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The Middle Parts of Fortune February 6, 2010

Posted by Sean Welsh in reviews.

I found this book by Frederick Manning while on my morning walk from McMahons Point to Balls Head. It was left in a pile out the front of a house along with some other knick knacks seeking to be taken away. I had never heard of the book but the fact that Ernest Hemingway described it as ‘The finest and noblest book of men in war that I have ever read’ induced me to pick it up. I duly read it and was suitably impressed. It is written as a novel and is very realistic. It is certainly of a similar quality to ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’, ‘A Farewell to Arms’, ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ and ‘Homage to Catalonia’. Can’t figure out why it is not as famous…



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