Readers Union Michael Joseph, April 1965. Book Club. Cloth. Used - Very Good / Very Good. Item #233962
Readers Union (bookclub) edition in very good dustjacket with mild darkening at margins. Not price clipped. Original British price 30s lower corner of front flap. Umber cloth with gold lettering. Red top stain. Sound binding, pulled some at head of spine still tight at bottom. Intact overall. With excellent, simple illustrations of Joyce Cary's own doing. There is an original Readers Union invoice, 'April 1965 choice', folded and laid in. This memoir of the what was called by those few who remembered, 'The First Balkan War', 1912-13. According to Walter Allen, from the vantage of 1960, 'For most of us, later, larger and more devastating wars, in one of which Cary was to' also 'fight and be wounded, have practically obliterated any knowledge we may once have had of the First Balkan War -- or, for that matter, of the Secon, which followed it within a few months...' This account by the novelist, Joyce Cary goes a short way (169 pages) toward reminding some of us about this war, which has since been followed by at least one other bloody conflict, the 1990s Balkan Wars, some would call it. Memories continue to confuse all this madness amongst so much horror the 20th century (and so the 21st) willingly dispenses.