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IT is possible that this book may be taken for an actual account of the Somme battle, but I warn readers that although it is in the bulk based on the fighting there and is no doubt colored by the fact that the greater part of it was written in the Somme area or between visits to it, I make no claim for it as history or as an historical account. My ambition was the much les IT is possible that this book may be taken for an actual account of the Somme battle, but I warn readers that although it is in the bulk based on the fighting there and is no doubt colored by the fact that the greater part of it was written in the Somme area or between visits to it, I make no claim for it as history or as an historical account. My ambition was the much lesser one of describing as well as I could what a Big Push is like from the point of view of an ordinary average infantry private, of showing how much he sees and knows and suffers in a, great battle, of giving a glimpse perhaps of the spirit that animates the New Armies, the endurance that has made them more than a match for the Germans, the acceptance of appalling and impossible horrors as the work-a-day business and routine of battle, the discipline and training that has fused such a mixture of material into tempered fighting metal. For the tale itself, I have tried to put into words merely the sort of story that might and could be told by thousands of our men to-day. I hope, in fact, I have so “told the tale” that such men as I have written of may be able to put this book in your hands and say: “This chapter just describes our crossing the open,” or “That is how we were shelled,” or “I felt the same about my Blighty one.”


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IT is possible that this book may be taken for an actual account of the Somme battle, but I warn readers that although it is in the bulk based on the fighting there and is no doubt colored by the fact that the greater part of it was written in the Somme area or between visits to it, I make no claim for it as history or as an historical account. My ambition was the much les IT is possible that this book may be taken for an actual account of the Somme battle, but I warn readers that although it is in the bulk based on the fighting there and is no doubt colored by the fact that the greater part of it was written in the Somme area or between visits to it, I make no claim for it as history or as an historical account. My ambition was the much lesser one of describing as well as I could what a Big Push is like from the point of view of an ordinary average infantry private, of showing how much he sees and knows and suffers in a, great battle, of giving a glimpse perhaps of the spirit that animates the New Armies, the endurance that has made them more than a match for the Germans, the acceptance of appalling and impossible horrors as the work-a-day business and routine of battle, the discipline and training that has fused such a mixture of material into tempered fighting metal. For the tale itself, I have tried to put into words merely the sort of story that might and could be told by thousands of our men to-day. I hope, in fact, I have so “told the tale” that such men as I have written of may be able to put this book in your hands and say: “This chapter just describes our crossing the open,” or “That is how we were shelled,” or “I felt the same about my Blighty one.”

30 review for Grapes of Wrath (Historical Fiction Books) (Volume 29)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    So it seems pretty clear that the author wants to trick people into reading his book by naming it after a classic but removing "the." That's fishy enough as it is. The problem is that this book is just kind of... bad? The characters speak in phonetically-written dialect ("noospaper" is apparently how uneducated people say "newspaper") and basically things explode and people get shot. So it seems pretty clear that the author wants to trick people into reading his book by naming it after a classic but removing "the." That's fishy enough as it is. The problem is that this book is just kind of... bad? The characters speak in phonetically-written dialect ("noospaper" is apparently how uneducated people say "newspaper") and basically things explode and people get shot.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Abhishek Gour

    A vicarious view of the vagaries of war and the nonsensical, forced and obfuscating experiences of a soldier on the field. I respect the army and the men who lay down their lives to protect a cause or a border, but I can't comprehend how a man throws himself in front of a thousand roaring guns, fully knowing that his chances of survival are next to nothing. How can emotions overpower common sense to such an extreme that a man forgets about all the good things in life, all of the infinite possibi A vicarious view of the vagaries of war and the nonsensical, forced and obfuscating experiences of a soldier on the field. I respect the army and the men who lay down their lives to protect a cause or a border, but I can't comprehend how a man throws himself in front of a thousand roaring guns, fully knowing that his chances of survival are next to nothing. How can emotions overpower common sense to such an extreme that a man forgets about all the good things in life, all of the infinite possibilities and just jumps in the pit in the name of duty. And after all, how many of us even spare a thought to think about him and the sacrifice that he has bestowed on us. Hell, how many of us even know what it means to be on the field, survive in inhumane conditions, with the constant fear of an enemy attack, the constant shivering in the cold makeshift tents,the hunger juxtaposed with chronic stomach aches, the sleepless nights in shockingly unhygienic conditions. Just makes one wonder if it's really worth it?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Couch

    I ordered this book by mistake. Obviously, meant the Steinbeck version. But I read this anyway. It illustrates the horrors of WW1, with a depiction of the battle of Sonne. The title comes from the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Well-written.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Derrick

    Even though this is another book instead of John's, this is definitely a good story by Boyd Cable. Even though this is another book instead of John's, this is definitely a good story by Boyd Cable.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caseyfast

    Amazing few days of life and death in the trenches of WWI. A gruesome portrait of the horrors and stupidity of war.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kateryna Krivovyaz

    I'm not a fan of military stories, but this book is definately worth reading. The author tells us a story of three friend going through the horrors of war together with a drop of optimism. I admit that their good humor makes circumstances more bearable. You can feel the dread and fear while travelling with them. I couldn't find much about this book nor its author, but I can feel how passionate he describes the battles and fights. I really recommend this book for being short, interesting and trag I'm not a fan of military stories, but this book is definately worth reading. The author tells us a story of three friend going through the horrors of war together with a drop of optimism. I admit that their good humor makes circumstances more bearable. You can feel the dread and fear while travelling with them. I couldn't find much about this book nor its author, but I can feel how passionate he describes the battles and fights. I really recommend this book for being short, interesting and tragical.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shehroze Saharan

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rykoblydie

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan Gremillion

  10. 4 out of 5

    julie

  11. 4 out of 5

    Karen Horne

  12. 4 out of 5

    dory blevins

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ri

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carol Joy Rickwood

  15. 5 out of 5

    Souris

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jan

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mark Ames

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bill Harless

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Holland

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Berg

  21. 4 out of 5

    Heather West

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Tayloe

  23. 4 out of 5

    John

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  25. 4 out of 5

    Meenakshi

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bill Harrell

  27. 5 out of 5

    Geoff Archer

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dana

  29. 5 out of 5

    Diane Dickinson

  30. 5 out of 5

    David R Taylor

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