Wednesday, 29 October 2014

004. Literary wish list

At the risk of this sounding like a sponsored post (believe me, it isn't), I do have a few items in my wish list that are very much connected to my (second to the most) previous post.

Apart from Rilla of Ingleside, my high school teacher gave assigned readings whose authors included Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, and Rupert Brooke, among others--literature that got me hooked on the history and literature of that time. I tried looking for these books when I was doing my undergraduate studies; sadly, I wasn't able to find or procure any. It isn't really easy to get one's hands on books about the First World War, or the Great War, as it was known then. Most of the books I saw were about the Second World War.

When I went to law school, the university I studied in boasted a library that had plenty of books covering any subject, any time period. The only thing I lacked then was time. Nevertheless, I found a book about the poets--Wilfrid Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, and Rupert Brooke (there were many others, but their work stood out--at least for me). Sadly, I had to transfer to another school, and my plans of a Great War literary hunt were shelved.

I have to admit--I have not researched enough, I have not tried hard enough to locate every single book related to that time period. But I am going to try--not because it is the centennial of World War I, but because I want to start digging for more. And there are so many books, poems, authors and poets that I have missed! So many that I do not know where to start. Luckily for me, there's Tumblr! One Tumblr blog called One Great War was a good resource--there's so much I still need to know, and I can't wait to start! One of the books recommended in that blog was Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth. The book was a memoir of a young woman who worked as a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse). Her brother and fiance went to fight in 1914. By the time the war ended, Brittain's brother, and fiance were killed.

Works by modern authors like Sebastian Faulks (Birdsong) and Pat Mills (Charley's War) were also recommended.

At the risk of this entry becoming a full fledged babble, I shall list the books/poetry that I would like to read in random order. Since it's still my birth month, I'm still accepting gifts. Hahahaha just kidding. Don't worry, it's not a long list.

1. The Testament of Youth- Vera Brittain

2. A Farewell To Arms- Ernest Hemingway

3. Birdsong-Sebastian Faulks

4. The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry (Revised edition, 1997)

5. The Regeneration Trilogy-Pat Barker

6. Charley's War-Pat Mills (I have learned later on that this work is actually a graphic novel, but I'd still like to have it, nevertheless!)

*(new) 7. The War That Ended Peace, Margaret MacMillan

*(new) 8. The First World War, Hew Strachan

That's all I have for now, but hopefully, over time, the list will expand!

*Both 7 and 8 are already procured, still finishing them!

Till then!

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