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Read "Generals Die in Bed" by Charles Yale Harrison available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. All war is hell. But for. Generals Die in Bed is Harrison's famous novel, often called “the great Canadian war novel.” An unnamed young Canadian soldier's account of. Generals Die in Bed is an anti-war novella by the Canadian writer Charles Yale Harrison. Based on the author's own experiences in combat, it tells the story of a .

So this year it was this short book set in world war 1 and the trenches. This story was raw and honest in its telling, it wasn't pretty and sweet and loving.

It was mud and lice and rats and guns and death and a lot of walking and then more of the same. You get to In New Zealand we remember war and death on the 25 April every year and there are serves held all over the country on this day.

You get to know some of the men but don't get attached because some came to a heart breaking end. These men went through so much for us, for our freedom they gave up there's. Feb 04, Tommy rated it really liked it. This is a seminal work, written and published before All Quiet on the Western Front, which bears a strong resemblance to it.

The life of a Canadian soldier in the trenches of World War I allowed little room for nobility or love or friendship, filled as it was with rats, lice, poison gas, the ubiquitous stench of death and the few shattered yards of polluted mud which became his whole world.

Written in the simple, flat style of Hemingway, this is a Canadian classic. Sep 09, Catherine rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am still haunted by the images this author shares, I can't imagine how anyone returned home sane. It is especially powerful because of the narrator; extraordinary descriptions of complete hell in simple written observations.

No explanations, no justifications, just 'this is what we did, this is what we saw'. An absolute must-read for everyone. Far from a cheerful read, however one that needs to be read as it tells a young soldier's story from his own experiences. Lest we forget. Feb 02, Rob Baker rated it it was amazing Shelves: A straight-forward and stark novelization of a front-line Canadian solider in WWI. Harrison portrays the brutal conditions of fighting and of waiting to fight, and how both can bring out the best and the worst in people.

The graphic battle scenes are very disturbing now and were no doubt extremely shocking when the book first came out in The author also movingly depicts the touching relationship our hero forges when he gets a week's leave and how hard it is for him to adjust to civilian liv A straight-forward and stark novelization of a front-line Canadian solider in WWI.

The book via the conversations and ruminations of its characters questions the forces that create war, that keep it going, and that profit from it. Additionally, it mourns for the generations of young men and women whose fate it is to reach young adulthood at the times when that means many will be sent to war and killed.

I don't agree with all of the conclusions the book seems to draw about war, but the main storyline and the portrayals of the day-to-day life of our hero and his comrades are sympathetically and powerfully depicted. Jan 01, Frank Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: His short page memoir of the war is a brutal, bloody and shattering account of what was supposed to be a glorious war. Mud, lice, horrific deaths, emptiness, hunger - the daily existence of the average soldier is indescribable.

But Harrison does an extraordinary job in such a short work. It is a true classic of World War I literature.

Sep 13, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: This along with All Quiet on the Western Front including the movie , helps keep war from being romanticized.

Mar 28, Emily Janzne rated it really liked it. This book shines light on the sad, ugly, and horrific parts of the war that is usually glossed over in modern media. It tells the story how it is and leaves out no detail no matter how small.

If you are looking for a historically accurate serious representation of WW1, this book is for you. Generals Die in Bed was published a year later, in , by an American, Charles Yale Harrison, who had enlisted in the Canadian Army and fought during the climax of the war, The way in which Harrison throws the reader into the heat of the action through the use of present tense and the to ARC provided by Net Galley I remember reading All Quiet on the Western Front and being shocked by the stark, brutally honest portrayal of the reality of fighting in the trenches during World War I.

The way in which Harrison throws the reader into the heat of the action through the use of present tense and the total exposure to all the violence and inequality of trench warfare makes it feel like non-fiction, not a novel. I had to keep reminding myself that this was fiction because it felt so incredibly real. The sequences are disjointed, tossing you from rest to the trenches and back over and over with the narrator so much that it becomes a confusing mess.

I don't think this is a weakness of the book, it seems to accurately depict what the men experienced and left me unable to put it down. This book deserves to be ranked with All Quiet on the Western Front and A Farewell to Arms as some of the very best fiction to come out of that brutal period. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in what World War I was like, with the caveat that it holds nothing back and can be both heartbreaking and horrifying to read.

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Jan 21, Nikki rated it really liked it Shelves: For a book that I was forced to read for school, I was pleasantly surprised. It is a short novel and very easy to read. The writing is very accessible and almost modern in its style. The story is heartbreaking, revealing the realities of war through the eyes of a young soldier and the illusions they shatter.

I recommend it for a quick read or to anyone interested in WWI. Now if only I didn't have to write an essay it would be perfect. Aug 14, Emily rated it did not like it Shelves: I had to read this as part of my 12th grade English curriculum and it pretty much bored me to tears.

Most people I know that disliked the novel also harbor a dislike of war narratives, but I'm not in that category at all. Jan 29, Pam Tickner rated it it was amazing. Beautifully written honest account of the horrors of World War I. A must read. Jun 13, Denis rated it it was ok. Its simple and uncompromising prose is satisfying to read I'd never heard of this book until I read an article about it in the newspaper, but my husband read it in school.

Similar to All Quiet on the Western Front, but less graphic. Nov 29, Jocelyn rated it really liked it. Awesome read. Sep 03, Ronah rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I had to read this book for history class. This is the reflection paragraph that I had to write in the book report. My overall opinion of this book is that it exposes the true experiences of men at war by separating it from the presumed glamour and excitement extremely well.

It causes a feeling of disappointment as the novel reveals the truth that war was not as good as it was believed to be, such as the slaughter of German soldiers at the Battle of Amiens. I appreciated the anonymity of the mai I had to read this book for history class. I appreciated the anonymity of the main character because it allowed us to relate more to being the main character ourselves.

This is because the first-person perspective of the protagonist and vivid imagery assisted me in experiencing the horrors of war. I enjoyed reading this novel because it informed me of the reality of warfare and imitated the inner monologue of a young anonymous soldier.

Alongside the narrator, I gradually became aware of the corruption involved with war through the last scene where he learns that his bloodlust that led to victory and his alleged heroism in the Battle of Amiens was based on a lie.

The author is successful in invoking emotions with significant scenes such as the gruesome death of the German soldier with a bayonet and the anger towards the theatre performance mocking the war.

The writing style of the novel during battle scenes are succinct and repetitive to resemble the atmosphere of warfare because it primarily involves firing numerous projectiles in the midst of fear and adrenaline.

This novel helped me to appreciate what the soldiers who fought in World War One experiences. This is because it was mandatory for millions of men to fight when war was declared and experience extreme fear, injury, or death. Most of these soldiers were desperate to go back home to their families but were stuck battling a war they did not want to fight. When the war was finished many soldiers had long lasting effects of PTSD which affected them in everyday life. There is nothing that I did not like about the book because it showed me how harsh war is.

The destruction of the city of Arras shows that war does not always develop positive qualities in men. The swift kill of Brown shows that in war some do not die during intense battles like heroes like it is believed to be.

There are men killing each other because they were ordered to do so, the acquaintance of Karl, the German soldier, shows that the Germans are not just the enemy, they are people also. The trees here are skeletons holding stubs of stark, shell-amputated arms towards the sky. No flowers grow in this waste land…It is near dawn. As the smudge of grey appears in the east, the odours of the trenches rise in a miasmal mist on all sides of us.

The soaked earth here is nothing but a thin covering for the putrescence which lies underneath; it smells like a city garbage dump in mid-August. We are sunk in that misery which men fall into through utter hopelessness. The excess detail has been left out, adding weight and gravity to the many nightmares described. One memorable scene in particular is when he is storming the German trenches and his bayonet gets stuck inside a German soldier who is taking a long time to die.

The heartache, tenderness and horror of the scene in many ways sums up the madness and confusion of the entire conflict.

This is well written and sits comfortably up there with the other recommended readings on the Great War. Oct 03, James Tarko rated it liked it. Generals die in bed is a great fiction novel about an 18 year old boy that went into war. This boy doesent have a name but went through alot of things that he would have to deal with like the lice, enemy and very mean generals.

I thought this was a good book because it is very realistic but i wish the book could have included more action instead of more emotional content. I also think the book was goood because of the real life type scenario and how he en-counters the enemy. My favortie part in Generals die in bed is a great fiction novel about an 18 year old boy that went into war.

My favortie part in the book was when the boy was raiding the enemys trenchs where he ran into an enemy and had to stab him with his bayonet. After he stabbed the enemy he tried pulling the bayonet out of the enemys stomach but it was stuck in between hsi ribs. I liked this part not because of the success of surviving by the boy but whether or not he was going to en-counter other enemy troops while his knife was stuck in the enemy solidiers rib cage.

I recommend this book to people who enjoey books about historical events, wars, or even action drama books. This books overrall rating is 4. Feb 09, Banshee rated it liked it Shelves: This novel is told through the eyes of a soldier in WW1.

He is an American who is fighting alongside the Canadians under a British commander. The soldier is sent to the trenches, given leave and forced into unwinnable situations. The soldiers aren't portrayed as saints or killers, instead they are portrayed as human with good and bad moments.

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This is a disturbing This novel is told through the eyes of a soldier in WW1. This is a disturbing novel but I would still suggest it to everyone as it is a honest portrayal of WW1. The men frequent brothels, loot a town when they run out of food, fight under deplorable conditions with constant lice and rats. The leave the soldiers get is frequently too short or lacking in amenities.

Not one of my favorite was novels but still definitely a good read. May 27, Bill Bell added it. Having read the introduction to this book, which mentioned how much men like Sir Arthur Currie hated it, I was eager to read on to see if I could discern precisely what would give rise to their rage.

Now that I've finished reading I can't be sure of anything.

Was it that soldiers were referred to as 'bewildered youths' in the dedication, and not hailed as patriotic warriors? Or possibly distinguished readers would not like to be reminded of the queues for the services of prostitutes? With one qu Having read the introduction to this book, which mentioned how much men like Sir Arthur Currie hated it, I was eager to read on to see if I could discern precisely what would give rise to their rage.

With one queue for officers and another for 'other ranks'?

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Perhaps Currie was enraged by the mention of the possibility that Canadian soldiers might murder their Germans POWs, rather than share their dismal rations? Could any of this be true, or were Currie and the others angry because the book is altogether false? Dec 21, Rick rated it really liked it Shelves: Generals Die in Bed is a harrowing account of life in the trenches during WWI, written shortly after the war by a veteran of the Canadian Army.

The story is fictional, but obviously based on real life experiences. The book is the most unvarnished account of trench warfare I have ever read, and that alone makes it powerful.

The fact that it was written by someone who actually fought in the war makes it a very important book and part of the historical record. The insights the author offers about h Generals Die in Bed is a harrowing account of life in the trenches during WWI, written shortly after the war by a veteran of the Canadian Army.

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Generals die in bed Author: Charles Yale Harrison Publisher:We keep talking about it all day. The men frequent brothels, loot a town when they run out of food, fight under deplorable conditions with constant lice and rats.

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The afternoons are pleasant. The brother falls. It would be better, it seems, to dash into No Man's Land and chance death, or down the communication trench to temporary safety--and a firing squad. Two weeks before the battalion left Montreal a girl whom he knew back home came to the barracks and they got married.