Geoffrey Radcliffe

Geoffrey Radcliffe reviews 'Confederates' by Thomas Keneally

February–March 1980, no. 18 01 February 1980
Geoffrey Radcliffe reviews 'Confederates' by Thomas Keneally
On one of the early chaotic army days of World War II in France, I was combining the disagreeable tasks of eating and censoring letters home written by the men in my section. One letter was of the ‘hope-this­finds-you-as-it-leaves-me’ variety, but it contained five words that stood out in the surrounding illiteracy: ‘War is a be bleed in bastid’. It was a statement that became an epit ... (read more)