Turned away from the Royal Canadian Air Force for his apparent youth and frailty, Farley Mowat joined the infantry in 1940. The young second lieutenant soon earned the trust of the soldiers under his command, and was known to bend army rules to secure a stout drink, or find warm if nonregulation clothing. But when Mowat and his regiment engaged with elite German forces in the mountains of Sicily, the optimism of their early days as soldiers was replaced by despair. With a naturalist's eyes and ears, Mowat takes in the full dark depths of war; his moving account of military service, and the friends he left behind, is also a plea for peace.
|Publisher:||Douglas and McIntyre (2013) Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Farley Mowat was born in Belleville, Ontario, in 1921. He began writing upon his return from serving in World War II, and has since written 44 books. He spent much of his youth in Saskatoon, and has lived in Ontario, Cape Breton and Newfoundland, while travelling frequently to Canada's far north. Throughout, Mowat has remained a determined environmentalist, despairing at the ceaseless work of human cruelty. Yet his ability to capture the tragic comedy of human life on earth has made him a national treasure in Canada, and a beloved storyteller to readers around the world. His internationally celebrated books include People of the Deer , The Dog Who Wouldn't Be , A Whale for the Killing , and The Boat Who Wouldn't Float.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Outstanding and emotionally wrenching memoir of the Sicilian and early part of the Italian campaigns. The book start off with hijinks and comedy, but progressively descends into despair and terror. Highly recommended.
Mowat's chilling account of his Canadian Regiment's close-combat in the Italian countryside. This tale of the usual WWII fare - confusion, poor equipment, poor planning, bravery, tenacity, fatigue and terror - ends abruptly as Mowat fights exhaustion and battle fatigue in the heat (and cold) of battle.
I've read many war memoirs, especially WWII, and this is one of the best. Mowat offers a fast-paced narrative of the decent into hell that was his experience as a Canadian officer during the invasion of Sicily and Italy by Allied forces in 1943. He offers no gloss or unnecessary assumptions, he simply recounts what he remembers of the experiences. If you were moved by Band of Brothers, you'll likely find And No Birds Sang a gripping tale of the expectations of glory in battle being crushed by the horrors of war.
Bittersweet rememberances of life as a subaltern in a Canadian regiment. They started out as gung-ho volunteers and ended up as tough, competent soldiers; but the transition was costly in friends, values and painful memories.
Heard about this book online and it's raw portrayal of Mr. Mowat war experience serving in the Canadian Hasting & Prince Edward Regiment - "Hasting Pees." Covers his experience in Sicilian landings and Southern Italian front facing the "Hermann Goring Division." Raw look at the front line hell. I has read a lot of books about individual war experiences and this is one of the best.