A Moment of War: A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War

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In December 1937, young Laurie Lee crossed the Pyrenees into Spain as a wartime volunteer from England, and in so doing walked straight into the bitter winter of the Spanish Civil War. In this gripping memoir, named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, he returns to the scene of his wartime coming of age and portrays the death of a young man's idealism with sincerity and a total lack of pretense.

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Overview

In December 1937, young Laurie Lee crossed the Pyrenees into Spain as a wartime volunteer from England, and in so doing walked straight into the bitter winter of the Spanish Civil War. In this gripping memoir, named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, he returns to the scene of his wartime coming of age and portrays the death of a young man's idealism with sincerity and a total lack of pretense.

In this gripping, poignant memoir — a #1 bestseller in the United Kingdom — Laurie Lee returns to the scene of his wartime coming of age, portraying the death of a young man's idealism. "For anyone who wants to understand what war is actually like . . . this is the book. . . . A treasure."--Los Angeles Times Book Review.

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As a young, idealistic Englishman, Lee journeyed to Spain in 1937 to help the International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War. Now, more than 50 years later, this master of both prose and poetry (e.g., Selected Poems , Trafalgar Square, 1984) provides a stunning coming-of-age account that should attract a wide range of listeners, both young and old. Lee's descriptions of the harsh, frozen surroundings that he and his fellow soldiers contended with are conveyed with typical British understatement by reader Stephen Thorne. Thorne manages to handle Lee's beautifully restrained, lyrical prose with remarkable poise. Highly recommended for most biography collections.-- Mark Annichiarico, ``Library Journal''
New York Times Books of the Century
...[An] enormously sophisticated book, a testament to the morality and weakness of humanity....A Moment of War [becomes] the reader's own story...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565840607
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Pages: 192

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