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This week is a week of remembrance, for the Armistices after two hideous world wars, and for the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. I went to the Menin Gate evening ceremony last week at Ypres, in Belgium, under the vast arch that has the names of the Allied soldiers who died in the First World War but whose bodies weren’t found. It was very moving, and very sad, because nothing much seems to have changed. The militarisation of the ceremony, while respectful to the soldiers who died, is not conducive to de-militarising responses to conflict. So this week’s collection of reviews are about the effects of war and the acts of war on civilians and soldiers alike.
On Monday Kate reviews Fred’s War by Andrew Davidson, written around the war photographs of his grandfather, an army doctor in France from 1914-15.
On Tuesday Jackie delves into a new (to her) website all about the First World War.
On Wednesday Hilary considers a classic case of World War I Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in fiction: Lord Peter Wimsey.
On Thursday Kirsty D reads Not So Quiet by Helen Zenna Smith, one of the great British women’s memoirs from the First World War.
On Friday RosyB revisits Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and wrestles with Chinua Achebe’s accusations of racism in his famous reading of the text.
On Saturday Jackie compares the new hardback edition of The Journal of the American Revolution with the website that inspired it.
The poppies image is taken with thanks from http://www.stopwar.org.uk/