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A Fox Under My Cloak

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Henry Williamson

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Page count: 416 pages

File size: 539 KB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

The fifth volume of A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight, A Fox under My Cloak, is set in the Great War from the Christmas 1914 Truce, when German and British soldiers fraternized and played football in No Man’s Land, to the gas attacks of the Battle of Loos in 1915. It shows Phillip Maddison surviving in the face of terror. While home in England on sick leavehe obtains his commission into a fashionable regiment, which has still not adapted to the sweeping changes of war, so that Phillip’s social inadequacies make him the butt of his fellow officer’s scorn. Yet alone among them Phillip has tasted the bleak reality of life, and death, on the Western Front. A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight is an epic comprising fifteen volumes. Although it should be much better known, it has attracted high praise most especially from George D. Painter (the biographer of Proust) and John Middleton Muury. ‘Here is an unrolling map of the labyrinth of three generations, our fathers, ourselves and our children, and the thread leading to the mystery – monster or divinity? – at the centre. In my belief . . . the whole cycle will ultimately be recognized as the great historical novel of our time, its subject as the total experience of twentieth-century man.’ George D. Painter ‘This will be in its entirety one of the most remarkable English novels of our time . . . It is amazingly rich in all the living detail of a swiftly changing society; the characters are drawn with such loving sympathy and such firmness of imaginative outline that we are entirely absorbed by their vicissitudes. We are apprehensive for them, we are relieved; we rejoice and are sorrowful; we are angry and we understand and we laugh and laugh again. To e able to do this with us is the novelist’s supreme gift . . . I believe it is high time we awoke to the splendour and scope of his effort and achievement in A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight. Begin with the Dark Lantern and read on; you will be the richer for it.’ John Middleton Murry The entire fifteen volume sequence is being reissued in Faber Finds.

The fifth volume of A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight, A Fox under My Cloak, is set in the Great War from the Christmas 1914 Truce, when German and British soldiers fraternized and played football in No Man’s Land, to the gas attacks of the Battle of Loos in 1915. It shows Phillip Maddison surviving in the face of terror. While home in England on sick leavehe obtains his commission into a fashionable regiment, which has still not adapted to the sweeping changes of… (more)

The fifth volume of A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight, A Fox under My Cloak, is set in the Great War from the Christmas 1914 Truce, when German and British soldiers fraternized and played football in No Man’s Land, to the gas attacks of the Battle of Loos in 1915. It shows Phillip Maddison surviving in the face of terror. While home in England on sick leavehe obtains his commission into a fashionable regiment, which has still not adapted to the sweeping changes of war, so that Phillip’s social inadequacies make him the butt of his fellow officer’s scorn. Yet alone among them Phillip has tasted the bleak reality of life, and death, on the Western Front. A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight is an epic comprising fifteen volumes. Although it should be much better known, it has attracted high praise most especially from George D. Painter (the biographer of Proust) and John Middleton Muury. ‘Here is an unrolling map of the labyrinth of three generations, our fathers, ourselves and our children, and the thread leading to the mystery – monster or divinity? – at the centre. In my belief . . . the whole cycle will ultimately be recognized as the great historical novel of our time, its subject as the total experience of twentieth-century man.’ George D. Painter ‘This will be in its entirety one of the most remarkable English novels of our time . . . It is amazingly rich in all the living detail of a swiftly changing society; the characters are drawn with such loving sympathy and such firmness of imaginative outline that we are entirely absorbed by their vicissitudes. We are apprehensive for them, we are relieved; we rejoice and are sorrowful; we are angry and we understand and we laugh and laugh again. To e able to do this with us is the novelist’s supreme gift . . . I believe it is high time we awoke to the splendour and scope of his effort and achievement in A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight. Begin with the Dark Lantern and read on; you will be the richer for it.’ John Middleton Murry The entire fifteen volume sequence is being reissued in Faber Finds.

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