In Parenthesis

In Parenthesis

by David Jones
     
 

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"This writing has to do with some things I saw, felt, and was part of": with quiet modesty, David Jones begins a work that is among the most powerful imaginative efforts to grapple with the carnage of the First World War, a book celebrated by W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot as one of the masterpieces of modern literature. Fusing poetry and prose, gutter

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"This writing has to do with some things I saw, felt, and was part of": with quiet modesty, David Jones begins a work that is among the most powerful imaginative efforts to grapple with the carnage of the First World War, a book celebrated by W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot as one of the masterpieces of modern literature. Fusing poetry and prose, gutter talk and high music, wartime terror and ancient myth, Jones, who served as an infantryman on the Western Front, presents a picture at once panoramic and intimate of a world of interminable waiting and unforeseen death. And yet throughout he remains alert to the flashes of humanity that light up the wasteland of war.

Editorial Reviews

The Atlantic
In Parenthesis rings with a strange, oracular wisdom.
—Phoebe Adams
Times Literary Supplement
An epic of war like no other war-book…It is one of the most remarkable literary achievements of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590170366
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
03/15/2003
Series:
New York Review Books Classics Series
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
732,302
Product dimensions:
5.02(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.58(d)

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Kathleen Raine
"David Jones's In Parenthesis, the great work to have spoken for the generation of the First World War, is rooted in timeless values. Jones retired into his dug-out where every small object had meaning and spoke to him of a 'reall world' very different from what is so-called by the media-men, a real world in which, even on the field of battle, 'everything that lives is holy.'"

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