Bomber follows the progress of an Allied air raid through a period of 24 hours in the summer of , portraying all the participants in a terrifying drama, both in. The classic novel of the Second World War that relates in devastating detail the hour story of an allied bombing is a novel war. There are no. Listen to “Bomber” by Len Deighton available from Rakuten Kobo. Narrated by Richard Burnip. Start a free day trial today and get your first audiobook free.

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I certainly had the impression that Deighton’s ambition here overreached his technique. On this raid, the scout plane is shot down and its flares released short of the intended target, on the innocuous little town of Altgarten — of no military significance.

Here, it marvelously demonstrates an intimate connection that counterbalances the mechanical anonymity of aerial warfare. We appreciate your feedback. Deighton read several hundred books in preparation and interviewed many survivors and the epilogue tells us where they are today.

The idea of Bomber is to describe a twenty-four hours in the air war towards the end of the Second World War, without demonising the Germans or idolising the British.

For me the most poignant moment came when the Germans learned which city was about to get bombed, and a crew of women set to work peeling potatoes – knowing that the soup kitchens would be filled that night with thousands of homeless civilians.

And all the time there was the vibration that hammered the temples, shook the teeth and played a tattoo upon the spine, so that even after an uneventful flight the crew were whipped into a condition of advanced fatique.

After leaving school, Deighton worked as a railway clerk before performing his National Service, which he spent as a photographer for the Royal Air Force’s Special Investigation Branch.

Jun 08, Mike rated it really liked it Ceighton it for: Without any doubt my favourite book of all time.


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Views Read Edit View history. A Small Town in Germany. He focuses on the shared humanity and suffering, selflessness and heroism endemic to war. Deighton gives you everything you could ask for; and more. Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Bomber, UK first edition, Many readers and whoever wrote the description for this book call it a book of war.

I devoured all of his books but, ‘Bomber’ eluded me until a few months ago. I can understand becoming confused in the amount of characters – and it was nice to read a book that wasn’t overdone in both plot and characterisation, but rather concerned itself with the events. deighon

The review must be at least 50 characters long. As Deighton makes clear at the outset, this is a novel about a fictional event. Bomber started rather slow for me.

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Item s unavailable for purchase. There are simply those who remain alive, and those who die. The weather was actually almost like a character, considering how important it was to the success or failure of a raid and as my delghton pointed out, the bomber planes were not nearly as comfortable as modern planes and so were more subject to the ravages of weather. The stonework of the outer walls was expanding and it made angry growls and sudden cracks.

This is a book that gave me nightmares aided by NyQuilland I say that admiringly. This affords us a unique view, one in which terrible injuries and deaths are described in the same detail as the tactical approach of modern warfare.

At the same time, his crew revere him and believe that he is the one factor that will ensure their survival. The only gripe I had with it was the almost too-seamless blending of flashbacks and other storylines with the present thread. Solid craftsmanship buttressed by impeccable research. Despite the attack completely missing its industrial target no one is punished for the failure, but both Himmel and Lambert are executed and demoted, respectively, for non-combat reasons.


This represented a deceleration equivalent to times the force of lenn. Characters which are hard to forget. He uses it to express the conclusion that in war, all humans are victims of machines. To be honest, I am glad it took me so seighton to finally read this book because I don’t think the younger version of “me” was ready to fully comprehend the brutal honesty of war that is depicted by Deighton in ‘Bomber’. A good read and detailed tale of the various characters on both sides of a bomber raid.

In its documentary style, it is unique. In fact there is no primary story to the novel other than a large air raid with hundreds of planes eventually takes deifhton late in the book and one is bored to tears with the rest of it. The matter-of-fact style suits this material well.

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They hit hard walls of it and dropped sickeningly into deep pockets. Some books written deigthon the 60s and 70s really show their age: August Bach, a German pilot, is returning to his base with his friend, Max, when they are held up by a convoy directed by Vichy police.

An exercise in futility but so well researched and put together.

I liked the style of writing. While briefly visiting his home in Altgarten, Bach proposes marriage to the young Faith and Beauty Society member who cares for his younger son. The equivocation in the deighgon, focusing on the impact of bombing on the German civilians as well as the fights in the air, did cause consternation upon its publication. Such details are impossible in real life.