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A Cackhanded War

Author: Edward Blishen
ISBN #: 050001082X
Price: $20.00
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publisher Location: London
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: good
Edition: First edition
Pub Date: 1972
wear to tips, corners and edges of book and price-clipped jacket which is sunned and rubbed. War time experiences of a British conscientious objector. From Wikipedia: 'When the Second World War was declared he registered as a conscientious objector (CO), although he came from a long line of soldier ancestors. His father had served in the First World War, from which he returned wounded, suffering from shell shock and silent about his experiences. As Blishen recalled: "He wasn't sympathetic to pacifists. He felt that if he had fought a war, then I ought to fight a war as well." But having read some of the now-famous books revealing the horrors of the First World War, the younger Blishen realised: "I can't be somebody who does that to someone else." Registering as a CO was an uncomfortable experience: "Everybody was declaring themselves at one counter, and there was this other forlorn counter for you to declare you weren't going to join in. It felt as though you were separating yourself from the rest of the world." 'First printing, no others noted. Books and other items ship promptly with a tracking number and (generally over $15.00) jacket protectors if applicable. Clean recycled packing material will be used when possible. The Book Shed has a been a member of the Vermont Antiquarian Bookseller's Association since 1997.