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Paperback Generals Die in Bed Book

ISBN: 1554510732

ISBN13: 9781554510733

Generals Die in Bed

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As the world marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the bestselling novel Generals Die in Bed becomes more relevant than ever. Originally published in 1930, the landmark novel was... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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A neglected book

This book, I believe, was essentially forgotten until it was resurrected by an independent publisher in the 1970s; it was on the CanLit reading list while I was at university, but I don't think that the book has received the readership that it deserves, namely, this book should be manditory reading in Canadian high schools.Interestingly, the author was an American; a fact that's important in that a large number of Americans did enlist in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, but whose service has now largely been forgotten.

Incredible, but sadly unread account of WW1

This book takes in the experiences of a WW1 Canadian soldier during the mustard gas, lice, trench warfare, flame throwers, snipers, and other assorted horrors.At times, it is not an easy read due to the candid and almost non-descript accounts on the battlefield. He has little prose and even less flowery description - everything is to the point, which further reinforces the terror of all he sees. At certain points of the story, it can also be incredibly sad as well. Not an easy story to read. The description of his bayonett being stuck in a live german boy while his brother watches on in terror is one of the most candid and sad experiences ever read. As well, when Charles is wounded, it is written almost in a surreal fashion, as he hallucinates and falls in and out of consciousness.Pick this one up. It's a true account from the writer (meaning he was there), and it's a story that isn't easily put down.

Best WW1 book ever

This is the greatest book i have ever read in my life. The story takes you, hits you in the stomach, and never lets you go.


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a stunning look into the soul of a Canadian soldier in WW I

This is a seminal work, written and published before All Quiet on the Western Front, which bears a strong resemblance to it. The life of a Canadian soldier in the trenches of World War I allowed little room for nobility or love or friendship, filled as it was with rats, lice, poison gas, the ubiquitous stench of death and the few shattered yards of polluted mud which became his whole world. Written in the simple, flat style of Hemingway, this is a Canadian classic.
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