By Henry Williamson

A Fox lower than My Cloak (1954) was once the 5th access in Henry Williamson's fifteen-volume A Chronicle of old Sunlight spanning the years from the overdue Victorian interval to the second one international conflict. It follows Phillip Maddison into the good struggle, surviving within the face of terror, from the recognized Christmas Truce of 1914 to the gasoline assaults of the conflict of bathrooms the subsequent 12 months. whereas domestic in England on in poor health depart Phillip obtains his fee right into a trendy regiment within which his social inadequacies make him the butt of his fellow officers' scorn. but, by myself between them, Phillip has tasted the awful fact of existence, and loss of life, at the Western Front.

'Williamson's sort is romantic, although hardly ever sentimental, and his sensuous reaction to nature is clean and surprising.' Anthony Burgess, Ninety-Nine Novels: the easiest in English when you consider that 1939

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Least of all does he question why his new companion, evidently a man of high birth, refuses to exploit his family’s position to keep his own larder stocked. Carlson, he has come to understand, prefers life beyond his father’s influence. Carlson himself sees no contradiction of character when requesting a helping or two from Abrams. In doing so, he once claimed, he was 34 LANDSMAN graciously enabling his young comrade-in-arms to perform the timehonored ritual, once so prevalent in Classical Greece, of xenia, or hospitality.

Until that time, his gambling had been able to maintain a fairly regular supply of coffee. Professor Carlson, offering his services as tutor to some of the regiment’s most ignorant, if earnest, men, had also been contributing the odd tablespoon of grounds to their pooled reserve. At present, however, coffee has become among the camp’s most prized commodities. Hyams takes a good long look at his private. ” Hyams grunts. ” 49 Peter Charles Melman Abrams shrugs. ” The lieutenant colonel laughs at this.

He cuts short his thieving to look down at Wolfe—the slick, pomaded hair, the handsome Hebraic nose, the full lips and penetrating eyes—who is now crouching beside the man on the floor. Abrams watches him stroke the man’s head lovingly, while whispering to him perverse indulgences. “Aw honey, hush,” Wolfe is whispering. “Everything’s fine, just as fine as can be. ” He quits his fussing to meet Abrams’ gaze, where far more than silence is exchanged between them. The entirety of their lives together inhabits that stare: their introduction at the Jewish Widows and Orphans Home five years before, the shared months there, their dreams of wealth and wine, their first drunks, first fights, and first fucks, their joint decision to tempt New Orleans’ streets.

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