Disenchantment (Classic Reprint) Paperback – July 22, 2012
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There is brilliant writing throughout this book but, unfortunately, much of it I did not understand. That, I confess, is due to my deficiencies, at least in part.
The Centennial observance of The Great War is now past. The War brought out the best and worst in humankind, or at least we thought it did until the next war exceeded both in many ways. Montague reflects on both in a style largely and regrettably forgotten.
For those steeped in British culture, this book would be an unalloyed treasure. As one from the western shores of The Pond, much of it was confusing. What was not brought delight to every nerve.
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It’s a book which jars with the tone of reverence and sentimentality which have repeatedly entered the British government’s well-funded 2014-18 centenary campaign to make World War I better known and loved. The book is a powerful disproof of a fiction currently being peddled by right-wing British historians, journalists and politicians that criticism of the aims and conduct of World War I first began in the subversive 1960s.
Since this book’s Kindle edition is very cheap, I bought it originally intending just a quick flick through. But I then found myself wanting to read right through to the end, largely because it is often so beautifully written. Although there’s no story and it’s something of a rambling opinion piece (albeit illustrated with interesting anecdotes) I found something compelling about it. Though I must say I did rush through some later chapters where the rambling is more pronounced and I can understand how some readers will find it not to their taste.