This is a very good read...

This is a very good read...

Von Richter.
Von Richter.

April 30th, 2008, 11:30 pm #1

THE CAULDRON by Zeno.

Books by convicts always have a certain curiosity value, if not a literary one. But this first novel by a British prisoner serving a life sentence for murder rises above its origins. The publishers will say nothing about the author, who uses the pen name Zeno (borrowed from the founder of Stoic philosophy), except that at various times he was a sailor, a soldier, a farmer and a timber merchant. More to the point, he was a World War II parachutist with the British 1st Airborne Division, which was trapped and methodically riddled to pieces at the Battle of Arnhem.

Zeno tells the grim story of a single pathfinder platoon in that battle. Heartened at first because they encounter almost no enemy opposition when they land in their drop zone, the 50-odd men in the platoon soon discover that they are in fact hopelessly trapped. After a few days of unrelieved agony, death becomes relatively unimportant. What matters more is how it will come. Using prose as direct and brutal as a trench knife to the gut, and with utter fidelity to military fact, the author meticulously ticks off the manner in which each man dies. The Cauldron may not win a prize as high art, but as an unsparing and authentic eyewitness account of the sights and sounds and pains of war, it is a bitterly superb tale.
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May 1st, 2008, 6:20 pm #2

I just checked with the wife at the bookstore and she couldn't find it. It must be out of print.
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May 1st, 2008, 11:11 pm #3


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For a whopping 75 cents...




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Von Richter.
Von Richter.

May 2nd, 2008, 12:45 am #4

I just checked with the wife at the bookstore and she couldn't find it. It must be out of print.
If you can glean it for a couple of quid from Amazon do so. 'The Four Sergeants' also by Zeno* about the XXi is worth a punt too.

*Real name, among several aliass, was Sergeant Val Allerton... he won a battlefield commission for his conduct at Arnhem.
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May 2nd, 2008, 2:05 am #5


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Guess I sorta paid somethin' like that for shipping...

The book only cost some <EM>pence</EM>...&nbsp; or "fracto-euros", or whatever y'all are using these days...

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Thanks for the recommendation !

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Von Richter.
Von Richter.

May 2nd, 2008, 8:49 am #6

On the recomendation of a bloke who has only a tad more credibilty than His Lowness....oops.
let me know wot you think to it. When you get to the map of the fighting round Passberg I'll send you some photos of the place as it is now, with the memorials to the XXI and wotnot. I think John might have got a picture of the bit of wallpaper that's in the Hartenstein museum. It is graffitified.

"Fuck the Gerrries Never surrender!"

Under this most noble of sentiments are rows of swazis denoting the kills made by the sniper that wrote it.... how's that for living history?
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May 3rd, 2008, 2:01 am #7


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Besides...&nbsp; even with shipping, it was less than 5 bucks total.

Can't even buy a new book for that these days.

Received noctice it shipped today. I suppose they'll mail it "Garbage-O" class to save <EM>spendolas</EM>

Hope to have it in about a week -&nbsp;which will give me time to finish <EM>After Victory: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Making of the Peace.</EM>

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John
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May 3rd, 2008, 3:17 am #8

still remains the most influential, most-loved and respected leader of the 20th Century World, even unto this day to all the folks around the globe? What a great and unparalelled leader that he was! A man of such great foresight, courage, benevolence and vision and one of such humble beginnings.
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May 3rd, 2008, 3:25 am #9


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<FONT size=5>...'cos he was a <EM>cee-gar chompin, machine gun totin', boozey son of a bitch !</EM></FONT>





 


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May 3rd, 2008, 4:05 am #10

If you threw in "woman-chaser," he'd totally be my kind of guy!!
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