The Middle Parts of Fortune

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"It is the finest and noblest book of men in war that I have ever read. I read it over once each year to remember how things really were so that I will never lie to myself nor to anyone else about them."  —Ernest Hemingway

They can say what they bloody well like, but we're a fuckin' fine mob.

Deep in the mud, in the stench of the Somme, Bourne is trying his best to stay alive. There he finds the intense fraternity of war and fear unlike ...

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Overview

"It is the finest and noblest book of men in war that I have ever read. I read it over once each year to remember how things really were so that I will never lie to myself nor to anyone else about them."  —Ernest Hemingway

They can say what they bloody well like, but we're a fuckin' fine mob.

Deep in the mud, in the stench of the Somme, Bourne is trying his best to stay alive. There he finds the intense fraternity of war and fear unlike anything he has ever known. Frederick Manning's novel was first published anonymously in 1929. The honesty with which he wrote about the horror, the boredom, and the futility of war is unmatched. This grim, sardonic tale led William Boyd to say "this is the finest novel to come out of the First World War."

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   • "It is the finest and noblest book of men in war that I have ever read. I read it over once each year to remember how things really were so that I will never lie to myself nor to anyone else about them." —Ernest Hemingway 

   • "The most truthful and profound exploration of the experiences of war... is to be found in The Middle Parts Of Fortune... Manning explored the moral ambiguities of war in the language of the men with whom he served. He articulated the suffering and comradeship of men who might have no other literary record." —Guardian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780099589235
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Series: Vintage Classics Series
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 639,248
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Frederick Manning (1882-1935) was an Australian poet and novelist. In 1929 he published The Middle Parts of Fortune under the pseudonym Private 19022, due to the book's shocking content. The book was highly praised by his contemporaries.
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