Death of a Hero

Death of a Hero

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One of the great World War I antiwar novelsa€”honest, chilling, and brilliantly satirical 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 Classics. Our hero is George Winterbourne, who enlists in the British Expeditionary Army during the Great War and gets sent to France. After a rash of casualties leads to his promotion through the ranks, he grows increasingly cynical about the war and disillusioned by the hypocrisies of British society. Aldington's writing about Britain's ignorance of the tribulations of its soldiers is among the most biting ever published. Death of a Hero vividly evokes the morally degrading nature of combat as it rushes toward its astounding finish. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1, 700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.They went on to night-work again, and Winterbourne distinguished himself by pulling out of the ground a dud shell which the ... The nightly gas bombardments became worse than ever, and Winterbourne sometimes spent twelve hours a day in his gas-mask. ... Since Evans was now temporarily in command and had only Thompson to help him and about forty men available for work, they did only oneanbsp;...

Title:Death of a Hero
Author:Richard Aldington
Publisher:Penguin - 2013-02-26


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