The Missing of the Somme

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9780140239492: The Missing of the Somme

This work was written by someone who was born after the two world wars and who, like everyone of his and subsequent generations, have been brought up on the myth and memory of war. In this examination of the poems, memorials, memoirs, photographs, histories and documentaries of World War I, this book brings together a network of memory that illuminates people's relation to the past. The author brings to it his own experience - his father, who was at the Somme, watching "The Blue Max" and all the yesterdays on television, making airfix kits, buying poppies every November. By the end the reader understands more about war and memory, tenderness, horror, the comfort of landscape, the morality and immorality of order and disorder.

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"Brilliant.... The great Great War book of our time." --"The Observer "(London)

"A gentle, patient, loving book. It is about mourning and memory, about how the Great War has been represented--and our sense of it
shaped and defi ned--by different artistic media.... Its textures are the very rhythms of memory and consciousness." --"The Guardian" (London)

"Dyer delights in producing books that are unique, like keys." --James Wood, "The New Yorker"

"Brilliant. . . . The great Great War book of our time."
--"The Observer
"
"Dyer delights in producing books that are unique, like keys."
--James Wood, "The New Yorker"

"[A] penetrating meditation upon war and remembrance."
--"The Daily Telegraph"

"No contemporary writer blends genres like Geoff Dyer."
--"Time"

"A loving book . . . about mourning and memory, about how the Great War has been represented--and our sense of it shaped and defined--by different artistic media. . . . Its textures are the very rhythms of memory and consciousness."
--"The Guardian"

"A lyrical meditation on memory and the meaning of World War I. . . . [A] thoughtful and thought-provoking pilgrimage through the war's bibliography and battlefields. . . . Illuminate[s] how thoroughly memory and history are interwoven with literature."
--"The Wall Street Journal"
"[A] strange and wonderful meditation on the cultural legacy of World War I. . . . "The Missing of the Somme" shows us that stark simplicity isn't the only way to talk about war. . . . [It is] a lovely, alive work."
--"San Francisco Chronicle"
""The Missing of the Somme" . . . looks back at the unfathomable destruction of [World War I] through the fogged, distorted lens of collective memory, which can only deteriorate further with the passing of time. . . . How do we bring ourselves to acknowledge such awful events? And what purpose do memorials really serve? They are, Dyer implies, inherently insufficient."
--"The Boston Globe"
"Fresh and often unsettling. . . . Sophisticated and nuanced. . . . Quirky but often brilliant. . . . The timing could not be more appropriate. . . . For Americans, as for Britons, memory of World War I is now entirely a matter of secondhand information. Only the films, books and monuments remain. Dyer poignantly and at times playfully examines the way these objects shape his countrymen's mental picture of what happened between 1914 and 1918. . . . As [his] meditation on remembrance demonstrates, reminders of the past do have a life of their own, shaping and reshaping the vision of history we carry in our minds. . . . "The Missing of the Somme "will not disappoint [Dyer's] fans."
--"The Kansas City Star"
"[An] instant classic. . . . Dyer supports his point with an impressive survey of poems, letters, memoirs, and novels, combined with a perceptive analysis of British war memorials, and utilizing extensive citations."
--"Publishers Weekly"
"Brilliant. . . . The great Great War book of our time."
--"The Observer
"
"Dyer delights in producing books that are unique, like keys."
--James Wood, "The New Yorker"
"[A] penetrating meditation upon war and remembrance."
--"The Daily Telegraph"
"No contemporary writer blends genres like Geoff Dyer."
--"Time"
"A loving book . . . about mourning and memory, about how the Great War has been represented--and our sense of it shaped and defined--by different artistic media. . . . Its textures are the very rhythms of memory and consciousness."
--"The Guardian"

A lyrical meditation on memory and the meaning of World War I. . . . [A] thoughtful and thought-provoking pilgrimage through the war s bibliography and battlefields. . . . Illuminate[s] how thoroughly memory and history are interwoven with literature.
The Wall Street Journal
[A] strange and wonderful meditation on the cultural legacy of World War I. . . . The Missing of the Somme shows us that stark simplicity isn t the only way to talk about war. . . . [It is] a lovely, alive work.
San Francisco Chronicle
The Missing of the Somme . . . looks back at the unfathomable destruction of [World War I] through the fogged, distorted lens of collective memory, which can only deteriorate further with the passing of time. . . . How do we bring ourselves to acknowledge such awful events? And what purpose do memorials really serve? They are, Dyer implies, inherently insufficient.
The Boston Globe
Fresh and often unsettling. . . . Sophisticated and nuanced. . . . Quirky but often brilliant. . . . The timing could not be more appropriate. . . . For Americans, as for Britons, memory of World War I is now entirely a matter of secondhand information. Only the films, books and monuments remain. Dyer poignantly and at times playfully examines the way these objects shape his countrymen s mental picture of what happened between 1914 and 1918. . . . As [his] meditation on remembrance demonstrates, reminders of the past do have a life of their own, shaping and reshaping the vision of history we carry in our minds. . . . The Missing of the Somme will not disappoint [Dyer s] fans.
The Kansas City Star
[An] instant classic. . . . Dyer supports his point with an impressive survey of poems, letters, memoirs, and novels, combined with a perceptive analysis of British war memorials, and utilizing extensive citations.
Publishers Weekly
Brilliant. . . . The great Great War book of our time.
The Observer

Dyer delights in producing books that are unique, like keys.
James Wood, The New Yorker
[A] penetrating meditation upon war and remembrance.
The Daily Telegraph
No contemporary writer blends genres like Geoff Dyer.
Time
A loving book . . . about mourning and memory, about how the Great War has been represented and our sense of it shaped and defined by different artistic media. . . . Its textures are the very rhythms of memory and consciousness.
The Guardian

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“Brilliant…the great Great War book of our time” Observer

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Published by Penguin Books Ltd (1995)
ISBN 10: 0140239499 ISBN 13: 9780140239492
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