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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (160 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geoff Dyer Narrator: Antony Ferguson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Geoff Dyer has won fans writing about everything from jazz to D. H. Lawrence, from photography to neurotic enlightenment, from Cambodia to Rome. The Missing of the Somme, his remarkable book on the significance of the First World War, is a gem for Dyer fans and history buffs alike. With his characteristic wit and insight, here Dyer weaves a network of myth and memory, photos and film, poetry and sculptures, graveyards, and ceremonies that illuminate our understanding of, and relationship to, the Great War. From one of our most beloved authors, this is a personal meditation on war and remembrance.

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  • “The great Great War book of our time.”

    Observer (London)

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark Field | 2/16/2014

    " With the centenary of The Great War approaching I am sure there will be a revival of interest in literature related to it. Personally I like social histories of the individuals involved, and the untold stories of the common man and their role in history. I like Dyer, he is always interesting and has a very different perspective on the world to many others, his style is unconventional, whatever that actually is. this book is a meditation on remembrance, of the common man and the sacrifice made during the Great War and how we commemorate their memory. The First World War was really the first war where the individual's stories have been told rather than from the perspective of the Generals and Colonels in charge and the sweep of politics, and I guess the first conflict in modernity that was well reported and broadcast. Dyer does lose his way here at times, and goes off on a ramble, but throughout it is an interesting insight in to our collective memory and how we choose to celebrate, commemorate and remember. Like all history it is being constantly revised, no doubt over the next few years there will be new interpretations of The Great War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David Carr | 2/12/2014

    " "During the war the dead were buried haphazardly, often in mass graves. By the time of the great battles of attrition of 1916-1917 mass graves were dug in advance of major offensives. Singing columns of soldiers fell grimly silent as they marched by these gaping pits en route to the front-line trenches." This book is first in my own march past the graves of the Great War, my father's war. It is brilliant and contemporary, awed in aspect and perspective. It helps me to understand the words he never said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joanie | 2/7/2014

    " I thought this was beautiful and poetic. It's more like an essay that's partly autobiographical and partly historical and partly philosophical. It sounds like it could be self-indulgent but it's not. It's wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aravind P | 1/17/2014

    " A very poignant study of the Great war (First world war) and aftereffects through all the post war symbols like memorials, art, cemetery, literature etc. This is an anti-war war literature. A brilliant work. "

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