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A fascinating read. Sometimes kind of sloggy to get through, it seems in areas like Mr. Garth tries to emulate Professor Tolkien's verbose, flowery mannerisms in his descriptions... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kami
I have been a Tolkien fan for years and teach a course on the Professor. This book gave me insight into an often overlooked - but very important, very formative period in the life... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thomas G. Romano
A must read for any Tolkien fan or scholar. Garth draws the connection between author and authored texts deftly. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Corso
Giving this as a Christmas present to someone who is a real Tolkien fan.Published 7 months ago by Cat
This is thin stuff. Tolkien spent a month in the 1916 Somme offensive as a signals officer before getting sent back to England with typhus, where he spent the rest of the war. Read morePublished 15 months ago by A Customer
Very useful not only for Tolkien's biography but also as an introduction to a kind of artistic circle found in young men of his background in his day. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a timely and important contribution to Tolkien studies. However, the reader needs to engage seriously with the details of the part of the Somme offensive that Tolkien was... Read morePublished 19 months ago by onthefringe
John Garth’s account of Tolkien’s wartime experiences makes for one of the best books about Tolkien, and the Inklings in general, yet written. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jonathan-Paul Hooper
This is a beautiful book. The best Tolkienian reading for this year 2014.Published 20 months ago by José Hernández