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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classic (Oct. 3 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141184590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141184593
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robert Graves was born in 1895 in Wimbledon. He went from school to the First World War, where he became a captain in the Royal Welch Fusiliers and was seriously wounded at the Battle of the Somme. He wrote his autobiography, Goodbye to All That, in 1929, and it was soon established as a modern classic. He died on 7 December 1985 in Majorca, his home since 1929.


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Not being at all familiar with the writing of Robert Graves, I felt that his autobiography might be an interesting place to start, and I wasn't wrong. This is a delightful book to read, Graves' writing flows effortlessly even when discussing the obscenities of the First World War. Graves acknowledges that he wrote "Goodbye To All That" in order to make enough money to pay down his debts and leave England for good, which he did. Written in about eight weeks in 1929, this book takes a darkly humourous approach to Graves' experiences in the trenches. Part memoir, part satire, it's a unique look at the cruel absurdity of war in general and the First World War in particular.

Graves starts by discussing his childhood, including time spent in Germany visiting relatives (his mother's side of the family was German) and his time at a public school, Charterhouse. However, the book deals mainly with his experiences on the Western Front. Of upper-class background he enlisted in the British Army a day or two after the declaration of war. He mentions others of his generation: Siegfried Sassoon, T.E. Lawrence and Thomas Hardy (Hardy was of a different generation, but Graves gives an interesting account of their meeting). Of the three, Sassoon was the only personal friend of Graves and served in the same regiment during the war.

"Goodbye To All That" is considered one of the true classics of First World War literature and it easily lives up to its reputation; this edition also contains a prologue and an epilogue both written in 1957.
I recommend it for those interested in the First World War as well as for those who simply enjoy an extremely well-written book. Neither reader will be disappointed.
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A view of WW1 from the "inside". Great reading. The personal involvement of the author gave it a reality that the reader "shared".
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A great classic, and doesn't need my vote: I first read it 50 years ago and find it still holds up well.
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