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Grapes of wrath

Boyd Cable

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. . . quartette fairly between the42 ranks of a marching platoon, there was a call for stretchers, and the regimental stretcher-bearers came up at the double, busied themselves for a few minutes about some crumpled forms, lifted them, and moved off along the road back to the Red Cross flag of the dressing station. The shell-swept stretch of road was growing uncomfortably dangerous, and it was with a good deal of relief that the Stonewalls saw their leading platoon turn aside and disappear into the entrance of a communication trench.

“This ’ere,” said Pug, with a sigh of satisfaction, “is a blinkin’ sight more like the thing; and why them lazy beggars of a Staff ’aven’t ’ad this communication trench took back a bit further beats me.”

“It sure is a comfortable feeling,” agreed Kentucky, “to hear those bullets whistling along upstairs, and we safe down below ground level.”

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Community Reviews

Who knew the Grapes of Wrath existed before Steinbeck's classic. This story of a WWI British Infintry unit's experiences in the trenches gives us an idea of what it was like. I will be using this in my WWI unit lesson plan.

Amazing few days of life and death in the trenches of WWI. A gruesome portrait of the horrors and stupidity of war.

I ordered this book by mistake. Obviously, meant the Steinbeck version. But I read this anyway. It illustrates the horrors of WW1, with a depiction of the battle of Sonne. The title comes from the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Well-written.

I also found myself struggling to get through this novel at certain parts. The detail in which he describes the scenes of war is a double-edged sword, as it is compelling and integral to the story but also goes on too long in some places, to the point where you glaze over because of the minutia. It

Even though this is another book instead of John's, this is definitely a good story by Boyd Cable.

A vicarious view of the vagaries of war and the nonsensical, forced and obfuscating experiences of a soldier on the field. I respect the army and the men who lay down their lives to protect a cause or a border, but I can't comprehend how a man throws himself in front of a thousand roaring guns, full

I'm not a fan of military stories, but this book is definately worth reading. The author tells us a story of three friend going through the horrors of war together with a drop of optimism. I admit that their good humor makes circumstances more bearable. You can feel the dread and fear while travelli