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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Molten lead had been dripping on to the firemen below for some minutes. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There are simply those who remain alive, and those who die. Wings on My Sleeve. The British base at Warley Fen, the Luftwaffe base at Kroonsdijik, and the bombed village of Leb hit by mistake are all inventions.
The detail is brilliant, the descriptions excruciatingly precise. His knowledge of British and German fighter planes gets a bit monographic at times, but I’m guessing it fascinates military An exhaustive and, to some extent, exhausting fictional account of a British bombing raid on a German town in mid While the town’s hospital treats war injuries, and its TENO Technische Nothilfe or “Civil Defence” engineers often work in the Ruhr deihhton have experience with air raids, the fire department does not have such experience.
It brings home in brutal detail the reality of the bombing campaign in WW2.
How to write a great review. Deighton was born in Marylebone, London, in Before he began his writing career he worked as an illustrator in New York and, inas an art director in a London advertising agency.
This book was very detailed and had story lines on both the English and German sides, but had a hard time pulling the stories and the various characters together at the end. It presents itself in many faces. Briefly, this is an account of a single RAF bombing raid on a town in Germany, written from the perspectives of a variety of major and minor protagonists, in the air and on the ground, in Germany and England. IMHO, it is a book about war that is decidedly anti-war.
Bomber is far less successful as a work of fiction, and remains the nearest to unreadable of any of Deighton’s novels. 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.
The author goes back and forth between the Germans and the RAF military bomver of whom are pilots. The equivocation in the storyline, focusing on bombed impact of bombing on the German civilians as well as the fights in the air, did cause consternation upon its publication.
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To be honest, I am glad it took me so long 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’. No one emerges the victor in this one.
Oxygen masks were mandatory and they needed microphones and earphones to even converse. At the end of a Len Deighton kick.
The bombers being British, the raid is a night-time one; the Americans who carried out daylight raids are not even mentioned by Deighton. I must have read Bomber at least ten times.
Sgt Digby Ian Peck There were a whole lot of characters to keep track of though. Willi Reinecke Alice Arnold A tonne of factual details and all wrapped up in a moving narrative; perfectly balanced and adroit.
Corporal Madge Scott Dominic Rickards Deighton takes the time to describe many of these fatalities in clinical detail, as though writing an autopsy. 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 bombsr potatoes – knowing deigthon the soup kitchens would be filled that night with thousands of homeless civilians.
Sparks flew into the air for a thousand feet and the windows flashed red. Deep in detail, the plot follows the planning, execution and conclusion of a bombing raid during World War Two. They bucketed, rolled, and yawned constantly. Set during the summer of it follows the events surrounding an RAF bombing raid on a town in Germany. Such details are impossible in real life. Life had got out of control. As Deighton makes clear at the outset, this is a novel about a fictional event.
While briefly visiting his home in Altgarten, Bach proposes marriage to the young Faith and Beauty Society member who cares for his younger son.
Why it’s enjoyable Its excruciating details of the impact of the bombing on Germany – only 25 years after the end of the war – shocked people in the UK when it was published, and is still as accurate as any formal history in giving you a sense of what World War II in the air was really like The Jewel in the Crown.
Deighton follows the crews of several bombers, sent on night-time raid against the Ruhr. Brutal, terrifying, emotional, devastating and life changing and all this in a twenty four hour time window!
There are simply those who remain alive, and those who die. I deigton very happy reading the first two authors but never quite made it to Deighton until I was in university and read the Game, Set and Match trilogy.
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Have to admit that a lot of the technical information deignton over my head althoug Wasn’t too sure about this novel when I started it. Deighton read several hundred books in preparation and interviewed many survivors and the epilogue tells us where they are today. In Bomber he has combined both talents to produce a masterpiece.
The novel is a devastating indictment of war and the role of individuals as small cogs in a vast military machine, as a mistake means that tens of thousands of tonnes of explosive is dropped, not on its deighon target Krefeld, but on the small town of Altgarten, with devasting effects. I can see why Lemmy was so inspired!
Its all its reputation says it is. A fantastic book, very highly recommended. I assume he wanted to make it as authentic as possible.