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by Jan Montyn,Dirk Ayelt Kooiman

Dust jacket notes: "At the age of eighteen Jan Montyn was learning how to cross a ravine hanging from a rope; at nineteen he was serving in the Baltic on a German minesweeper; by the time he was twenty he was enduring the mud, snow and slaughter of the trenches on the Eastern front; before he was twenty-one he had lived through the hell of the Allied bombing of Dresden, played cat-and-mouse with the Russian army in a last-ditch stand on the banks of the Oder, retreated across Germany into the arms of the Allied forces, escaped from a POW camp and joined the Foreign Legion. A few years later he was at war again, in Korea. An adventure story on the grand scale? Rather one of horrific experience and of a sensitive mind driven to obliterate the terrors of the past by a further dose of the same medicine. Coming from a childhood hidebound by the most rigid strictures of Dutch Calvinism, the young Montyn had seen the German Occupation of Holland and the wider opportunities it offered as the dawn of a new freedom. He had joined the German navy in a spirit of bravado, only to find himself trapped in the final, agonizing throes of Germany's defeat and to live through the worst that men and machines can inflict on each other. As an artist it affected him deeply, leaving him prey to hidden terrors and nightmares. From being a devotee of war he became a confirmed pacifist. Written in collaboration with one of Holland's leading young novelists, A Lamb to Slaughter is a deep and haunting book of exceptional skill, a catalogue of strife and bloodshed whose message is peace and hope. Through years of restless pain Jan Montyn has struggled to come to terms with his baptism of horror - through debauchery, madness and the catharsis of remembering, through his art and the healing balm of the Buddhist faith. His story is that of a man haunted by battlefields, who now seeks them out, not as a participant but for the essential tranquility he finds amid the aftermath of war...."
Download A Lamb to Slaughter: An Artist Among the Battlefields epub
ISBN: 0285626213
ISBN13: 978-0285626218
Category: History
Subcategory: Military
Author: Jan Montyn,Dirk Ayelt Kooiman
Language: English
Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd; 1st edition (1984)
Pages: 252 pages
ePUB size: 1541 kb
FB2 size: 1256 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 581
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The author of this book was a Dutch boy who joined the German army to escape the boredom and constraints of everyday life. He is not a politically motivated Nazi, just a restless boy who wants to see the world, and throughout his life, he does. This book only begins with this man's harrowing experiences in WWII. From there, it moves on to his wild post-war life which includes brushes with insanity, tumultuous love relationships with people of both sexes, and his eventual career as an artist. He also spends a period working as a social worker with emotionally damaged children in Southeast Asia, and eventually marries a woman of Asian descent. There are no limits to this book; it's a rollercoaster of action and emotion. Regardless of what you might think about Jan Monteyn after reading this book, you will have to admit that he lived his life to the fullest.
He's a talented writer. The story is fascinating.
A silly book which I could not continue reading. Is this fiction or not? It seems far-fetched, and of the same flavor of all the "holocaust writers" looking to make a fast buck by inventing tall tales of human soap and human skin lamp shades, long disproved by the holocaust museum itself. This book fell into that category within the third chapter, and I couldn't be forced to read it any longer.

Review is on the first three chapters only.