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Itions workers and mothers nurses and pacifists prisoners of war and conscientious objectors appear alongside each other The war involved people from so many different backgrounds and countries and included here are among others British German Russian and Indian voices Alongside testament from the many ordinary people whose lives were transformed by the events of 1914 18 there are extracts from names that have become synonymous with the war such as Siegfried Sassoo. To read the thoughts reflections and memories of those who have lived through suffering and horrors that I cannot begin to comprehend is confronting and deeply moving This diverse selection of writings gives voice to representatives from every part of British society those who were part of the armed forces those they left behind nurses relief workers prisoners of war pacifists as well as from other countries affected by the Great War They speak for all those who arewere unable to find words to express what they experienced My heart is so stunned I don t know whether it is b

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N and TE Lawrence What unites them is a desire to express something of the horror the loss the confusion and the desire to help or to protest A Broken World is an original collection of personal and defining moments that offer an unprecedented insight into the Great War as it was experienced and as it was rememberedEdited by the bestselling author of Birdsong and Dr Hope Wolf this is an original and illuminating non fiction anthology of writing on the First World W. A very sober touching and moving look at some of the reminiscent times of World War I

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A lieutenant writes of digging through bodies that have the consistency of Camembert cheese; a mother sends flower seeds to her son at the Front hoping that one day someone may see them grow; a nurse tends a man back to health knowing he will be court martialled and shot as soon as he is fitIn this extraordinarily powerful and diverse selection of diaries letters and memories many of which have never been published before privates and officers seamen and airmen mun. A Broken World Letters Diaries and Memories of the Great War is a collection of writings edited by Sebastian Faulks and Hope Wolf that focus on personal experiences of those who lived through and endured World War I The first thing to praise is the great wealth of material and differing viewpoints that Faulks and Wolf provide A Broken World sources personal accounts from soldiers pacifists the women who were left behind and the refugees and these from all sides of the war The authors of the accounts are sometimes unknown even anonymous individuals but famous writers li


About the Author: Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks was born in 1953 and grew up in Newbury the son of a judge and a repertory actress He attended Wellington College and studied at Emmanuel College Cambridge although he didn’t enjoy attending either institution Cambridge in the 70s was still uite male dominated and he says that you had to cycle about 5 miles to meet a girl He was the first literary editor of “The Independe



10 thoughts on “A Broken World

  1. says:

    This anthology has some poignant letters diary entries and written accounts from both soldiers and civilians who were affected by the events of World War 1 As Sebastian Faulks writes in the introduction “a century later it is still hard to appreciate the scale of what happened or to make sense of it”

  2. says:

    a collection of letters with a few essays from famous writers Most of them very sad in some way of course don't know why I torture myself with this sort of thing which I can only read in small doses But it's nicely put together

  3. says:

    A Broken World Letters Diaries and Memories of the Great War is a collection of writings edited by Sebastian Faulk

  4. says:

    I’m struggling to review this book It’s an awesome collection emotional heartbreaking and uplifting all at once BUT The sort of book you can only read a bit at a time Ever since school I’ve been fascinated by the initial “oh what a lovely war” mind set followed by the slowly building contrast of despair

  5. says:

    I have been meaning to read this book since it came out and yes I was not let down I feel that this book should be on the list for schools to get for history as it depicts WWI through the eyes and minds and thoughts of the PEOPLE who livedenduredsurvived and perished in that Great War this is how history should be told in schools

  6. says:

    To read the thoughts reflections and memories of those who have lived through suffering and horrors that I cannot begin to

  7. says:

    I was given this book which was released to mark the centenary of the First World War It's a mixture of letters poems postcards occasional photos diary entries and memories and it's a really mixed bag Some of the pieces are fascinating other

  8. says:

    PoignantStraying from his usual fiction Sebastian Faulks has worked with Hope Wolf to produce an anthology that beautifully portrays the different aspects of the Great War from a variety of those involvedSo different from most books about t

  9. says:

    A very sober touching and moving look at some of the reminiscent times of World War I

  10. says:

    A stunning and emotional read

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