Sunday, 11 May 2014

Bibliophilia: Storm of Steel – Ernst Jünger

Storm of Steel – Ernst Jünger

A memoir of WW1, from a German perspective.

The only other one like it that I’m familiar with is All Quiet On The Western Front.

The authors recounting of his experiences is quite matter of fact. Tales of astonishing horror and destruction are described very curtly. His numerous woundings are chronicled with little fanfare. The levity when it appears is gallows humour.

With the centenary of the unfathomable carnage of WW1 fast approaching, this is a good read for anyone interested in an all encompassing historical overview. While from my perspective he may technically have been “the enemy”, his depictions of his experiences and the descriptions of the deaths of his comrades humanizes an inhuman conflict. 

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