Guy Crouchback has lost his idealism. A desk job in London gives him the chance of reconciliation with his former wife. Then, in Yugoslavia, as a liaison officer with the Partisans, he finally becomes aware of the futility of a war he once saw in terms of honour.
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The narrator, new to me, is masterful. The book, which I didn't know, is good, bolstered by Waugh's brilliant prose. It is, though, the third book of a linked trilogy, the other two volumes of which aren't available on Audible. I was interested enough to want to read this book--published in the US as "Men at War"--and the first two volumes.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
This book is aptly titled and sad. Guy tries to affect change but gradually surrenders to the machine of war and bureaucracy. The story ties up nicely and characters are finished off with little pomp or ceremony. This book isn't as much fun or as funny as the first two. I have no idea how WWII was in Britain and how it changed but I guess this series of books cover it well. The writing is excellent, Christian Rodska is perfect in his narration and the book is a pleasant listen to. If you read the first two, you have to read this one to finish the story off, but if you are not in to trilogies; then just the first "Officers & Gentlemen" is worth the listen to on its own.
"review of unconditional surrender"
A most enjoyable, nostagic and witty novel about a rather lonely man doing his best and being little appreciated. Excellent narration for clarity and pace. I listen while driving and this made every journey a pleasure. This is part of a trilogy and the triad presents the passage of time, the fatuosness of war and the decline of old England with aplomb.
"Nice but dated"
One follows the mental journey of this listless man with some interest - and it is the psychology that makes it work - but otherwise its concerns seem a million miles away from the contemporary condition of people and their dilemmas. If you want a bit of time travel into the past this may please you.
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