Dead Cow Farm. Graves, Robert. 1918. Fairies and Fusiliers

Dead Cow Farm. Graves, Robert. 1918. Fairies and Fusiliers

When I was 16 I discovered a collection of poetry from the First World War, and I believe I kept that book out for several months. This was one of the treasures that I found there.

Suicide in the Trenches. Sassoon, Siegfried. 1918. Counter-Attack and Other Poems

Sassoon is another of my favorite poets. His work has a simple purity to which I can relate, and that makes the content more real. I can see him in a deep trench, scribbling by candlelight these bits and keeping them in a muddy notebook which never left his side. He survived the war.

Guardian Unlimited Books | The digested read

I’m in the middle of three books right now:

  • The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain. Excellent, not dry at all, with details that add, not distract
  • Frontiers of Complexity: The Search for Order in a Chaotic World. I imagine I will never finish this book, mostly because of it’s sheer complexity. Everytime I read a portion I get something new from it. Let’s just say there’s a lot of theoretical mathematics involved.
  • The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco. Wow… I just started this last night and read it until I passed out, nose to page. The syntax is different, and it is obviously a translation, but still so rich and personal. I am involved already.

Guardian Unlimited Books The digested read

I hate the Reader’s Digest versions, but somehow I think this is pretty slick. Enjoy, as I did.