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The Magic Army | [Leslie Thomas]

The Magic Army

The war, they said, would be over by Christmas. That was in 1939, and it is now January 1944. An exhausted Britain faces another year of conflict. Meanwhile, small coastal villages in Devon are facing an invasion from an army just as foreign as that of the Germans. The Americans are smart, well-fed and well-equipped, and they have swept the bewildered citizens of South Devon from their homes in deadly earnest rehearsal for D-Day.
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The war, they said, would be over by Christmas. That was in 1939, and it is now January 1944. An exhausted Britain faces another year of conflict.

Meanwhile, small coastal villages in Devon are facing an invasion from an army just as foreign as that of the Germans. The Americans are smart, well-fed and well-equipped, and they have swept the bewildered citizens of South Devon from their homes in deadly earnest rehearsal for D-Day.

As the beaches echo to the sound of bullets and the local church to the strains of Glenn Miller, Americans and English are thrown together with sometimes hilarious, sometimes painful and puzzling results.

©1981 Leslie Thomas (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks

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    St Johann in Tirol, Austria
    12/1/11
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    "Interesting but tedious"

    The subject matter is fascinating - how the army (American and British) cleared out a town so that they could practice their war manoeuvres. However I am now 8 hours into the story, have no affinity to any of the characters and am struggling to keep any interest in it. The narrator is also disappointing - perhaps not the best choice given the accents he is using in the narration. However every now and then there are sections which are a fascinating insight into life at that time - however not enough to make me sure that I will ever finish this recording (a first!)
    Summary: find a different source of information for this interesting subject.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    Northampton, United Kingdom
    12/3/11
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    "Disappointing"

    For the first time ever I am not sure I will finish listening to this book...while it has its moment where my interest is captured they are few and far between...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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