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Good bye to All That An Autobiography Mobi ä 282 pages ´ [Reading] ➰ Good bye to All That An Autobiography ➸ Robert Graves – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk Alternate cover edition of ISBN10 0140180982; ISBN13 9780140180985 The uintessential memoir of the generation of Englishmen who suffered in World War I is amonEndemic in England's elite schools is almost as scathing as his depiction of trench warfare Nothing could eual Graves's bone chilling litany of meaningless death horrific encounters with gruesomely decaying corpses even appalling confrontations with the callousness arrogance of the military command Yet this scarifying book is consistently enthralling Graves is a superb storyteller there's clearly something liberating about burning all yo A Poet at War19 December 2017 As I was wandering through Newtown in Sydney I came across a crate of books dumped at the side of the road Considering that the law states that if somebody throws something away then it ceases to by anybody's property which basically means that anybody can then make a claim to possess that object and also due to the fact that they appeared to have begun to be worn down by the elements I concluded that the owner of these books no longer wanted them So I decided to have a look through them and my eyes immediately fell upon this book There was a little niggling at the back of my mind that this was a book that I wanted to read and I was familiar with the author having read I Claudius and am still digging through my pile of books attempting to locate Claudius the God As it turned out I had read a review on Goodreads and had immediately became enamoured with the book and noting that it was Grave's autobiography grabbed me even Okay I'm actually not a big fan of autobiographies but then again when they basically consist of a bunch of books about actors politicians sports stars and musicians and are inevitably ghost written by somebody that can't actually write then I'm sure you will probably agree with me However every so often you come across a gem and that is an autobiography written by a really good writer – one of them was Surprised by Joy by CS Lewis and as I started reading this book I uickly came to conclude that this one was basically up there with the best of them However it isn't actually uite like what you would expect from an autobiography much in the same way that Lewis' isn't uite an autobiography and that is because they are writers and because they are writers then they really don't want to bog people down with the minute details of their lives such as what they like for breakfast and what bus they catch to work every morning This is probably why my friend used Ricky Ponting's autobiography as a door stop In many ways this was similar to Lewis' book where the first part of the book has a strong focus on life at the English public schools while the twenties seemed to be a token addendum However where Lewis' focus was on his own spiritual experiences Grave's focus is his time in World War One In fact Lewis doesn't say all that much about his time in the trenches but that isn't all that surprising considering a lot of people took years to get over it if they ever did This was actually the case with Graves and he even says that he was not completely over the horrors of the war until about 1928 which is why it took over ten years for him to write this book and by that time he was facing a breakdown in his marriage His original intention was simply to write a personal history of his experience in the war and in a way this goes above and beyond the myriad textbooks and second hand histories on the subject – here we feel as if we are in the trenches with Graves but we also shake our head at the stupidity of commanders and learn of the somewhat darker aspects of the war such as the suspected British atrocities and also how French women could make a packet working as prostitutes for about six months The thing is that Graves was an officer having reached the rank of captain but it was a rank that still had him sitting in the trenches Yet in a way he seemed to empathise with his men because he was there watching the industrial war machine turning hundreds of thousands of young men into dogmeat while the commanders sat behind the lines coming up with stupid schemes that simply would not work This is the thing with World War One – it was the classic definition of insanity – that is doing the same thing over and over again

Good bye to All That An AutobiographyEndemic in England's elite schools is almost as scathing as his depiction of trench warfare Nothing could eual Graves's bone chilling litany of meaningless death horrific encounters with gruesomely decaying corpses even appalling confrontations with the callousness arrogance of the military command Yet this scarifying book is consistently enthralling Graves is a superb storyteller there's clearly something liberating about burning all yo A Poet at War19 December 2017 As I was wandering through Newtown in Sydney I came across a crate of books dumped at the side of the road Considering that the law states that if somebody throws something away then it ceases to by anybody's property which basically means that anybody can then make a claim to possess that object and also due to the fact that they appeared to have begun to be worn down by the elements I concluded that the owner of these books no longer wanted them So I decided to have a look through them and my eyes immediately fell upon this book There was a little niggling at the back of my mind that this was a book that I wanted to read and I was familiar with the author having read I Claudius and am still digging through my pile of books attempting to locate Claudius the God As it turned out I had read a review on Goodreads and had immediately became enamoured with the book and noting that it was Grave's autobiography grabbed me even Okay I'm actually not a big fan of autobiographies but then again when they basically consist of a bunch of books about actors politicians sports stars and musicians and are inevitably ghost written by somebody that can't actually write then I'm sure you will probably agree with me However every so often you come across a gem and that is an autobiography written by a really good writer – one of them was Surprised by Joy by CS Lewis and as I started reading this book I uickly came to conclude that this one was basically up there with the best of them However it isn't actually uite like what you would expect from an autobiography much in the same way that Lewis' isn't uite an autobiography and that is because they are writers and because they are writers then they really don't want to bog people down with the minute details of their lives such as what they like for breakfast and what bus they catch to work every morning This is probably why my friend used Ricky Ponting's autobiography as a door stop In many ways this was similar to Lewis' book where the first part of the book has a strong focus on life at the English public schools while the twenties seemed to be a token addendum However where Lewis' focus was on his own spiritual experiences Grave's focus is his time in World War One In fact Lewis doesn't say all that much about his time in the trenches but that isn't all that surprising considering a lot of people took years to get over it if they ever did This was actually the case with Graves and he even says that he was not completely over the horrors of the war until about 1928 which is why it took over ten years for him to write this book and by that time he was facing a breakdown in his marriage His original intention was simply to write a personal history of his experience in the war and in a way this goes above and beyond the myriad textbooks and second hand histories on the subject – here we feel as if we are in the trenches with Graves but we also shake our head at the stupidity of commanders and learn of the somewhat darker aspects of the war such as the suspected British atrocities and also how French women could make a packet working as prostitutes for about six months The thing is that Graves was an officer having reached the rank of captain but it was a rank that still had him sitting in the trenches Yet in a way he seemed to empathise with his men because he was there watching the industrial war machine turning hundreds of thousands of young men into dogmeat while the commanders sat behind the lines coming up with stupid schemes that simply would not work This is the thing with World War One – it was the classic definition of insanity – that is doing the same thing over and over again

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Good bye to All That An Autobiography É Alternate cover edition of ISBN10 0140180982; ISBN13 9780140180985 The uintessential memoir of the generation of Englishmen who suffered in World War I is among the bitterest autobiographies ever written Robert Graves's stripped to the bone prose seethes with contempt for his class his country his military superiors and the civilians who mindlessly cheered the carnage from the safety of home His portrait of the stupidity petty cruelties Another book in the series I am reading about WW1 It was interesting reading this in conjunction with A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor; I found Graves much less likeable than Fermor However this is a very powerful description of the war and life in the trenches; it also covers Graves’s life before the war and until 1929Graves was half German and half Irish and had a German middle name This meant he had a very difficult time at public school Charterhouse as war with Germany gradually became inevitable What saved Graves at Charterhouse was learning to box and one of the masters George Mallory later to die on Everest who came across as a good man and taught Graves to climb Graves joined the army at the beginning of the war and remained in it throughout in a variety of roles He was reckless at times; on holiday in Switzerland he decided it would be a good idea to ski down the skeleton bob run he survived and this showed at times in his approach to the war What Graves does excel at is describing army life in the trenches; the comradeship tensions the idiocy of senior officers which he describes in cutting detail the dangers the sualor and the immediate risk of death Forays into no man’s land encounters with the enemy and with dead and decomposing bodies; some of the accounts are horrific; yet one feels even then that Graves holds back a little What makes this account so good is Graves’s detachment He describes leading virtually suicidal missions in a workaday way He knew the generals were clueless The daily interactions with the other soldiers are fascinating Graves also describes the onset of “shell shock” and war weariness and this is also very interesting; the contrast between patriotism at home and the feeling of the insanity of it all which pervaded most of those at the frontGraves suffered his share of injuries and was seriously wounded at the Somme so badly that his family were sent a telegram announcing his death; he arrived in London shortly after the telegram Graves also describes the condition known as shellshock and very matter of factly describes his nightmares and psychological disturbances The lightness of touch and humour makes the description of the horrors even powerful Graves describes his interactions with other poets; Sassoon Owen Blunden amongst others which are always fascinating His interactions with medical boards and senior officers are also illuminating Graves’s detachment makes it difficult sometimes to locate him in all this and I suspect from his descriptions of his sufferings that this is a defence mechanismThe post war reflections are less powerful but a number of things stand out Graves married Nancy Nicholson daughter of the artist Sir William Nicholson She was a feminist who kept her own name and ensured their children had her name When they lived in Oxfordshire she used to cycle around the villages explaining contraception to the women it was still illegal at the time She was later a fabric designer She struck me as someone whose biography I would like to read When Robert and Nancy visited Thomas Hardy she mentioned that she had kept her own name expecting him to be scandalised However he thought it rather old fashioned as he recalled that when he was a boy many women did keep their own name on marriageThe other post war figure that stood out was T E Lawrence who met Graves at Oxford He was clearly damaged by his life experiences and avoided any physical closeness But he was a man of great principle; he wrote about his experiences in the war in two bestselling books He decided that he could not personally profit from the Arab revolt and ensured the royalties went to a variety of charities I was slightly am Doc Ö Good bye to All That An Autobiography ´ Robert Graves

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Robert Graves ´ Good bye to All That An Autobiography Pdf Ur bridges at 34 his age when it was first published in 1929 He conveys that feeling of exhilaration to his readers in a pell mell rush of words that remains supremely lucid Better known as a poet historical novelist critic Graves in this one work seems like an English Hemingway paring his prose to the minimum and eschewing all editorializing because it would bring him down to the level of the phrase and war mongers he despises Wendy Smi This is one of the great books to come out of the First World War It is usually categorized as a memoir but there is probably fiction in it than fact Graves was up front about this he wrote the book in just eleven weeks because he needed the money and admitted that he threw in every plot element he could think of that would help it sell For all that it transcends its genre because sometimes fiction reveals than fact By not restricting himself to just what he personally saw and heard he was able to add stories and anecdotes that bring the experience of war alive His descriptions of the trenches and the battles are laconic but do not spare the reader the madness and horrors of combat Similarly his descriptions of life out of the line are interesting and memorable especially the the senior officers who could not shake their pre war fixation with shined buttons and sharp salutes; faced with the imbecilities and petty harassment of the battalion mess an exasperated Graves says at one point “But all this is childish Is there a war on here or isn’t there?”Graves talks about the constant turnover of officers and men as they are killed wounded or taken sick In Siegried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer he recalls being told that infantry battalions turned over their personnel every four months so that by the time a sick or wounded man returned it was all new faces This is borne out by the British Army’s statistics on what they called “wastage” an average of 7000 men per day lost to all causes Since the part of the Allied line held by British and Dominion troops nominally reuired 800000 infantrymen to hold at 7000 losses a day sure enough it would mean most men would be gone by the end of four months’ timeIt is one of the odd coincidences of the war that three of the best books to come out of it were written by men who served together and knew each other well In addition to Graves’ Good Bye to All That and Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer there is JC Dunn’s The War the Infantry Knew 1914 1919 What ties them all together was service in the Second Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers where Dunn was the battalion doctor for much of the war His book is officially a unit history but where many of those are dull or concerned with the unit’s reputation than with an accurate portrayal of events his is brilliantly written and is the best account a reader will find of the actual day to day lives of the soldiers in the British Army Each of the three books mentions the authors of the other two sometimes giving different perspectives on the same events Sassoon’s book was lightly fictionalized but the actual people were clearly recognizable to anyone who knew them In it Graves for instance is called David Cromlech and Dunn is Captain MunroThe fine introduction to this edition was written by Paul Fussell author of The Great War and Modern Memory which is considered by many myself included to be the essential starting point for anyone trying to understand the historical cultural and social factors than influenced how the men who fought the war experienced remembered and wrote about it Fussell was himself a combat veteran having served as a second lieutenant in the US Army in Europe in 1944 45 He writes that Graves was not popular with many of his fellow battalion officers he was a bit too forthright in his commentaries about Army life but was well liked by his soldiers Like all good officers he took seriously his responsibilities toward them and refused to play the role of petty martinet Good Bye to All That is well worth reading for anyone with an interest in World War I or for that matter anyone looking for insights into how