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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Some foxmarks on edges of text block of two volumes, signature on rear pastedown of Memoirs of An Infantry Officer (nick in the top of the spine panel of the dust jacket), but a fine set of Sassoon's semi-autobiographical memoirs. 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. It was in 1917, convalescing in 'Blighty' from a wound, that he decided to make a stand against the war. After a riding accident which put him out of action, in May 1915 he joined the Royal Welch Fusiliers as a second lieutenant. Men under his charge die instantly and largely without comment, or quietly suffer a life of indignity and squalor in the name of a country whose concerns and existence seem more than a world away.

The Flower-Show Match", an account of an annual village cricket match – an important fixture for those involved – in which young Sherston plays a significant part, was later published separately by Faber as a self-contained story.

He is referring to the fox and to someone about to alert the other riders and dogs to the proper direction taken by the fox.

All of the tragedies he witnesses are treated in this way, matter of fact; they are something to be regretted, but not something that one has any real power to change. One of the most fascinating (arguably, even modern) things about the book is that there's no knowing how to judge it. George Sherston is a university drop out without a job who has no intention of working or going back to Cambridge. Peppered throughout all of these reminiscences, however, are a host of amusing and varied secondary characters who make up the bulk of the hunting society and rural village community that are Sherston’s entire world.The final chapters of this, the first of his trilogy, set in the Somme, are in sharp contrast to his idyllic, carefree youth.

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