By Keith Douglas
'This is the single e-book from the second one global warfare related with the first-war narratives of Sassoon, Blunden or Graves... whilst the conflict of El Alamein begun, the poet Keith Douglas was once in Cairo with Divisional HQ. keen to not omit the motion, he took a truck and, opposed to orders, drove to re-join his regiment. He served as a tank commander through the complete of the allied strengthen throughout North Africa, and Alamein to Zem Zem (1946) is his tale. Boyishness and inexperience provide it flash-bulb immediacy... Scenes of unforgettable pity and terror unfold... every little thing, from plant life carpeting the desolate tract in iciness to vanquished enemies, is noticeable with a poet's eye and the generosity of youth.' John Carey, Guardian
This Faber unearths version of Keith Douglas's vintage paintings - initially released years after his demise in Normandy in 1944 - features a new preface through the novelist Richard Skinner.
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Alamein to Zem Zem by Keith Douglas