But for Stanley Woolley, commanding officer of Goshawk Squadron, the romance of Wolley believes the whole squadron will be dead within three months. Goshawk Squadron by Derek Robinson. Antonia Senior. April 13 , am, The Times. Derek Robinson&#;s novels are rooted in realism. He was shortlisted for the Booker for his novel about the RFC, Goshawk Squadron. This scant crumb from the table of the literary.
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Goshawk Squadron by Derek Robinson
Feb 24, Nooilforpacifists rated it really liked it Shelves: It was criticised by some former RFC pilots who felt it denigrated the memories of those who fought the air war. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Pilots often flew several missions a day traversing two sets of trenches where they were liable to be shot at from both sides, plus sustained anti-air barrages, to face superior planes.
You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here WW I aviation buffs. Derek Robinson is a British author best known for his military aviation novels full of black humour. Find ssuadron more about OverDrive accounts. Does not read like fiction.
Overall though, it’s an goxhawk, funny read, with constantly increasing dramatic velocity and magnitude. And in Woolley he pushes the callous leader, who really squzdron he is doing the right thing by his men by trying to harden them to be ruthless, to its limits.
Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. The book has a MASH-like attitude towards the futility and hopelessness of the war.
Quietly savage, funny and heartbreaking He was nominated for the Booker Prize in for his first novel, ‘Goshawk Squadron. For me this was a thinking persons Catch 22 with some of the darkest humour I have enjoyed in a long time. A novel about the air war over the Western Front in It’s a surprisingly complex novel about WWI airmen. I find it both exhilarating and debilitating. In this novel, the war above the trenches is just as grim, dirty, and pointless as the war in the trenches. But the ones that think, the good ones, the professionals, they hide behind a tree and stick you through the Every second you are in the air,’ Woolley said, ‘someone is trying to kill you.
However, his ability quickly to find the core of their hopes and fears without slowing the action mitigated that “problem. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. So this bleak, merciless tale, in which the CO trains his pilots to shoot the enemy in the back was quite a surprise.
The only aspect that interfered with my reading was Robinson’s penchant for constantly shifting points of view within a scene, including shifting to the POV of characters that had never been truly defined. Goshawk Squadron was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in There are innumerable books on war, themed sub-themed or sprinkled with all sorts of sqkadron facets such as patriotism, glory, passion, love, hatred, tragic… But nothing I previously read has addressed the brutal pointlessness so bluntly.
Bad battles are as ubiquitous in fiction as bad sex. The very beginning of the novel sets the tone for the rest of the book.
What to expect from the title, squadeon cover, and one of those online sidebars that suggested I might like similar novels heroically titled ‘Winged Victory’ and ‘The Company of Eagles’? Jan 28, Stephanie Pieck rated it it was ok Shelves: The characters are differentiated only by a few telling lines of description when they first appear – sturdy Derbyshire farm lad Kimberley or Capt. In a week in which Tony Blair, using the timeless vocabulary of the public school, has appealed to our moral fibre, it may amuse you to read a story from another, rather different war, yet still characterised by such rhetoric.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. Pilots are introduced, only to be sacrificed minutes later. Let me reconfirm those credentials; and that there is a time and a place for military yarns, too, particularly with Squaxron Day coming up. It made me laugh out loud in places, the pilots were so funny when off duty though pity the poor restauranteurs.
The dogfights are outstanding suadron terms of detail and putting the reader into the action, but these do get repetitive.
The View from the Blue House: Review of Goshawk Squadron by Derek Robinson (Cassell, )
Would recommend as an antidote to anyone who loved Biggles as a boy. What struck me most about this book was the futility of the encounters. Swashes buckle and cannon fire; young men die in ever more brutal detail. Views Read Edit View gozhawk.
Want to Read saving…. You are currently logged out. But the ones that think, the good ones, the professionals, they hide behind a tree and stick you through the ribs from behind. Woolley keeps no emotional attachments, even to his girlfriend Margery, a nurse in the Hospital Corps.
The writer clearl I really rated this about 3.