Mr. Bunting at War - Robert GreenwoodJ M Dent, 1941, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat worn with a couple of small nicks and slight loss, notably at head of spine. Cover slighty rubbed at extremities.
From the cover: “Robert Greenwood’s first novel, Mr Bunting, published last year when the blitz was at its height, was one of the consolations of that anxious time. Its quiet realism, its humanity and dry humour, were enjoyed by many thousands of readers, who saw in Mr Bunting the typical ‘little man’ of our time. It was the ‘little man,’ of course, who unflinchingly endured the Battle of Britain, while his son was shooting down Messerschmitts in the sky. It was the Mr and Mrs Buntings of our land whose pluck and Slaying power during that testing time won the admiration of the world. It was natural and inevitable that Mr Greenwood should follow up his first book with the Story of Mr Bunting at War. It was not inevitable, however, that the second book should equal the first, which was described by Sir Hugh Walpole as ‘the best first novel of 1940.’ When the manuscript arrived we opened it with trepidation. As we read it, however, we realized with growing astonishment that here was that rare thing, a second novel that far surpassed its predecessor. Mr Btunting at War (which can be read with equal enjoyment whether or not you have read Mr Bunting) is a novel of extraordinary poignancy, shot through with a lovely ironic humour. We believe it illustrates better than any other Story that has been published the essential qualities that have pulled Britain through the deadliest perils of the war. Its truth and sincerity should Strike home to hundreds of thousands. Mr Greenwood has made no attempt to glorify or glamorize the subject. His people are just ordinary, unheroic folk. The events of his Story — air raids and growing lettuce, sudden death and petty irritations, climbing over roofs to put out fire-bombs and catching the 8.15 to town— are just such as have happened to the millions of unsung heroes on the Home Front. Mr Greenwood’s quiet, evocative writing, his keenly observant eye, and his humour and understanding, have done them justice.”
Number of Pages: 282
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