In 1917 young Edward Estlin Cummings went to France as a volunteer with a Red Cross ambulance unit on the western front But his free spirited, insubordinate ways soon got him tagged as a possible enemy of La Patrie, and he was summarily tossed into a French concentration camp at La Ferte Mace in Normandy Under the vilest conditions, Cummings found fulfillment of his ever elusive quest for freedom The Enormous Room, his account of his four month confinement, reads like a latter day Pilgrim s Progress, a journey into dispossession, to a place among the most debased and deprived of human creatures Cummings s hopeful tone reflects the essential paradox of his existence to lose everything is to become free, and so to be saved.For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to datetranslations by award winning translators....
|Title||:||The Enormous Room (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)|
|Publisher||:||Penguin Classics May 1, 1999|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
|File Size||:||969 KB|
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The Enormous Room (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) Reviews
Cummings served as an ambulance driver during the war. In late August 1917 his friend and colleague, William Slater Brown (known in the book only as B.), was arrested by French authorities as a result of anti-war sentiments B. had expressed in some letters. When questioned, Cummings stood by his friend and was also arrested.
This book is a fictionalized memoir of e. e. cummings' experiences of World War I. He had volunteered as an ambulance driver, along with a friend of his. As a result of something his friend wrote, he and his friend were arrested and spent a little more than three months in a French detention camp, most of it together.
I've read many books on World War I, and I always expect sadness. It was a horrible time, and I'm almost embarrassed to love this story because it's so very funny. E.E. Cummings (before he went to lower case) went to Paris with a friend at the beginning of the war as an ambulance driver. Early on, his friend spent a letter that the censors found seditious, so the two of them were sent to a prison at La Ferte Mace. His descriptions of his fellow prisoners and the inexplicable antics of the French guards had me laughing out loud.
I never read Cummings before this so this book was a big surprise that has made an admirer out of me. Reviewers that gave this a low rating for his "elitist" attitude and for being a "spoiled British" man must have read a different book. First of all he was American as is clearly stated throughout the book and secondly Cummings is about as far from elitist as you can get. He marvels and rejoices in the underdog. He portrays people exactly as their merits allow. I was amazed by his ability to find humor, even joy, in the worst of circumstances.