Road to St. Julien
The Letters of a Stretcher-bearer of the Great War
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Road to St. Julien by William St. Clair
Book DescriptionWilliam St Clair is perhaps the only soldier to have left a continuous account of his experiences day by day from the moment of joining up in 1914, through the years of horror in the trenches, to the march into Germany in 1919 and the long aftermath of trying to make sense of what had happened. A private in the medical corps, St Clair wrote daily letters often scribbled under fire. Published for the first time, these raw, truthful, and deeply moving letters give us what we have not properly had before, the voice of an ordinary soldier who is also a wonderful writer.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844150175
(234mm x 156mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Leo Cooper Ltd
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Much more than the biography of a family. It is in large measure the biography of an era . . . The reader comes away with the feeling that he has witnessed a panorama of intellectual history which transcends the records of individual failures and weaknesses.
UK Kirkus Review » Can anything new be said about the First World War? This book comes close to doing so. Scotsman William St Clair may be the only soldier to have left a continuous account of his experiences day by day from the moment of joining up in 1914 through the various mincing-machine offensives of the Western Front to the march into Germany in 1918. His letters, mainly to his sweetheart Jane, are full of the slang of the day and aware of things than cannot and should not be said to a loved one, but are also vivid, intensely human and gripping. They are about the war, but also about the author and what it was like to be a young man fighting in the war to end all wars between 1914 and 1918. This is a brilliant addition to the canon of war literature. (Kirkus UK)
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