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  • Title: Quartered Safe Out Here
  • Author: George MacDonald Fraser
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  • There is no doubt that Quartered Safe Out Here is one of the great personal memoirs of the Second World War John KeeganLife and death in Nine Section, a small group of hard bitten and to modern eyes possibly eccentric Cumbrian borderers with whom the author, then nineteen, served in the last great land campaign of World War II, when the 17th Black Cat Division captur There is no doubt that Quartered Safe Out Here is one of the great personal memoirs of the Second World War John KeeganLife and death in Nine Section, a small group of hard bitten and to modern eyes possibly eccentric Cumbrian borderers with whom the author, then nineteen, served in the last great land campaign of World War II, when the 17th Black Cat Division captured a vital strongpoint deep in Japanese territory, held it against counter attack and spearheaded the final assault in which the Japanese armies were, to quote General Slim, torn apart.
    Quartered Safe Out Here There is no doubt that Quartered Safe Out Here is one of the great personal memoirs of the Second World War John KeeganLife and death in Nine Section a small group of hard bitten and to modern eyes p

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    1. There are a few personal accounts of war and its impact on a man that stand out in the sea of such literature works such as Goodbye to All That, Homage to Catalonia, and The Men I Killed Quartered Safe Out Here has now joined that short list MacDonald Fraser is the acclaimed author of the Flashman series of historical fiction, but here he reveals his own experience as an infantryman in merciless combat against the Japanese in Burma Here is an all too vivid recollection of the fear, pain, discomf [...]

    2. I m reading George MacDonald Fraser s 1925 2008 Flashman series with a curious mixture of pleasure and distaste the pleasure arising from the excellent adventures of the ne er do well Flashman, the wonderfully reconstructed historical settings and the satire of as I see it British upper classes, patriotism and hero worship of military heroes not of military heroism itself, mind the distaste sweeping out of the many signs of racism and acts of rape and violence towards women Of course, the latter [...]

    3. When I was looking for some sailing stories of the Napoleonic era, I came across the Flashman books I noted the author, George MacDonald Fraser 1925 2008 , had written his memoir about World War II I decided to get the book.The book deals with his time in Burma He served with a platoon of British Soldiers from Cumberland He used their accent in the book The Cumberland Dialect is unlike modern English but Fraser provided a translation and glossary to help the reader.The book is well written Frase [...]

    4. A well written, warts and all memoir about the author s time in Burma during the last year of WWII The narrative was sometimes sad and sometimes funny, but it always felt realistic Originally published in 2001, so the author included his thoughts on the changes he s seen in society since the war ended I enjoyed those parts I did have trouble with the thick Cumberland dialect I m not suggesting he should have done it any differently than he did, but sometimes it was hard for me to follow On the o [...]

    5. Quite simply, the best personal history of World War Two I ve read yes, the only one, but stillThe moving, totally honest story of nine section in the closing days of the war, through the final battles of the Burma campaign You ll laugh quite a bit , you ll be moved a lot than you thought and you ll ask yourself What than a few times the dialogue is in the Cumbrian dialect, or less Anglicised.Highly recommended to anyone interested in the British Army, or looking for an unsanitized view of th [...]

    6. A deeply affecting book one of the passages that stays with me is McDonald Frasers confession that he cannot forgive his former foes I ve seen this time and again with British vets of the Burmese theater a chilling testament to the savagery of the campaignd just the kind of honesty I d expect from a man as brave as Mr Fraser.Reading this book will definitely give you a much deeper appreciation of both the Flashman books and the WWII generation First, Flashman Pretty obvious if you know the books [...]

    7. Excellent memoir of a small British army unit in WWII, Nine Section, in the Burmese Theatre Fraser, himself a Scot, was a member of this Cumberland unit It is backed up by native Indian troops He writes of the camaradarie of these men how they lived and fought beside each other and how they created bonds of loyalty and trust They fight the Battles of Mekteila and Pyawbwe We share their joys and sorrows Many episodes are affecting I loved the episode where Sgt Hutton, who s not really all that ed [...]

    8. This war memoir is about the British men who fought in Burma against the Japanese in what the book jacket calls the last great land campaign of World War II George MacDonald Fraser was only nineteen when he fought in Nine Section, and then led it for a while as the sole Scotsman amongst a bunch of Cumbrians, whose linguistic gymnastics include fascinating similes like E ll be at us like a rat up a fookin drainpipe, and cinematic exclamations that Fraser swears are true They got me The dirty rats [...]

    9. The author of the Flashman series gives his account, from the ground level, of the campaign in Burma with his beloved Nine Section This war memoir is fascinating for several reasons First, Fraser is, for all intents and purposes, Flashman himself the broad racial delineations, the bald admiration for famous generals, the unabashed Imperialist fervor mixed with rational analysis of battle, even the fear of waiting before battle and the mad adrenaline rush afterwards.It strikes me that Flashy isn [...]

    10. A very well done memoir from the perspective of pbi poor bloody infantry in Burma Those who ve enjoyed Sledge s With the Old Breed should also read this The perspective is the same although this book displays less of the brutality of Sledge s Fraser carries a reflective style, that is particularly interesting in that he addresses the differing perspectives of now and then Fraser also writes with considerable humour and affection for his squad mates, something that I didn t find in Sledge s book [...]

    11. I have started the Flashman Series by the same author They are fantastic The author brings that story telling flair to this memoir makes what could be either a boring or most harrowing record, as engaging as readable as anything else he has written With just the right amount of history, ribaldry anti establishment content Even his outspoken views are dealt with intelligently are well argued I now have increased respect for the author also all those that fought in forgotten Burma A rarity an auth [...]

    12. Fraser s memoirs of his experience in WWII Burma has done nothing but reinforce why I think he is was he died last year one of the best writer s I ve ever read His incredible gift for capturing language around him, his outstanding gift for description are absolute treasures for his readers The back half of this book is the best, as the war starts to wind down, Fraser lapses into his own commentary about things like the A bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and he confrontation with a guilt ridden p [...]

    13. View from the foxhole of the retaking of Burma by Allied forces Fraser tells it like it is from first hand experience as a ranker in the infantry, from the mundane routine of guard duty to blow by blow accounts of hairy firefights and clearing Jap bunkers Mixed in with occasional philosophical reflections on the morality of war and killing from the perspective of an unapologetic and battle hardened veteran Truly riveting, and a surprisingly good non fiction work from the creator of Flashman.

    14. Author Fraser served in the English forces toward the end of the Second World War, fighting in Burma with an infantry outfit His recollections of battle, hardship, his mates and the Japanese enemy are vividly rendered, as you might expect from a lifelong journalist and author of the Flashman series Fraser is delightfully non P.C holding no regrets for his service, seeking no self pity, and believing in the justice of his cause.And while this is a quick, insightful read on a little known aspect o [...]

    15. This is the last book I would expect to have liked It s a biography to which I am usually fairly allergic and it s a war story Not only that, but there are absolutely no female characters that I can recall Having said that, I thought this book was masterful It was wry and moving without sentimentality It was, at times, also very disturbing, but the descriptions of battles, death and injury were handled with a quiet pragmatism far removed from the sensationalism of most of the war movies I have s [...]

    16. Audio book A book better listened to than read since it s narrated by the author, who does all the accents and allDefinitely brings a new perspective to the war memoir genre, since a the author was an enlisted men, thus you don t get the usual officer s reminiscence, but a frank look of life in the trenches b he knows how to write and tells a good story.Be prepared for some political incorrectness for the modern sensibility the author s hatred of the Japanese is unabated after all these decades. [...]

    17. Author George MacDonald Fraser reads extracts from his classic personal account of front line soldiering in Burma in 1945.3.5

    18. This is one of the best war memoirs I have ever read George MacDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman series, wrote this book about his experiences in fighting the Japanese in Burma While Fraser does not remember every detail of the military operations, he does remember the men he served with, the conversations they had, and the experiences they shared Quartered Safe Out There is not a plea for peace or an exorcism of the author s post traumatic demons like others in this genre, because it does n [...]

    19. A fine memoir of service in the British 14th Army in Burma during WWII, written by a novelist of international repute The author offers a fine perspective of what the global conflict looked like to one that was immersed in it, which is a perspective we can never really know looking back today Well worth the investment of time to read with care By the way, the title is Quartered Safe Out Here , not Quartered Safe Out There the ISBN search pulled the wrong title.

    20. Brilliant book about GMF s life as a young soldier, fighting the Japanese in the Pacific Full of humour, comraderie and sorrow.One of my favorite writers R.I.P mate

    21. A very small slice of the end of the war in the pacific Unusual because it relates a private s later corporal experience where the majority is memoirs are by officers In MacDonald s effort to render Cumbrian dialogue, much of it is unintelligible That I could make out was entertaining Less entertaining are the grouchy old man commentary on the weakness of all generations after I started skimming those bits.

    22. A very open and typically frank and forthright memoir of MacDonald Fraser s experiences in Burma as a young inexperienced soldier The depictions of his northern colleagues rings true, but you ve got to like books with conversations written phonetically The experiences he had were undoubtedly harrowing, and he describes them with the experience of a good writer not overblowing but describing what was going on He offers less commentary throughout the direct memoirs, but then in an extensive postsc [...]

    23. An enthralling account of what it was like to fight WW2 in the Burmese jungle Fraser s time there is so vividly described you feel you are there yourself You feel you know the other men of his section mainly down to earth men from Cumbria used to a hard way of life at home and adapting resourcefully to life in Burma There are other he encounters, eccentric officers, ferocious fighting gurkas, and the two elderly ladies from Fife dispensing tea, scones, and spam sandwiches in jungle clearings, un [...]

    24. George Macdonald Fraser tells the very personal story of his war time service in Burma It is an intensely modest, insightful account, told in a very honest way Some of his views are perhaps controversial, but as he rightly says, he was there, and if anyone has earned the freedom to say what they think, it s him.Of course, you can t talk about GMF without mentioning Flashman You can see how he developed the character from some of his experiences and world view, but as I personally think Flashy is [...]

    25. I don t know anything about the war WWII in Burma, but I ve certainly seen references in British novels That s why I read Fraser s memoir Of course it s about him and his philosophy of life than about the war in Burma or Burma itself That s okay because he wrote it well.War is not only hell it s immoral and obscene But I try to appreciate other views and to honor the armed services people who are, so they presumably believe, fighting for me and for freedom Though I would disagree strongly with [...]

    26. Mr Fraser recounts his experiences as a infantryman in the 17th Indian Division, fighting the Japanese in Burma Not surprisingly, this work is much sober than Fraser s fiction, being an intense grunt s eye view of a nasty conflict In style and attitude, it s much closer to his McAuslan stories than Flashman Still, fans will easily recognize his ear for dialect indiscernible Cumbrian accents abound and eye for the absurd battling a foot long centipede during a mortar barrage Its only demerit is [...]

    27. Another fantastic read from GMF This book is an account of Fraser s time in WWII, where he was stationed in Burma towards the end of the war and the allies last push against Japan He served in Nine Section, which was largely consisted of Cumbrian borderersa tough breed to say the least Fraser is insightful and unflinching in his views on war and what it meant to him and what it has come to mean in the modern day As an eyewitness account, this is a fascinating book Both moving and humorous, I d r [...]

    28. Note my reviews is of Quartered safe out here a recollection of the war in Burma that came out in 1993.This is without question the best memoir of WWII or any other war , I have ever encountered I am not a huge fan of Fraser s fiction, but here the writing is powerful, deeply personal, unsparing and poignant while being precise.Most important, this book conveys what it is really like to live outside the bubble that so many people who are the beneficiaries of the heroism described in this book co [...]

    29. An excellent book by the author of the Flashman series Fraser tells the harrowing story of his service in the British army in Burma during World War II Fraser mixes wry humor with the fear all his platoon mates had as they fought the Japanese in the last months of the war in 1945 If anyone has an interest in the Pacific theater of the war they should enjoy this book The hardest part may be figuring out the Cumbrian dialect that most of Fraser s section mates speak, but with a little patience one [...]

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