le 3 avril 2013
From the presentation, it seems that the book has created a kind of scandal when it was first published in 1950. It does not appear to be shocking anymore, but the way the characters as well as the whole military society are described, look very realistic. There are no heroes, and no bad guys, but professional soldiers who are thinking about their career and enrolled soldiers who are only longing to go back home. But they all make do with the necessity of war. Even though so soon after the end of the 2nd world war, it may have been unusual not to make these fighters ordinary people, it does not have the It does not have the ‘angry young men’ feeling that came in the 70’s with the Vietnam war through Halberstam, Neil Sheehan and others, but it displays a kind of objectivity that is very appealing.
A great novel
le 20 janvier 2013
le meilleur livre sur la seconde guerre mondiale. tension, amitié, haine, terreur. tout y est, c'est remarquable. bien plus qu'un roman de guerre, un chef d'oeuvre.