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  • Hardcover: 700 pages
  • Publisher: The Wessex Collective; First edition (October 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979751683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979751684
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,154,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The writing is so good that one is unaware of it and what you are conveying comes to the reader with direct impact, like reality itself. --John Hall Wheelock, Editor of Scribner's

Some fine writing is this! --Ann B. Knox, Antietam Review

I was intrigued by the confident blend of ferocity and tenderness. --David Almond, Panurge Magazine (England)

About the Author

William Davey's literary prowess is well known in Europe. He has been called an extraordinary writer in France and a lion with a heart in England. Son of renowned paint Randall Davey, he was educated at Princeton, Univ.of Calif. at Berkeley, NYU, and the Sorbonne. He was a commando with the First Special Service Force in WW2, a high-goal polo player, an amateur astronomer, and an avid chess player.

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William Davey is the son of the renowned American painter Randall Davey who was a great friend of John Sloan, Robert Henri and George Bellows. He was born in New York,grew up in Santa Fe, and was educated at Princeton, Univ.of Calif. at Berkeley, and the Sorbonne. He started writing at an early age,was tutored in poetry by Witter Bynner, had his first poetry collection "Arms, Angels, Epitaphs and Bones" published when he was a teenager and his first novel"Dawn Breaks the Heart" published in New York to great reviews just before W,W.II. He was a combat officer with the super-tough Canadian-American First Special Service Force which was the unit on which the present Green Berets fashion themselves. He has been a high-goal polo player, a Fellow of the International Lunar Society, the British Astronomical Society, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and the U.S.Chess Association. Other works include "The Trial of Pythagoras and Other Poems", "The Angry Dust", "Lost Adulteries and Other Stories", "Bitter Rainbow and Other Poems", "Brother of Cloud in the Water", and newly published novel "Splendor from Darkness". He has been married six times,his strongest supporter being his wife of over forty years, Susan. His strongest detractor and life-long enemy has been his egotistic and self-absorbed mother who used her remarried riches from International Harvester to undermine his literary genius by paying publishers to suppress "Splendor" and other manuscripts to keep them out of print, perhaps fearful that he would speak badly of her in his books (which he did not). His poems and stories have been published in England, France,India, Israel, Canada, the US, the Philippines, Sweden, China and Greece. William Davey loved the English language, spent his life studying it, once lost a rendevous with a Princess due to an argument over it, and forfeited his inheritance because of it. John Hall Wheelock, the last great editor of the old Scribner's, once wrote to him, "the writing is so good that one is unaware of it and what you are conveying comes to the reader with direct impact, like reality itself."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen R McCurry on September 5, 2013
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I like it a lot so far. I've only started but it goes fast and is hard to lay down. As an old soldier I can relate to the story Even though it's a novel, the story could very well be true. JMc
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alyscamps on January 18, 2012
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William Davey was a fine writer who has always been more widely appreciated abroad than in America. His stories, novels and poetry have been successfully translated into various languages. This book is a wonderful read, one of the finest war stories you'll ever find, and so much more besides. Very highly recommended.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By joe hronek on April 15, 2012
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I found the book(what I read of it) a very hard read.I read about 120 pages before I decided to put it back in my bookcase for a future attempt(maybe).Didn't like the style.It was like you were reading two different books at the same time.
I have an interest in the First Special Service Force and am a member of their association.
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