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Death of a Hero: A Novel – Richard Aldington


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Sphere, 1968, Vintage Paperback – Modern Classics – 376pp.

One of the great World War I anti war novels—honest, chilling, and brilliantly satirical.
Based on the author’s experiences on the Western Front.

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.

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