`A Moment of War' is the magnificent conclusion to Laurie Lee's autobiographical trilogy begun in `Cider with Rosie' and `As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning'.It was December 1937 when the young Laurie Lee crossed the Pyrenees and walked into the bitter winter of the Spanish Civil War. With great vividness and poignancy, Lee portrays the brave defeat of youthful idealism in Auden's `low dishonest decade'. Writing in the Literary Review, John Sweeney praised the memoir as, `A great, heart-stopping narrative of one young Englishman's part in the war in Spain ... crafted by a poet, stamping an indelible image of the boredom, random cruelty and stupidity of war'
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Laurie Lee was born in 1914 in Stroud, Gloucestershire, and was brought up with his mother and many siblings. At the age of nineteen he walked to London and then traveled on foot through Spain as described in As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning. He married Catherine Polge and had one daughter; he died in 1997.From AudioFile:
NaivetŽ and modern warfare meet in the midst of the Spanish Civil War. Young Lee arrives in Spain prepared for battle though not for the skepticism nor his imprisonment. Thorne's matter-of-fact, almost conversational recital captures young Lee's trusting enthusiasm. Events, both petty and horrendous, are made credible without emotional histrionics. The reader's quiet energy gives Lee's character unspoken wonder and fear. Thorne provides well-rendered characterizations and near-perfect multi-national accents. It's a curious, yet compelling, odyssey. S.B.S. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Penguin UK, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110140156224
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Book Description Penguin UK, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0140156224