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More filters. Sort order. Feb 13, Richard Pearce rated it really liked it. Interesting use of poetic writing.
May 15, Steven rated it liked it. This was an interesting mix of armchair philosophy and battle stories. I think the most intriguing part was how few battles he recounted, and also how many of his comrades were killed in accidents rather than by enemy action. The shifts between styles, of random philosophizing and more down-to-earth story-telling were a bit abrupt, and I found myself wanting both more details of his adventures and a more in-depth consideration of the points he puts across regarding war and other ideas.
What was missing from it, in essence, was the poetry. And now here is a book which is mostly poetry, or at least a kind of elegiac wistfulness. First published in under the title Eskimo Nel sic - although the British Library catalogue does not mention a book with that title , it was republished in a new edition in and has now come out again.
You don't hear of many books by authors you've probably never heard of being reissued like that. Perhaps it helps that it has a foreword by Group Captain Peter Townsend, itself an extraordinary piece of writing. At one point he remembers with complete clarity how he reacted in the face of what he had every reason to believe was to be his death: "When an Me made a proper mess of my aircraft and me, I heard myself mutter 'Christ It would seem that Jim Bailey is, or was, cut from similar material.
We have a fixed image of the kind of men who became fighter pilots and imagine them to be all Brylcreem and clipped gung-ho; but it was also a statistical likelihood that among the recruits and volunteers would be those who were artists of a sort.
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