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FREE MOBI ï DOC Stridens skönhet och sorg Första världskriget i 212 korta kapitel 9781846683428 ¹ PETER ENGLUND Ì Four devastating years told by twenty eyewitnesses showing not just what the First World War was but what it was like to live throughThere All now unknown he explores the everyday aspects of war not only the tragedy and horror but also the absurdity monotony and even beauty Two of these twenty will perish two will become prisoners of war two will become celebrated heroes and two others end up as physical wrecks One of them goes mad another will never hear a shot firedFollowing soldiers Disclaimer I won this book in a giveaway sponsored by Regal Literary Englund’s book isn’t a history of the First World War at least not a normal history Following the experiences of twenty nobodies The Beauty and the Sorrow showcases the experience of people during the war from the battlefields to the nursing stations to the home front His cast is diverse Germans Brits Americans nurses one house wife and a schoolgirl The book is organized by year and jumps around The people come and go and not everyone makes it The book is about personal experience than the general battle though Englund does include a timeline for each year So the reader discovers what the nurses went through or hears about cavalry man who had to see to the death of his horse and then eat the gelding If works such as Tuchman’s give you a global scope this is intimate and far important because of that In the 100 years since the War it is important that we remember it simply because of how it changed everything IN the US we don’t really think about it and while the National Mall in DC does boast a WW I memorial it is for those from the area not a National memorial like for the other wars This book deals with the war in a far intimate way and does not romanticize it in a way that certain televised dramas do Highly recommended for history bluffs Highly recommended for everyone

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And sailors nurses and government workers from Britain Russia Germany Australia and South America and in theatres of war often neglected by major histories on the period Englund reconstructs their feelings impressions experiences and moods This is a piece of anti history it brings this epoch making event back to its smallest component the individua Totally different perspective of the Great War told through the experiences of twenty uniue participants woven gracefully together by the author

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Stridens skönhet och sorg Första världskriget i 212 korta kapitelFour devastating years told by twenty eyewitnesses showing not just what the First World War was but what it was like to live throughThere are many books on the First World War but award winning and bestselling historian Peter Englund takes a daring and stunning new approach Describing the experiences of twenty ordinary people from around the world For obvious reasons writers and historians usually approach history from the top down The focus is on the kings and emperors and presidents and field marshals and generals who make the big decisions that set the dominoes falling To be sure any writer worth his salt will throw in a few viewpoints from the common man for a bit of color; mainly though history is told through the eyes of the fellows atop the organizational flowchartThis is all well and good if your sole object in reading a history book is to learn in broad strokes what happened I’ve always been of a mind though that history is than a timeline or a recounting or a description of abstract politicalculturalsocioeconomic movements It is the story of normal people in extraordinary times The central conceit of Peter Englund’s The Beauty and the Sorrow is to upend the usual construct and give us a history as told from the ground floor As the subtitle states this is an intimate history of World War ITo that end he has chosen to follow the lives of twenty men and women throughout the cataclysm of the Great War With a couple exceptions – the glaring one being famed Belgium fighter ace Willy Coppens – these individuals come to us unknown They are from thirteen different countries They are soldiers sailors nurses politicians and civilians fleeing an oncoming army Some of them see battle; others never fire a shot; still others are far away from the front linesEnglund divides his book into five chapters – one chapter for each year of the war from 1914 1918 – as well as a concluding chapter that sort of attempts to tie up loose ends At the start of each chapter is a broad chronology of major events taking place that year The chapters themselves are constructed much like a diary There will be a heading with the date and then a short introduction telling you which character is involved where that person is and what heshe is doing Englund does his best to minimize his own presence He writes in the present tense again mimicking a diary or journal and maintains the oft constricted viewpoint of his chosen character referring geopolitical contexts and broader explanations to footnotesThe prose is oddly lifeless At first I attributed this to the translation from Swedish to English Upon further reflection though I think it was intentional When Englund directly uotes his characters their words often leap off the page with piercing details exceptional insights and flashes of real elegance In keeping his own writing minimalist and uninflected I think Englund was just staying out of the way For instance at the beginning of 1918 we meet up with Pal Kelemen a twenty year old Austro Hungarian cavalryman He watches an Italian bomber crashBy the time I get there the body of the Italian flying captain killed by a machine gun bullet is laid out on the turf beside the planeThe Italian officer is clad in a full leather suit his faultless elegance disturbed only by the angle at which his cap is crushed over his clean shaven face A fine worked silver wrist watch ticks on unshaken and the whole body stretched out at ease seems to be only sleepingWe search his pockets; his portfolio is handed to me Besides letters banknotes slips of paper there is a double folded card in a hard black binding “Season tickets to the circus Verona”Here on this barren shell plowed field the circus is just a printed name on a piece of cardboard The glittering lamps at the base of the box rows the grubbed up carpet of the sawdust the snapping whip of the ringmaster the bareback rider with her tulle skirt and flashing jewels and all the other endless delights of youth have been left behind forever by one young lifeI should like to slide the card back under the bloodstained shirt so that as in pagan times when everything that served the hero followed him