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The Love-charm of Bombs

Restless Lives in the Second World War
Feigel, Lara (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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As poetic as it is enlightening this detailed biography of five literary figures is achingly beautiful in its depiction of the disturbing everyday realities of war.
Authors: Feigel, Lara
Title: The love-charm of bombs
restless lives in the Second World War
Publisher: London :, Bloomsbury,, 2013
Characteristics: 519 pages :,illustrations, map ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Part I. One Night in the Lives of Five Writers : September 26, 1940
Newsreel
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."
Summary: As poetic as it is enlightening this detailed biography of five literary figures is achingly beautiful in its depiction of the disturbing everyday realities of war.
ISBN: 1408841037
9781408841037
1408830442
9781408830444
1608199843
9781608199846
Statement of Responsibility: Lara Feigel
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: World War, 1939-1945 Literature and the war Authors, English 20th century Biography World War, 1939-1945 Psychological aspects World War, 1939-1945 Social aspects England London World War, 1939-1945 England London Spiel, Hilde Green, Henry, 1905-1974 Macaulay, Rose, 1881-1958 Greene, Graham, 1904-1991 Bowen, Elizabeth, 1899-1973
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
Authors, English
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
LCCN: 2012042328
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Jun 04, 2014
  • asteraurora rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I originally chose this book because of an interest in Graham Greene, however found the responses of the different personalities to the bombing and destruction of the war fascinating.

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