars was shortly followed by WW2 and on it goes ............ Anyway read "Goodbye to All That" you will laugh and cry !
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