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Originally Posted by clockwise View Post

I'd like to read Goodbye to all that. I understand it should be very very good.

It is.

I know that there were two editions - the original, which was published in 1929, and then a later edition, published in the 1950s.

"Goodbye to All That" is available in the "Popular Penguins" series. I assume that it's a reprint of the second edition from the 1950s:

post #1712 of 1713
And speaking of Graves and "Goodbye to All That", you might be interested in reading Siegfried Sassoon's trilogy, particularly the middle volume:

- Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man;
- Memoirs of an Infantry Officer; and
- Sherston's Progress.

Sassoon was a contemporary of Graves, and the two met in the army in World War I.

Sassoon is mentioned in "Goodbye to All That", and Graves is mentioned pseudonymously in "Memoirs of an Infantry Officer".

I know that many will have done so already, but it's also well worth reading Sassoon's poetry from WWI, too, for its stark beauty and simplicity and for its brutal excoriation of the British generals for their conduct of the war (particularly since April 25 is ANZAC Day here in Australia).
post #1713 of 1713
23. Bad Day in Blackrock

Bad Day In BlackrockBad Day In Blackrock by Kevin Power

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bad Day in Blackrock tells the story of a young man kicked to death in a fight outside a Dublin nightclub. Power's narrator recounts these events and their aftermath from the viewpoints of the different players in the tragedy. Those involved in the fracas, their friends, the families of the victims and those of the accused all share the spotlight. Power is not judgmental; none of his characters are out-and-out villains, and few are blameless, either.

The book is a cold, hard look at privilege and the old school tie, and what happens when the people who have always benefited from that system find themselves facing the grim reality of the police, the law courts and social ostracism. It also explores the complex gradations of privileged society, where some are more equal than others, but few can really explain why.

This is a taut, beautifully-written crime novel where Power unfolds the details in his plot by examining his characters' actions, rather than having some kind of investigator character uncover it for us. A terrific read.

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