In Men at Arms, the first book in the Sword of Honour trilogy, we were introduced to Guy Crouchback. Catholic, 35-years-old, and divorced, he saw the outbreak of World War II as the opportunity for glory and dedication.
In Officers and Gentlemen we meet Guy again. He’s now attached to a commando unit undergoing training on the Hebridean Isle of Mugg, where the whisky flows freely and H. M. Forces have to show the proper respect for the Laird.
But the high comedy of Mugg is followed by the bitterness of Crete - and all the chaos and indignity of a total withdrawal or surrender.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Anyone who has had to go through the military would probably experience Guy's experiences even as Guy doesn't even know it is happening to him. He does a decent job with other pulling his strings or using him for no intense purpose. He is a good man yet the powers that be contrive to direct him away from his best interest. The characters he meets are wonderful and interesting but don't seem to help him, even if he isn't after a payback or help. The one time he does become rather selfish, he is at peace, but this is soon broken as he is pulled back into a world that flippantly ignores his needs. I laughed and sighed reading this book but best of all I loved it. Worth the listen to but not on its own, listen to it as part of the series.
Do not know
Guy of course.
It all amused me.
I felt I was there in most of the scenes. Entertaining and educational.
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