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Ill Met By Moonlight Paperback – January 4, 2011
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"Paddy and I spent the morning reading short stories aloud to each other-this because we have only one book left between the two of us. Stevenson's Markheim, King Arthur and the Green Knight, Saki's wonderful The Interlopers...it was all rather fun. Then Paddy recited snippets from Shakespeare in German, at which he is adept; and we talked of mythology and lore and wondered if General Kreipe would look anything like Erich von Stroheim. Minotaurs, bull-men, nymphs of Ariadne, kings of Minos, and German generals-a splendid cocktail!"
They are civilized men engaged in that most uncivilized act of all. There is violence in this book. Then there's the terrible (and uncommented upon) knowledge that the blow on the head that Moss gave to the General's chauffeur during the abduction later caused his death. Moss is not unaware of this.Read more ›
ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT is better known as a film in which the young Dirk Bogarde defeats the Wehrmacht with a withering glance that predated Roger Moore's raised eyebrow by twenty years or more. By way of contrast, though, W. Stanley Moss and Paddy Leigh-Fermor are tough as old boots and utterly fearless. But even so, they leave us with the distinct impression that they bring to their particular field of irregular martial endeavour the benefits of a liberal education - which makes a very refreshing change from reading about SAS hooligans, the sum total of whose emotions might be tattooed in their entirety (all eight letters of them!) on the knuckles of each hand. Similarly, there is in MOONLIGHT a sort of bubbly undercurrent which suggests that, though these two young men are at present totally immersed in WWII, this is not what they are really and truly about. What they really want to be doing is getting on with their lives and doing whatever it is that young men want to be doing. (Nowadays they'd be taking a year out and bumming around Oz perhaps.Read more ›
The book is very British. There's a marvelous sense of the British civilian upper class at war, bunglingly incompetent but amazingly brave, and very good-hearted. The bungling is strange in that the author clearly was an effective soldier (an afterward by Moss's partner, Leigh-Fermor, in my addition tells how Moss led a partisan detachment that killed 75 or so Germans several months after the events in the book) but he manages to convey that he's not very good at this war stuff. In one scene, he lets one of the Partisans examine his submachinegun ,and is then nervous because "I never know which buttons on these things to push" and sweats until the gun is given back to him. There's marvelous banter, slang, and nicknames (one of the Cretan partisans is called "Wallace Beery" because of his supposed resemblance to that actor) and even the torpedo boat captain is colorful, as he should be.
I was impressed with this book. The plot moves right along, doesn't get bogged down with too many details, doesn't try to portray what was done in a particularly brave or skilful way, just tells you the results, I would recommend it highly.
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I love these three (ILL Met By Moonlight- Abducting a General- The Cretan Runner)books.
Truth to the smalest details.
This book describes the capture of the German General who was commander in Malta. It is easy to read as Mr Leigh Fermor has a very laid-back style.Published 5 months ago by Frances S. Heales
We are forever enthralled by W Stanley Moss's epic adventure. How brave were these men, to overcome the hardships and pain and go on to complete their mission.Published 7 months ago by Meredith Jacobs-Smith
The Robert Kaplan read from a few weeks ago was not highly reviewed and a disappointment by Kaplan standards, but its saving grace was references to Mediterranean readings, the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Cabin Dweller
I could not put it down... amazing detail and the writing is so witty... My son also read it and could not put it down either. We will be reading this again and again.Published 21 months ago by Myrtle