Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man

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Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man

Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man

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One of the most obvious symptoms of this ambivalence about the new world is Sassoon's dislike of modernism in literature. The Memoir will take you out of your life and thoroughly engage you in a time and culture that has passed. First illustrated edition, signed by the author and illustrator on the limitation page, number 13 of 300 numbered copies on English handmade paper; 8vo (231 x 160 mm); 7 lithographed plates, vignette half-title and title-page, head- and tail-pieces, all by William Nicholson, light spotting at extremities; original vellum binding, top edge gilt, others uncut, dust-jacket and scarce glassine wrapper, binding a bit bowed, dust-jacket lightly spotted at extremities with one small nick to upper panel, glassine wrapper creased with some tearing, very good condition overall. In a neat bit of synchronicity, Siegfried Sassoon's work has been compared to Cold Comfort Farm, last month's Reading group choice. His solitary life does not seem to be broken up by much companionship of his own age until he meets Stephen Colwood, the son of a rector and fellow enthusiast in both the hunt and the related point-to-point races they spawn.

Before embarking on Fox-Hunting Man, Sassoon wrote: "A few pages of Proust have made me wonder whether insignificant episodes aren't the most significant". They began collecting Sassoon's work prior to meeting him, but after he began his love affair with Tennant in the 1920s, they became regular correspondents, and Sassoon would gift them inscribed copies of his work. On the other hand it can be seen as an indictment (knowing or otherwise) of the generally indolent and purposeless lives of the idle rich before an entire generation was nearly decimated. He is so passionate about what he does that he drops out of cambridge university where he was to study the law and become a barrister. Peppered throughout all of these reminiscences, however, are a host of amusing and varied secondary characters who make up the bulk of the hunting society and rural village community that are Sherston’s entire world.The book’s greatest pleasures lie in Sassoon’s evocation of the English countryside, where he spent his “queer and not altogether happy” childhood living with his aunt. With no brothers and sisters and no male company other than his aunt's groom, Dixon, Sherston has a quiet and lonely childhood.

What gives this novel power is you know this to be autobiographical; this book is talking about a period that is going to be shattered and completely replaced with something new. He is recognized as one of the great poets of World War I and one of the war's most influential opponents. A limited edition, signed by Sassoon, was published later in 1928 and matching limited and signed volumes were issued alongside the publication of the two other volumes. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian 'However inhumane its purpose it was a kindly country scene' … A fox-hunt in West Sussex. Fricourt was successfully taken, and on the 4th July the First Battalion moved up to the front line to attack Mametz Wood.

It was here that he met Robert Graves, described in his diary as ‘a young poet in Third Battalion and very much disliked. I live in a rural area and, though I don't hunt myself, I know that fox hunting is still seen as a social event by the farming and landowning sector. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Funny because Sassoon wants it to be, not because he is lapsing, DH Lawrence-style, into absurd nature-fetishism.

Absent was his famous turnaround and stance against WWI, but perhaps that comes in the next instalment given this is the first in a trilogy. Could it be said that part of the reason Sassoon dug into his past, like Proust, was to make a space for the foundations of the future? They were truly halcyon days for Sherston, made all the more precious for the fact that they are soon to disappear for ever. A fictionalised autobiography of Siegfried Sassoon, who depicts his life through the upper-middle class George Sherston as he grows up and loses his innocence in the First World War.Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man is a novel by Siegfried Sassoon, first published in 1928 by Faber and Faber. Then, with a gradual gesture of acquiescence, it lolls sideways, falling over into the attitude of a swimmer on his side. Sassoon's narrative can be portrayed as an admiring tribute to the English class system and a certain way of doing things (see John Crace's hilarious digested read of the book), but I have doubts. He is there to enjoy the ride, the jumping of fences, and the comradery of men intent on the same purpose. The spine divided into six panels with gilt tooled raised bands and gilt compartments, lettered in the second and third and dated at the foot, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt roll, the turn-ins with gilt fillets and a fleuron, marbled endleaves, gilt edges.



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