Bomber is a novel of war. There are no victors, no vanquished. There are simply those who remain alive, and those who die. Bomber follows the progress of an Allied air raid through a period of twenty-four hours in the summer of 1943. It portrays all the participants in a terrifying drama, both in the air and on the ground, in Britain and in Germany. In its documentary style, it is unique. In its emotional power it is overwhelming.
Len Deighton has been equally acclaimed as a novelist and as an historian. In Bomber he has combined both talents to produce a masterpiece. The classic novel of the Second World War that relates in devastating detail the 24-hour story of an allied bombing raid.
©2012 Len Deighton (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Is it too long? I wondered halfway through. This book endeavors to put all events of a bombing raid together in a 24 hour time frame. Just like the TV series, it is nearly true to time. But it does work. All the stories are well developed and brought together. Lost one star in making every female character marginal and somewhat silly (this maybe a result the narrator, but is not helped by Mr Deighton, who has written great female characters in subsequent novels). The narrator did an awesome job of giving every one of the characters a recognizable voice and did a fantastic job except for the female ones.
Replete with incredible detail, I feel like I was in the bomber and on the ground at the same time. Almost a perfect book, almost perfectly read. Highly recommended! I don't think there was an agenda to this story, although I felt for the victims, none of them were very sympathetic. I still feel that everything the allies did to try to win the war was justified, after all they did not know how it would end, and were really just trying to win a war they did not start, but had to see through.
Absolutely. In fact, I already have listened to it again.
The buildup really pulls you in as you follow the German civilians, knowing what is going to happen to them. And also the pilots as they go about their preparations.
This was an incredible book. I listened to it over the course of a weekend and was genuinely sorry that it ended. Plus, the forward by the author is really interesting as he describes his process of writing and researching the book.
"An old favourite revisited"
I like both formats in this case but I would say that the audiobooks probably brings the characters to life more. It is long time since I read the book though.
It gave the characters greater depth and gave them more life and in a lot of cases death.
Probably the trapped in the cellar sections.
I found it lived up to memories of the original book and though dated in a lot of ways it still brought out the terrible reality of war on people's lives.
Totally brilliant account of air warfare from both sides,not just horrific and gripping but excellently written delivering a story of love,life,death,bravery,courage,and stupidity all in the period of 24 hours,a must for anyone with a sense of humanity and the futility of war.
"A rather ponderous reading"
One of my favourite books by one of my favourite authors, this unabridged reading is good value for money but is somewhat spoiled, to my mind, by the narrator.
Richard Burnip’s command of accents is acceptable and his German pronunciation, at least to this non-German speaker, seems good. However, Deighton’s technique in this book is to describe the events surrounding a bomber raid on Germany in minute technical detail but in a completely dispassionate way. This has the odd effect, as Deighton of course intends, of emphasising rather than diminishing the sheer horror of the events described. Burnip’s rather slow, over-deliberate enunciation, together with his habit of inserting small pauses where none should exist does not, to my mind, fit well with Deighton’s narrative style and effortless mastery of technical detail.
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