Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

everyone-brave-is-forgiven– The first problem of war was that no one was any good at it yet. –

– Blisters were the true reason the men hated the enemy. The invasion of Poland was terrible, of course, but at least it was an event that had taken place outside of everyone’s boots. –

– But what good is it to teach a child to count, if you don’t show him that he counts for something? –

– ‘I’m really not myself at the moment.’
‘Oh for pity’s sake, who is? You’re an army officer. I’m a schoolteacher. The whole work is in fancy dress.’ –

– I was brought up to believe that everyone brave is forgiven, but in wartime courage is cheap and clemency out of season. –

– ‘This helpful war. It makes us better people and then it tries to kill us.’
Simonson grinned.
‘What?’ said Alistair.
‘Well you make it sound just like Harrow.’
‘Do you miss it?’
‘Badly. Not the food, though. God, yes, even the food.’ –

– It was simply a peculiarity of the British that they could be stoical about two hundred and fifty nights of bombing, while the sight of her with a negro child offended their sensibilities unbearably. –


My review for the Sunday Times


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