Based on the author’s experiences on the Western Front, Richard Aldington’s first novel, Death of a Hero, finally joins the ranks of Penguin. Death of a Hero has ratings and 40 reviews. Douglas said: This book initially came into my hands when I was fifteen years old, and found, by chance. Death of a Hero: Richard Aldington: best and best known novel, Death of a Hero (), to which All Men Are Enemies () was a sequel, reflected the.

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Intriguingly, Aldington’s book covers the latter stages of the war, when the Allied armies defeated those of Germany, which are absent from the better known books of Robert Graves and Edmund Blunden. Erudite, witty, satirical and compassionate, Death of a Hero took my breath away. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse 2 months ago. Again, this is something that Remarque would no doubt totally agree with, but since his focus is elsewhere it is not fleshed out nearly so well.

The first two thirds of the book tell the story of the titular hero, George Winterbourne, and his family. Although it is best known as an antiwar novel, Death of a Hero is approximately two thirds complete before George Winterbourne joins the army. During the war, while Aldington was in France, his wife, H. He married fellow poet H. Once the narrative got to the war it was very engaging and Aldington was skilled in emerging the reader in the action.

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There are things which were way over my head; but I’m so glad that I didn’t give up. It was a joy – and surprise – to read, and it is a novel that, now I’ve found it, I will read over and over again. That last third of the story is very good, but not good enough to make up for the boredom that one must experience before aldingtpn it.


Death of a Hero

Jun 15, Bobiczdoh rated it liked it. Lots of introspection and observation, so if you deatb action in your literature, this may not be the book for you.

Hornfischer “Shadows on the Sea”, Helen Silvester. Nov 25, Natalya rated it it was amazing. The first part details George’s family history.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. That relationship cuts to akdington heart of the book, and the difference between Remarque and Aldington. How, by contrast, do Winterbourne and Aldington appear to define what is manly, and how do their ideas contrast with the prevailing view?

The point is made repeatedly and with little subtlety.

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The novel is broken into thirds. Aldington joined the British Army in and served as an officer in the storied Royal Sussex Regiment. Moving House … 1 year ago. What, for Aldington, are the potentially saving experiences of life?

Published by Hogarth Press first published A Lifetime of Books. He if on the front for some time. Cornflower Blues, 11 hours ago. Reading between the lines, much of this may be laid at his own door; he seems to have found it difficult to sustain friendly relationships with other writers, or to come to terms with the lack of success which some of his books encountered, though much of this may well be the enduring long term after effects of shell shock, which was not in those days recognised as a disease requiring treatment, except in extreme cases, and certainly not on an ongoing basis herp know that he suffered from severe headaches in later life.


That he was a fine writer there can be no doubt; his biography of Wellington won the prestigious James Tait Black Memorial Prize. We see his struggle in society, in love, with himself. Aldington is an excellent narrator although the dialogue is pretty average.

He noticed that there were very few occupants of the benches – the War found work for everyone. This novel is not the usual war novel, and even if the war, the war experience inspired by the q real experience of war is an important part of the novel, the novel concentrate on the English society, the death of a generation who did not ask for what they were forced to do, to go through.

When the war begins, and carries on, they still have no idea what it is really like; to them the British Tommies are heroic gentlemen, and the Germans are barbaric scum. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Moving to London, he begins a thoroughly modern relationship with Elizabeth; both agree that they should be free to take other lovers.

Death of a Hero by Richard Aldington

But the poignancy of Aldington’s scathing, bitter novel struck me in his perfect descriptions of PTSD shell-shock. Moreau Recap 7 years ago.

Aug 18, Elena rated it it was amazing.

May 17, Douglas rated it it was amazing. I felt my own heart tighten.