Good-Bye To All That: An Autobiography
  • Good-Bye To All That: An Autobiography
  • Good-Bye To All That: An Autobiography
ISBN: 0385093306
EAN13: 9780385093309
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 1, 1958
Pages: 347
Dimensions: 1" H x 7.9" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

In this autobiography, first published in 1929, poet Robert Graves traces the monumental and universal loss of innocence that occurred as a result of the First World War. Written after the war and as he was leaving his birthplace, he thought, forever, Good-Bye to All That bids farewell not only to England and his English family and friends, but also to a way of life. Tracing his upbringing from his solidly middle-class Victorian childhood through his entry into the war at age twenty-one as a patriotic captain in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, this dramatic, poignant, often wry autobiography goes on to depict the horrors and disillusionment of the Great War, from life in the trenches and the loss of dear friends, to the stupidity of government bureaucracy and the absurdity of English class stratification. Paul Fussell has hailed it as the best memoir of the First World War and has written the introduction to this new edition that marks the eightieth anniversary of the end of the war. An enormous success when it was first issued, it continues to find new readers in the thousands each year and has earned its designation as a true classic.

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   this remains one of the finest books on encountering war
There are portions of the book written with tongue firmly in cheek, altered to fit continuity, or altered for the need for drama, but this remains one of the finest books on war. The culture shock of a young, early-20 th Century British male slamming into the violence of war dominated by machine might seem to narrow its relevance, but that shock is far more universal than people who have not encountered it. For those trying to understand the experience of combat but also for other veterans who are looking for a way to find a voice for their own experiences, I recommend this. Graves may provide some openings and ideas that are needed.
   Twilight for the young.
During World War One, Robert Graves wrote a novel about a privileged life in the trenches of Belgium and France. He knew many of the people. The literati are painters and thinkers. Then war came about. Paul Fussell believes it to be a masterpiece. It must have been in its time, but it isn't as moving today. Graves was the quirkiest of classicists and he is equally quirky as a memoirist. 5 out of 5.
   Essential Reading
Robert Grave's Good- bye to All That and Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front are essential reading for anyone studying WWI. If you' re a fan of Graves and his books, you' ll probably enjoy this book, as you' ll learn a lot about Graves and his friends and acquaintances.
Robert Graves has written many fine works, but this is not one of them. I think it shows that he needed money so he wrote the book over a short period of time. The book doesn't list any emotional impact or introspection. The period written about is devastating for those involved, but he doesn't write about it in his writing. The emperor is not wearing clothes. This dwarfs All Quiet on the Western Front.
   He was a honest writer. He was not into self aggrandizement.
I highly recommend this book if you are a student of World War 1. It's an autobiography of his life. Graves was mentioned in a book on Ww1 and I had never heard of him before. He was asked by T E Lawrence to write his biography. If you' re interested, I highly recommend that book. His writing style is easy to understand. He was a short story writer and a poet. I know he was a prolix writer. The British class system and the waste of human life by incompetent British commanders were some of the things he ended up with. He was criticized by other people. I think he was spot on in his studies of the war.
   Robert Graves' WWI
The narrative of Graves' book is beautiful. He joined to avoid going to Oxford. The war was supposed to last a few months. He didn't think he would end up in the trenches. His early days at school were cruel. It was enough to join the army to escape more education. His war experiences and stories are timeless because they are clear and honest. As part of the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War I, the book is being read at all of the libraries in my county, but it will remain in my home library.
   Highly recommend. It is no accident that it is a ...
An outstanding book. A lot of honesty with a' matter of fact'. Killing of prisoners and atrocities are subjects that are not usually talked about, so they are very enlightening. It starts a little slow but once he puts on his uniform, you really notice. Highly recommend. It is obvious that it is a classic.