Unlimited [Spirituality Book] ☆ How Young They Die (A Novel about The First World War) - by Stuart Cloete ✓


  • Title: How Young They Die (A Novel about The First World War)
  • Author: Stuart Cloete
  • ISBN: 9780671772291
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

  • Stuart Cloete has chosen the First World War, of which he is himself a survivor, as the setting for his latest novel Jim Hilton, its hero, is a subaltern of nineteen when he goes out to Flanders for the first time in April 1916, and a veteran of twenty one, twice wounded, married, gazetted Major, by the time his story ends It is a story of courage and the waste of humanStuart Cloete has chosen the First World War, of which he is himself a survivor, as the setting for his latest novel Jim Hilton, its hero, is a subaltern of nineteen when he goes out to Flanders for the first time in April 1916, and a veteran of twenty one, twice wounded, married, gazetted Major, by the time his story ends It is a story of courage and the waste of human life in the bloody carnage of the Ypres Salient and the Battle of the Somme that could have been written only by someone who was there and saw it, who was a participant in the struggle in which millions of men fought and died for narrow stretches of shattered ground and useless villages in an unending sea of mud.It is also the story of the women who waited for those men the mothers, wives and sweethearts snatching desperately at moments of pleasure in the frenetic gaiety of wartime leaves in London, returning home to dread every ring of the front door bell Stuart Cloete shows relentlessly the pressures of war upon individuals and society as his young hero, like thousands of others, seeks to fulfill himself in love as well as in battle and to thread his way between the two ultimate expressions of virility the talking and making of life
    Stuart Cloete
    Stuart Cloete was born in France in 1897 to a Scottish mother and South African father His ancestors had come from Holland with Jan Van Riebeck to establish a settlement for the Dutch East India Company.He remembered his early years in Victorian Paris with sweet nostalgia, but the ideal was shattered when he began his schooling in France and England He never excelled academically and in his own words learnt almost nothing.At the age of 17 Cloete went straight into the army, and became one of the youngest commissioned officers in the First World War While nearly all of his early fellow officers and friends died, he survived four years of fighting in France and, for a while, was treated like a living lucky charm by the troops He was seriously injured twice and experienced amnesia induced by shell shock which was largely left untreated In a mental hospital in London he met his first wife, a volunteer nurse, Eileen Horsman, and fell deeply in love, even inducing a second breakdown with aspirin and whisky so he could see her again.After recuperating in France, Cloete acted on his compulsion to identify with the land of his ancestors He became a successful farmer in the Transvaal in South Africa But as soon as he had established himself and achieved his aims he became restless again and began pondering a life as a writer His eighteen year marriage floundered through growing incompatibility and Cloete s infidelity.He sold up and left for England to become an author, leaving Eileen behind in South Africa He recalled the decision to become a writer as the biggest gamble of his life But, as it turned out, he hit the jackpot with his first novel, Turning Wheels, published in 1937 It sold than two million copies, although it was banned in South Africa where it scandalised the authorities with its commentary on the Great Trek and a mixed race relationship Cloete was a prolific writer and went on to complete 14 novels and at least eight volumes of short stories.On the way to America to promote Turning Wheels, Cloete met Tiny who later became his second wife It was not love at first sight but eventually he realised he had found a soul mate Tiny enjoyed the fruits of his success as a highly acclaimed writer and was his faithful companion until his death in the Cape in 1976 Cloete lived though a period of unprecedented upheavals and in his autobiography, published in the early 70s, he pondered whether progress was in fact a misnomer it had ushered in colourless uniformity and even the threat of nuclear war He also reflected on the chapters of his vagabond, eventful and, in his view, incredibly lucky life.


    Commentaires:

    Rod Carstens
    The story of World War I from the British side. In my opinion it ranks up there with All Quiet on the Western front. The author served with the British army and his service brings a realism not found in many novels much the same as All Quiet on the Western Front. He is a young officer who survives some of the wars most horrific battles and finds himself changed. As in Cloete's book Rags of Glory it provides a window into British society at a time with the Twentieth Century was changing much of w [...]

    Georgina
    As novels on the First World War go, this in my opinion should be rated a classic. From the British point of view, and through the eyes of a range of different characters in various situations, you are truly living in their shoes. Feelings and thoughts are exposed without shame or censor, and even though the details can sometimes be gritty, it is in just the right amount to set the atmosphere for what it was. The small things are rendered beautiful in front of the backdrop of horror, and through [...]

    Erin
    It's been a few years since I last read this novel. This year would be an appropriate time to re-read it. This was my first introduction to the Great War, of which my generation (baby boomers) has little to no awareness generally. I remember certain passages with a sense that I was eavesdropping on private conversations. One of my favorite books ever.

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