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The Invasion Handbook The Invasion Handbook is the first instalment of Tom Paulin s ambitious poem about the Second World War from its origins to the German and Japanese surrenders in Conceived in several volumes ea

  • Title: The Invasion Handbook
  • Author: Tom Paulin
  • ISBN: 9780571209156
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Invasion Handbook By Tom Paulin, The Invasion Handbook is the first instalment of Tom Paulin s ambitious poem about the Second World War, from its origins to the German and Japanese surrenders in 1945 Conceived in several volumes, each book is independent but contributes to an evolving whole, an epic in cento form The Invasion Handbook opens with the Versailles Peace Treaty of 1919, which excluded GermaThe Invasion Handbook is the first instalment of Tom Paulin s ambitious poem about the Second World War, from its origins to the German and Japanese surrenders in 1945 Conceived in several volumes, each book is independent but contributes to an evolving whole, an epic in cento form The Invasion Handbook opens with the Versailles Peace Treaty of 1919, which excluded Germany from the community of nations, and with the answering but ill fated attempt of the Locarno Treaties of 1925 to restore the torn fabric of Europe It evokes Weimar culture, Hitler s rise to power, the beginnings of the persecution of the Jews, moving backwards and forwards in response to the vast shuttle of events.The poem is a triumph of technique, a simultaneous vision which proceeds by quotation and collage, catalogue and caption, prose as well as verse a myriad staging of historical realities through the poet s intense and bitter scrutiny of the particulars of time and place Tom Paulin s poem of war affirms the struggle and the memory of a generation upon whom the doors of living memory are now closing the generation of the poet s parents and it extends concerns which have haunted his poetry the relation of art to war and to questions of national identity, the search for peace and for a shared civic culture.

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    1. An ambitious and, in many ways, impressive book, Tom Paulin s take on the origins of the Second World War is an intellectual and technical master work Using poetry and prose, as well as literary and visual collage, quotation, catalogue and repetition, he builds up a sense of the beginnings of war as well as an interpretation of the known facts It is the accumulation of images, stagings and contemplations that works best, although there are some fine individual elements to it The level of eruditi [...]

    2. I kept wanting this to be Fivemiletown, but it wasn t, and by the time I got into it, I loved this Paulin looks at World War II and the lead up to it, but sometimes always his poetry is very, very uncomfortable.It s also beautiful Judas and the Wordare stalking each otherthrough this scroggy townwhere every line has three stressesand only the one word darkand I guess they re always sad treestheir bark s flakthin like skinand for all I knowthey share its pallor with the refugees

    3. History lesson this this heaven s copedome or belljar that containsthe whole mess it s lessthan a whole but it has a patternlike an architect s drawing an explosion peakedan unfinished scribbledgothic Rotunda from The Attack in the Westthis, to me, is outstanding poetry it workes like a matryoshka doll, uncovering stories within stories about the road between the two world wars paulin takes the idea of revisionist history to a literary level, rescinding and rethinking his diction as he writes sm [...]

    4. A long form poem that traces the history of the end of The Great War latterly WW1 Through the political machinations of the 20 s 30 s to the outbreak of WW2 It brings you close the the key players and decisions that brought Europe and the world to what in hind sight seemed inevitable but was never so clear cut in reality A great lesson in politics and history and the impact on all our lives Stay vigilant seems to be Paulin s message.

    5. I m intrigued by how he has written such a collection of poems that sort of narrates World War II from such varying angles.

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