Private Angelo by Eric Linklater
Private Angelo; Angelo, a private in Mussolini's 'ever-glorious' Italian army, may possess the virtues of love and an engaging innocence but he lacks the gift of courage. However, due to circumstances beyond his control, he ends up fighting not only for Italy, but also for the British and German armies. With his patron the Count, the beautiful Lucrezia, the charming Annunziata, and the delightful Major Telfer, Angelo's fellow characters are drawn with humour, insight and sympathy, making the book a wittily satirical comment on the grossness and waste of war. Eric Linklater, who served with the Black Watch in Italy in World War n, is one of Scotland's most distinguished writers. In Private Angelo he has written a book which demonstrates that honour is not solely the preserve of the brave. One of my favourite reads. Comic novel about an Italian soldier who does his best to avoid fighting for Italy, Germany and later the Allies. Seriously funny and one of my favourite reads.
- Sixth Impression
- Publisher Jonathan Cape, London; 1949
- Green Cloth Hardback With Gilt Title, 272 pp
- Size 195 x 130 mm, 500g
Condition: Good – Unclipped Dust Jacket Has Rubbed Edges, No Inscriptions, Good Copy