Undertones of War, Paperback Book
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In what is one of the finest autobiographies to come out of the First World War, the distinguished poet Edmund Blunden records his experiences as an infantry subaltern in France and Flanders.

Blunden took part in the disastrous battles of the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele, describing the latter as 'murder, not only to the troops, but to their singing faiths and hopes'.

In his compassionate yet unsentimental prose, he tells of the heroism and despair found among the officers.

Blunden's poems show how he found hope in the natural landscape; the only thing that survives the terrible betrayal enacted in the Flanders fields.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780141184364

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This memoir focused more of the page count on the author's experiences in the trenches. It was written after the fact as he reviewed his diary and letters from the war. One gets the feeling from the book that he decided it was all hopeless early on but he soldiered on bravely to the end of the war nevertheless. While he has a line or two of poetry here or there my copy had a section in the back full of poetry he wrote during the war.

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