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Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man

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Light bumping, rubbing, and sunning, slight browning to endpapers, various leaves unopened: a very good, internally fresh set.

Quite clean interior with 296 untrimmed pages; and illustrated by William Nicholson with 7 black and white plates of which most have a rather frayed tissue guard, and further drawings in the text. Sure he can get away with this because he has an income and his aunt, who he still lives with, covers his expenses anyway. The Sherston trilogy: Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man; Memoirs of an Infantry Officer; Sherston's Progress. As I was carried past it all I was lazily aware through my dreaming and unobservant eyes that this was the sort of world I wanted. Not sure where that idea goes (if anywhere) and I am also reading David Jones at the moment and he may well contradict the above.Prior to its publication, Siegfried Sassoon's reputation rested entirely on his poetry, mostly written during and about World War I. Although a novel, this is strongly autobiographical and there is no doubt that the protagonist, George Sherston, is Sassoon. He is there to enjoy the ride, the jumping of fences, and the comradery of men intent on the same purpose. Sassoon seemed to enjoy it as an opportunity to enjoy the countryside and jump a lot of fences at high speed; an early extreme sport, if you will.

A little weasel runs past my outstretched feet, looking at me with tiny bright eyes, apparently unafraid. As the centenary of WW1 is passing by us now, a book such as this - along with Goodbye to all That by Graves - are timely reminders of how people felt then. Through Tennant, he later met the poet Siegfried Sassoon and his wife Hester, to both of whom Whistler became close. Anyway, it's that lost world of rural Britain that is evoked in this affecting memoir – fictionalised memoir, I should say, because Sassoon also wrote some ‘straight’ non-fiction versions of his childhood, which most critics seem to think were less interesting than this putative novel. There have been major events, but we have come to expect massive upheaval and really, this is primarily due to what happened between 1914 and 1918.All three volumes are in very good condition, with only very slight discolouration to edges of boards and minimal wear to jacket edges; internally clean and bright with slight yellowing to endpapers in volume 2 ('Infantry Officer'). He is referring to the fox and to someone about to alert the other riders and dogs to the proper direction taken by the fox.

It will all be compressed very shortly when he finds himself among the bombs, blood, and horror of war. Hardcover Good Coward McCann 1930 first American edition Hardcover, with no dust jacket Cover shows some edgewear on extremities, fairly minor Pages unmarked Binding sound. There’s the smell of leather saddles, whips, players sweating it out on the cricket field, detailed descriptions of masculine faces, clothing and dapper soldiers in uniform. Sherston's life is gloriously free from worry or responsibility, but there's a dark cloud on the horizon; we can see it getting ever closer as the years advance towards 1914, but Sherston is blissfully unaware. This is the first of Siegfried Sassoon’s trilogy relating to the First World War; part of my reading for the anniversary this year.Graves and Sassoon did fight and saw the chaos of war and the shattering of lives and they both went off on other tangents rather than embracing modernism. The best friend of Sherston’s youth is probably his groom and all-around gentleman’s gentleman Tom Dixon who is the primary influence in making young George into a “sporting man”. He refuses to drink her tea and sits in moody silence – and eventually realises his attitude to the dear old woman is "odious". With classics such as Ted Hughes's The Iron Man and award-winners including Emma Carroll's Letters from the Lighthouse, Faber Children's Books brings you the best in picture books, young reads and classics.

Sassoon's turn of phrase, his observations, characterisations, and his self- deprecating humour, as he recounts his (or George Sherston's) boyhood, and life as a 'foxhunting man'. Nellie Burton met Siegfried Sassoon through Robbie Ross, and had formerly been Ross's mother's maid.Yes, Mr Sassoon, a clever ‘read-between-the-lines’ approach but, in the same token, it must have been agonising to default to subterfuge and not be permitted to express yourself honestly.

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