The First Casualty

by Ben Elton | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0552771309 Global Overview for this book
Registered by BookGroupMan of Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on 6/19/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, June 19, 2006
A birthday pressie from my wishlist :)

I'm really looking forward to this; to see how BE copes with historical fiction, and a more serious subject (WWI). Knowing his range and ability, i've no doubt he will do a great job and mix in some black humour, and relevance to more current social issues.

Journal Entry 2 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, September 15, 2008
(15/09) At the risk of alienating book-lovers I am giving this 8 stars, but I was tempted to go to the full 10-stars! Why, because, despite its incredible (i.e. unbelievable) plot, hackneyed WW1 trench detail and characters…I really enjoyed it. I admire Ben Elton for writing fun ‘popcorn’ books, with no great literary pretentions. Fiction is entertainment first and foremost, or am I wrong. Discuss :-)

*includes spoilers*
A potted plot; disgraced ‘conchie’ London PC is killed while escaping prison, resurrected as Military Policeman Christopher Marlowe(?) to investigate the murder of a lionised poet in Flanders. Kinsley/Marlowe becomes a hero as he gathers evidence in no-mans-land and behind enemy lines at the 3rd battle of Ypres. Hurrah, he solves the crime, gets the bad guy, beds a filly, and comes back as his brother…!

Journal Entry 3 by BookGroupMan at Caffe Nero IP1 book-crossing zone in Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Saturday, October 11, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (10/11/2008 UTC) at Caffe Nero IP1 book-crossing zone in Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom

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It can't just be me who likes Ben Elton's writing, a mixture of 'lad lit' and satire, and in this case a little bit of social commentary and historical context! Enjoy?

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