'Kill the buggers! Kill the bloody fucking swine! Kill them!'
Bourne is a private fighting on the front. He is under pressure to accept a commission and become an officer, but he prefers to be among the ranks, drawn into the universal struggle for survival in a world gone mad.
Manning's startling work is unlike any other First World War novel in its portrayal of the lives of ordinary British soldiers: the trauma of the Somme; the moments of bloodlust; the camaraderie, rivalry, alcohol and boredom. Considered obscene for its language and previously published in censored form as Her Privates We, The Middle Parts of Fortune appears here in its raw, unexpurgated version. With an Introduction by Niall Ferguson
About the Author
Frederic Manning was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1882. Prevented by asthma from attending the usual educational institutions, he was taught largely at home, and at the age of sixteen was sent to England. In 1914 he joined the army, and as a soldier in the ranks ultimately fought in the terrible battles on the Somme. In 1929 he published, privately and anonymously, The Middle Parts of Fortune, his novel about military life.
Outstanding. Almost certainly the finest work of its kind to emerge from the war -- Max Hastings Guardian I read it over once each year to remember how things really were -- Ernest Hemingway The finest novel to come out of the First World War -- William Boyd
Series: Penguin Modern Classics
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 28th May 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.9 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1