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The Sword of Honour Trilogy

Written by Neal on September 24th, 2008

Title: The Sword of Honour Trilogy
Author: Evelyn Waugh
Year: 1886

The hallucination was dissolved, like the whales and the turtles on the voyage from Crete, and he was back after less than two years’ pilgrimage in a Holy Land of illusion in the old ambiguous world, where priests were spies and gallant friends proved traitors and his country was led blundering into dishonour.

This series is not quite what you would expect for material relating to WWII. It is humorous in many parts, but it does have sober moments of tragedy and suffering.

The three books in the Trilogy are Men at Arms, Officers and Gentlemen, and Unconditional Surrender. It tells of a gentleman whose family is extremely old and respected, and now broke. He joins the army for his own glory and experiences many events over the war.

What I really liked about the novel was how it presented the British army. Many times the solders were moved around in chaos, and most of the operations were cancelled in the eleventh hour. The bureaucracy of the military, in all of its strange glory, is brilliantly presented throughout the series. A good read; funny, well written and engaging.

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