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The Middle Parts of Fortune

The Middle Parts of Fortune

by Frederic Manning, Simon Caterson (Introduction)

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Ernest Hemingway called this breathtaking account of the Great War 'the finest and noblest book of men in war'.


Ernest Hemingway called this breathtaking account of the Great War 'the finest and noblest book of men in war'.

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Library Journal
Although technically fiction, Australian poet/novelist Manning's (1882–1935) harsh, beautifully written account of a soldier's experiences during World War I remains as authentic and gripping as when it was first published, in 1929. Unfortunately, relatively few modern readers have heard of this classic "trench story"—hopefully that will change with the release of this recording, previously available only on cassette. Actor/narrator Stanley McGeagh has a lovely voice; his highly polished, unobtrusive reading is perfectly suited to the material. As current international military involvements move into their second decades and posttraumatic stress rates rise, this highly relevant title is strongly recommended for all adults interested in the world around them. Some scenes are too graphic for children.—I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Boone, IA

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Meet the Author

Frederic Manning was born in Sydney in 1882. In 1903 he joined Arthur Galton, a former tutor and lifelong friend, in his English vicarage, and set out on a literary career, publishing polite poetry, essays, reviews and stories.

His subsequent experience in the army and in the appalling trench warfare at the Somme and at Ancre informed his great novel The Middle Parts of Fortune, which was published anonymously in 1929. Stripped of the profanities, an expurgated edition appeared in 1930 under the title Her Privates We. It became an immediate besteseller. Frederic Manning died in England in 1935.

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