I purchased this book after reading Henri Barbusse's classic novel, Under Fire and wanted to read more.
Barbusse paints a very vivid picture of the senseless horror and brutality of the first world war and although this is often hard to read and at times upsetting, you can't help but feel it's something you really have to read.
The reason I gave this book a rather mean 3 stars was simply because it was very similar to Under Fire. Perhaps I have become slightly desensitised after reading Under Fire and Light simply does not have the same impact upon me. Perhaps I was looking forward to Barbusse's harsh writing style applied to a different subject. All I know is that I couldn't help but be a little dissapointed.
So I would conclude, dear reader, that you should absolutely read Light, but only if you've not read Under Fire, otherwise you may feel like you're slightly wasting your time.
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About the Author
Henri Barbusse enlisted in the French army in 1914 and served against Germany in WWI. Invalided out of the army three times, he served in the war for 17 months, until the end of 1915, when he was permanently moved into a clerical position due to pulmonary damage, exhaustion and dysentery. Barbusse first came to fame with the publication of his novel Le Feu (translated by William Fitzwater Wray as Under Fire) in 1916, which was based on his experiences during World War I. By this time, Barbusse had become a pacifist, and his writing demonstrated his growing hatred of militarism. He moved to Moscow for a time, married a Russian woman, and joined the French Communist Party. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B085G2W3T9
- Publisher : Classica Libris (2 March 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1141 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 126 pages
- Customer Reviews:
4.5 out of 5
4 global ratings