The military cult classic with resonance to the wars in Iraq and Vietnam—now back in print When The Centurions was first published in. The military cult classic with resonance to the wars in Iraq and Vietnam – now back in print. When The Centurions was first published in , readers were. Jean Larteguy (the pen name of Jean Pierre Lucien Osty, ) spent time in prison in Spain in , the year I was born. He then joined.

Author: Grosho Fenrisho
Country: Cape Verde
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Art
Published (Last): 4 January 2008
Pages: 499
PDF File Size: 7.3 Mb
ePub File Size: 12.91 Mb
ISBN: 132-8-31229-302-1
Downloads: 13490
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Tezilkree

View all 5 comments. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Graphic, in spots, but only as much as is necessary to tell the tale. Kaplan, this important wartime novel will again spark debate about controversial tactics in hot spots around the world.

A complex and cerebral book. The Centurions Penguin Classics Author s: May 19, Dan rated it really liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There is also a quite different characterization of these men placed in the mouth of a French journalist, which the reader is free to accept or discard. Readers trust the series centurionz provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The links of shared experience were what mattered. Near the end, there is an especially splendid account of a showdown with a rebel force, told with equal parts thrill and cold-blooded detachment. I had never heard of this book when it got selected for a book club.

Men absorbed as they are in war and with fellow officers often do not centuriohs women as the whole people they undoubtedly are. The characters speak brilliantly, in fine beautifully composed sentences. The Centurions is the first of two books by Jean Larteguy that follows a platoon of French paratroopers the sequel, centkrions I’ve ordered, is Centurios Praetorians.


Their success depends on a logic of lartgeuy. What if you win the war and lose yourself? All in all, it was a powerful book.

I am conscious of the fact that I read this book 60 years after its events. Their struggle, first depicted in Vietnam, carries over to Algeria. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Lartfguy. Thoroughly schooled in the art of guerrilla warfare in Indochina and embittered by the incompetence of the traditional French military establishment and the amoral fickleness displayed by the revolving door of s An outstanding piece of work.

  CAN CSA F280-M90 PDF

The reflections on the nature of Communists and their brainwashing attempts were fascinating; the charade of soldiers playing along while essentially trolling their captors is hilarious; some of incidents that happen during this captivity are heartbreaking; centruions they build to this poignant passage reflecting on the nature of Cetnurions The characters are real, in the sense that I will miss centuirons for a few days like real people centjrions have left forever.

The Annual register of world events, Volume Here are resonant echoes of European literature going all the way back to The Song of Roland and the Crusades, if not to the Iliad — and little of the light mockery that appears as early as Orlando Furioso and Don Quixote a hundred years later or the black comedy of antiwar literature in the 20th century.

Like the American Vietnam war, the French Indochina War is a complicated affair involving a fair number of confusing sides and objectives. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The lessons are still applicable today. While the book is a little disjointed in the telling, and the characters at times hard to sort out, it is worth read This is a book about soldiers, but not so much about war. We see them, warts and all, and we feel for them. But you don’t have to be a student of history to be captivated by the complexity of the book and its characters.

May 19, Pages.

The Centurions by Jean Larteguy

If that is the case, then the book points to a basic difference between noble and base. Some of the most emphasized topics in his writing are decolonization, nationalism, the expansion of Communism, the state of post-war French society, and the unglamorous nature of war.

Featuring a foreword by renowned military expert Robert D. Jan 21, Robert Wells rated it it was amazing.

To find lartegy more, including how to control cookies, see here: Although it did depress—Larteguy’s portrait of a society utterly consumed by hedonistic excess and bereft of a moral code; and of the men sworn to defend that society, who defend but are secretly loathed by it; both larteguu home in uncomfortable ways. The book expresses viewpoints which must have intrigued some in the 50s when it was written, but when read today such viewpoints can only be seen as inherently pathological.


One question raised is this: We learn what makes up their natures just as they do, undergoing the hardships, thr escape attempts, sickness, and final release back to France. This is up there with Bernard Fall as a must-read to understand the Indo-China conflicts or of modern asymmetrical warfare. No, but there was some well-written, unheroic, realistic-seeming action, as would be appropriate for a book of this sort. I’m not much for war novels, let alone ones set in obscure French military conflicts that I know nothing about.

Readers trust the series lartevuy provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Centurions (Centurions , book 1) by Jean Lartéguy

All are viewed in an adversarial latreguy. Read it Forward Read it first. Published in it portrays yhe the chaos of civil war in the Congo after the murder of Patrice Lumumba and the conflict between Moise Tshombe secessionist government and the United Nations Forces. Although it did depress—Lar Held in immensely high esteem within the Special Forces community around the world, The Centurions tells the story of a group of French paratroopers who are captured after the debacle at Dien Bien Phu and survive the communist camps only to return home and larteuy themselves estranged from capitalist, bourgeois France.

How many times has the story recounted in this classic novel about war been writ in the history of mankind? They are released when a cease fire is called and find themselves back in France with little to occupy them until they are re-assembled as the 10th Parachute Infantry Regiment and sent to Algiers at the height of the Algerian Revolution. Jan 27, Pat Dugan rated it it was amazing.