The Middle Parts Of Fortune

Paperback | March 25, 2014

byFrederic Manning

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Set in the mud and stench of the Somme this is a grim, sardonic tale of war that let William Boyd to say ‘this is the finest novel to come out of the First World War’.

They can say what they bloody well like, but we're a fuckin' fine mob.'
   Deep in the mud, 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.
     Frederic 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 inspired Ernest Hemingway to read the novel every year, 'to remember how things really were so that I will never lie to myself nor to anyone else about them'.

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Set in the mud and stench of the Somme this is a grim, sardonic tale of war that let William Boyd to say ‘this is the finest novel to come out of the First World War’.They can say what they bloody well like, but we're a fuckin' fine mob.'   Deep in the mud, stench of the Somme, Bourne is trying his best to stay alive. There he finds th...

FREDERIC MANNING was born in Sydney in 1882. As a teenager he went with his tutor to England, where he eventually settled for most of his adult life. Manning began his career as a writer and poet in Britain with a narrative poem, The Vigil of Brunhild (1907), Poems (1910) and Scenes and Portraits (1909), a collection of short historica...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.74 × 5.03 × 0.9 inPublished:March 25, 2014Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0099589230

ISBN - 13:9780099589235

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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