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Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man

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The impact of the deaths of those he loved (he gave them pseudonyms), killed in WWI, was expertly recounted. I was working for the BBC when the ban came in, and I remember going up to spend a day with one hunt in the midlands, filming them as they defiantly flouted the act, and then following them down to London for yet another huge tweed-clad protest outside Parliament. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper, a little dusty with a short closed tear to the upper panel and some light edge wear.

The two soon grow quite close, aiding each other in their attempts to ensure they come up to the requirements of a model huntsman (which really in their case means horseman since their primary concern is having a good piece of horseflesh with which to jump over fences and race across the countryside) and take part in the best outings of the season. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.I can hear the creak of the saddle and the clop and clink of hoofs as we cross the bridge over the brook by Dundell Farm; there is a light burning in the farmhouse window, and the evening star glitters above a broken drift of half-luminous cloud… It is with a sigh that I remember simple moments such as those, when I understood so little of the deepening sadness of life, and only the strangeness of the spring was knocking at my heart.

The First UK printing with the William Nicholson illustrations published by Faber and Faber in 1929. Characters whom we have come to love die meaninglessly, and Sherston only can record the facts of it - he doesn't reflect on his grief at all, as though the awfulness of it utterly dulled his pen. Fricourt was successfully taken, and on the 4th July the First Battalion moved up to the front line to attack Mametz Wood.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. I can see myself sitting in the sun in a nook among the sandbags and chalky debris behind the support line. When he first gets to the front, Sherston finds that he is one of the lucky ones, posted as Transportation Officer for his platoon and thus stationed behind the trenches.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal. His life is filled with cricket in the summer and hunting in the winter, and the book is all about the colourful characters he meets and various amusing anecdotes.There are some colourfully drawn comic creations and Sassoon also includes those who expressed contrary opinions; clergy and farmers who were critical of hunting. How about this for an English country morning: “The air was Elysian with early summer and the shadows of steep white clouds were chasing over the orchards and meadows; sunlight sparkled on green hedgerows that had been drenched by early morning showers. I do feel that Fox-Hunting Man is perhaps the most striking example of a nostalgia for 'all that is lost' that emerges in the aftermath of the war, and which seems to be the starting point for an enduring discourse about an imagined ideal of a lost England. Still, he has to experience the hardships of army life and quietly, almost without comment in the memoirs, he experiences the deaths of his best friend Stephen Colwood and mentor Tom Dixon (the latter having joined up even though he was nearing fifty).

In a perceptive piece of criticism, Robert Graves accused his friend Sassoon of hiding behind George Sherston, dodging the moral problems of autobiography and leaving the reader "to decide for himself whether the book is sincere or ironical". In essence, the privileged life narrated in the first part of this book is thrown into stark relief as the horrors of life in the trenches is described in equally vivid detail. From the collection of David Levine, Sydney, with his book label on verso of the upper free endpaper. Memoirs Of A Fox-Hunting Man Siegfried Sassoon Early Days - The Flower Show Match - A Fresh Start - A Day With the Potford - At the Rectory - The Colonel's Cup - Denis Milden as Master -Migration of the Midlands - In the Army - At the front Originally published in 1928.VG copy [scattered light creasing, top edge foxing] in spine toned Dust Wrapper with a few short edge tears/nicking. There is nothing earth shattering about the narrative - a young man who wishes he is much richer than his actually is, so he can live a life of leisure.

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