The Missing of the Somme
Orion Publishing Group, Limited, 2009 - Somme, 1st Battle of the, France, 1916 - 157 pages
'Head bowed, rifle on his back, a soldier is silhouetted against the going down of the sun, looking at the grave of a dead comrade, remembering him. A photograph from the war, is also a photograph of the way the war will be remembered. It is a photograph of the future, of the future's view of the past. We will remember them'Relying more on personal impressions than systematic analysis, Geoff Dyer weaves a network of myth and memory that illuminates our own relation to the past.
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Review: The Missing of the SommeUser Review - Zachary Powell - Goodreads
Fantastic writing by Dyer. The man is thoughtful and runs the gauntlet of expressions of the war from pictorial to sculpture to poetry. A great companion piece to Fussell's _The Great War and Modern Memory_. Read full review
Review: The Missing of the SommeUser Review - William Kirkland - Goodreads
Written for a British audience and that of his generation, Dyer visits war memorials, massive grave-fields, looks at photographs, reads poems and fiction to understand "the effect of the idea of the ... Read full review