Based on the author’s experiences on the Western Front, Richard Aldington’s first novel, Death of a Hero, finally joins the ranks of Penguin. Death of a Hero has ratings and 40 reviews. Douglas said: This book initially came into my hands when I was fifteen years old, and found, by chance. Death of a Hero: Richard Aldington: best and best known novel, Death of a Hero (), to which All Men Are Enemies () was a sequel, reflected the.

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In Part 2 the hero tries to make his way as an artist and writer in pre-war London, and falls adington love; here the satire is directed against the intelligentsia and the self-obsession of wealthy amateur artists, as zldington as against the ‘free love’ values espoused in reaction to the Victorian codes of marriage.

Quotes from Death of a Hero. How, if at all, is the novel stylistically reminiscent of jazz? Death of a Hero has a logical defect in its narration: For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.

With the coming of deatb, he on principle joins up as an enlisted man, though his education would entitle him to become an officer. Eventually, the sheer attrition rate of officers obliges him to become one.

Tales from the Reading Room. You may feel so because you’ve had mushy ideas about maidenly modesty and such twaddle instilled into you.


Death of a Hero by Richard Aldington

Aldingotn a great book. Who or what are the real enemies in Death of a Hero, and how does Aldington propose fighting them? Bloomsbury Bell has Moved 6 years ago.

How might these events have influenced Aldington in his thoughts on free love as expressed in Death of a Hero?

Death of a Hero

It was a joy – and surprise – to read, and it is a novel that, now I’ve found it, I will read over and over again.

What, in Death of a Herodo most of a,dington characters seem to regard as manliness? Sep 28, John rated it liked it Shelves: Acerbic, merciless, and sometimes despairing in its anger, Death of a Hero does more than chronicle the literal death of its protagonist.

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This book is everything I think about the world today. Aldington is an excellent narrator although the dialogue is pretty average.

It is precisely this quality of slight detachment, however, that makes Death of Hero such an excellent novel. Just as his youthful humanity begins to flourish, he is sent to a school that seems bent on destroying his noblest instincts and blunting his most delicate perceptions.

Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella 2 years ago. There are clear auto-biographical elements here as Aldington was not only wounded physically during the war but also suffered for many years from the after effects of shell shock; perhaps that is why it took him so long to write this book, which he openly admitted was based partly on his own experiences of a decade before.


House of Leaves 7 years ago. His father is a bit of a Quixote character who simply exists on a separate plane of existence from his son, while his mother rather likes the consecutive ideas of: Although they do not have a child, the marriage endures.

This novel was banned on its publication in because of vulgar language, sexual dalliances and graphic descriptions of trench warfare. Praise “[ Death of a Hero ] takes its place among the half dozen superb stories of the war that will not let men forget.

Aldington is not interested in this. Moving House … 1 year ago.

Death of a Hero Reader’s Guide

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. After a rash of casualties leads to his promotion through the ranks, he grows increasingly cynical about the war and disillusioned by the hypocrisies of British society.

That being said, this should be a required read for all college classes on WWI. My Book of the Year 2 days ago.

His focus is that on how the individual is used, how the individual progresses from body to corpse, and corpse to memory.