The Love-charm of Bombs
restless lives in the Second World War
7 p.m. : Blackout
10 p.m. : Fire
1 a.m. : Rescue
6 a.m. : All Clear
Part II. The Blitz : September 1940-May 1941
"War, she thought, was sex"
"Ireland can be dementing"
"How we shall survive this I don't know"
"So much else is on the way to be lost"
Part III. The Lull : June 1941-February 1944
" You are the ultimate of something"
"Can pain and danger exist?"
"Only at night I cry"
"Alas, what hate everywhere"
Part IV. Approaching Victory : June 1944-August 1945
"Droning things, mindlessly making for you"
"A collective intoxication of happiness"
"The days were listless and a flop"
Part V. Surveying the Ruins : Postwar Europe, 1945-9
"The magic Irish light and the soft air"
"Flying, no, leaping, into the centre of the mainland"
"O, maybe we'll live a while in Killala"
"The returning memory of a dream long forgotten"
"The place I really did lose my heart to was Vienna"
Part VI. Mid-century : Middle Age
" We could have been happy for a lifetime"
"Let us neither of us forget ... what reality feels like and eternity is"
"The world my wilderness, its caves my home."
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