First published anonymously in 1929 because its language was considered far too frank for the public circulation, The Middle Parts of Fortune was hailed by T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, by Lawrence of Arabia and Ernest Hemingway, as an extraordinary novel. Its author was in fact Frederic Manning, an Australian writer who fought in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and who told his story of men at war from the perspective of an ordinary soldier. Never before published in Australia, The Middle Parts of Fortune is now recognised as a twentieth-century classic.
About the Author
Manning was born in 1882 in Sydney, Australia, and whose father was a one-time mayor. Educated privately, he was thereafter sent to England to complete his studies.
In the immediate pre-war years Manning established a reputation as a minor poet and critic among a small circle of intimates.
With the outbreak of war in August 1914 Manning enlisted as a Private with the 7th Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry, serving in the trenches in France among some of the more bloody battles of the war.
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Comments about The Middle Parts of Fortune:
An outstanding reading by Stanley McGeagh of this wonderful novel by Frederic Manning. His sensitive and passionate voice adds great depth to this humourous, involving, but ultimately tragic story of the ordinary soldier at war. The sheer horror of trench warfare is beautifully told. And again we are reminded of the futility of war, and the fact that it is the ordinary soldier who suffers most from this madness.
Series: Classic series
Format: Audio CD
Published: 1st November 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Weight (kg): 0.5