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by Henry Williamson

This starkly powerful novel of one man's experiences in the First World War which captures the experiences of an ordinary man caught up in a conflict over which he has no control.
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ISBN: 0750936401
ISBN13: 978-0750936408
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Henry Williamson
Language: English
Publisher: The History Press (May 25, 2004)
Pages: 192 pages
ePUB size: 1804 kb
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Rating: 4.4
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If the Great War may be said to have produced anything (besides carnage and irresolution), it is certainly the inexhaustible spate of talented English authors that first comes to mind. Those that lived (Graves, Sassoon, Blunden) and those that didn't (Owen, Brooks, Thomas) left a literary legacy of war poetry and war prose that is still unsurpassed.
The nature-loving, writing-obsessed Henry Williamson is not often included along with his fellow soldier-scribblers and is, indeed, barely known outside of England. Despite a canon well over forty tomes, Williamson's work has drifted in and out-of-print in the United States. His majestic WET FLANDERS PLAIN, which chronicles his somber return to the former battlefields after a twelve-year absence, cost this author (dollar amount) used in paperback and much anticipation as it slowly arrived from somewhere in Australia. Most of his novels are missing-in-action from used bookshop across America and must be ordered from abroad.
Fortunately, THE PATRIOT'S PROGRESS is still available (well, sort-of) and perhaps not for long. Perhaps his best-known novel in America, PATRIOT'S tells the story of Private John Bullock and his progress from a boorish London office job to the battlefields of France. Enhanced by the marvelous Masereel-esque woodcuts of
William Kermode, the novel details in sparse verbiage the life of the men in the trenches. Although not as detail-oriented as Blunden or Graves, it is nonetheless of interest to both the reader of literature and the historian and has been taught in university courses on The Great War. Williamson is an extremely important writer whose works certainly deserve a wider audience.
This is the second book by Anne Williamson about her late father-in-law, the celebrated English author Henry Williamson. It focuses on excerpts from Williamson's letters home during World War I from the Flanders trenches and other battlefield venues, as well as entries from his diaries of the period. Williamson's experiences are vividly and brilliantly described in his own extraordinary 15-volume novel sequence, the semi-autobiographical A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight, but the books are difficult to find. They can be bought from rare book dealers, and are well worth the effort of tracking them down. This little book could be read as an introduction to Williamson's war, but by no means should it serve as a final word.