Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man

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Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man

Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man

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The first two thirds of this book is devoted to fox-hunting, horse racing, cricket matches, reading, gazing longingly at young men he admired, and enjoying what would turn out to be the last few years of a naivety that England would never be able to reclaim.

So, we are immersed in rural Kent, with servants and horses and steam trains and a bucolic life of gentle pursuits. According to Keynes, 'This special printing was an afterthought, made when the success of the ordinary edition was assured and the identity of the author known'. It won both the Hawthornden Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, being immediately recognised as a classic of English literature.Nowadays these same picturesque little villages are more likely to hold bankers on weekend retreats, adulterous retirees, and women pulling in six figures selling gold lamé tea-towels on Etsy. It is a semi-autobiographical novel that tells one man's experience at the end of England's Edwardian summer. Provides an endearing account of the end of life in rural England followed by a gritty account of the trenches in WWI. The first volume is one of 260 copies, the second one of 750 copies and the third one of 300 copies.

There are beautiful passages on the English countryside and the reader surfs pleasantly throughout though each turn of the page harbors the dark anticipation of what is about to happen.This novel is a fictionalised account of Sassoon's experiences during and immediately following the First World War; it was an instant success, eclipsing his earlier work, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, and remains a literary classic of the period. There was a moment when I suddenly realised that there was a great deal more going on than was immediately apparent on the surface. For it was my own countryside, and I loved it with an intimate feeling, though all its associations were crude and incoherent. An uncommon copy of Sassoon's classic tale, with a particularly intriguing blurb 'This is fiction, but with a difference for the author, who wishes at present to remain anonymous, has lived himself the life of his hero.

In 1911, Sassoon read ‘The Intermediate Sex’ by Edward Carpenter, a book about homosexuality which was a revelation for Sassoon. Not sure where that idea goes (if anywhere) and I am also reading David Jones at the moment and he may well contradict the above. From the collection of David Levine, Sydney, with his book label on verso of the upper free endpaper. Memoirs Of A Fox-Hunting Man Siegfried Sassoon Early Days - The Flower Show Match - A Fresh Start - A Day With the Potford - At the Rectory - The Colonel's Cup - Denis Milden as Master -Migration of the Midlands - In the Army - At the front Originally published in 1928.Slightly Foxed introduces its readers to books that are no longer new and fashionable but have lasting appeal.

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