Re: Alexander, Kestrel and war
- In response to:
> > Personally, I think that Alexander's finest work was theI recently came across an interview in which Alexander said the
> > _Westmark_ trilogy, especially the middle volume, _The Kestrel_.
descriptions of the horrors of war in The Kestrel came from his
personal experience in WWII. He'd been an eager recruit, hoping to be a
hero, till those visions collided hard with bloody reality. That, like
Tolkien's war experience, explained a whole lot in his books. It also
fits right into T. Shippey's ideas (in Tolkien, Author of the 20th
Century) that a significant number of 20th-century fantasists were
writing out of an experience of war and the horrors of war.