(PDF) [Journey's End] ç R.C. Sherriff
I was going to give this articular bookplay three stars but on deeper reflection I m going with four I had never heard of this classic until I spotted it in a book sale I enjoyed the Everyone Loves Clowns and Other Tales premise and I thought I d give it a chanceThelay itself is set entirely in the trenches in March 1918 and tells the story of a commander and his officers over the time The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles period of three daysI thought the atmosphere in this book was rather confined and this is obviously because of the setting in which the characters are based Some of the scenes seem somewhat long and slow but I think this was theoint Suspense is masterfully being builtI thought the characters were tremendously well developed and I was made to feel their anguish and fear There were some moments of banter and dark humor between the men which I think made this lay seem even real But overall I think that final owerful scene did it for me So haunting 3 starsThis is a WWI classic lay that was not going anywhere simply because it had no female art Finally when actor Laurence Olivier took the lead the Hitler's First War: Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War play becameopular This is a lay in three acts totally resented by male characters They are in the thick of the war in France bivouacked in dugouts Olivier s character Captain Stanhope is leading his men in battle Stanhope is a born leader he does not instruct he leads Everyone is exhausted having been fighting this fight for over 3 years Relief arrives One of the relieving soldiers is Raleigh a younger classmate of Stanhope A classmate that idolizes Stanhope The Captain feels the Žemyn galva į Australiją pressure and tries to evade him as much asossible Then the shelling begins again Act 3 brings the tragedy The book I read was ublished in 1929 in excellent shape That only goes to tell me that this articular book has had few readers Reminiscent of the early writing of this Último asalto play some really good literature goes unknown The talents of this author having written many otherlays was sadly extinguished in Nov 1975 Plays like this one are now few and far between Having studied this Fear (Tricycle Teachings play at school when I was fifteen I m now gearing up to teach it to my own students Before I read it again I remember being irked by how some of the Life in a dugout The steps lead towards a trench ROBERT Cedric Sherriff was born in 1896 and educated at Kingston Grammar School and New College Oxford On the outbreak of the First World War he joined the army and served as a captain in the East Surrey regiment Once the war ended an interest in amateur theatricals led him to try his hand at writing The huge success of hislay Journey s End ublished in 1929 in both Europe and America enabled Sherriff to become a full time writer He wrote many successful lays and screenplays He also wrote novels However the English writer was best known for his lay Journey s End which was based on his experiences as an army officer in the First World War A cover of Sherriff s Journey s End shows soldiers holding rifles fixed with bayonets inside a trench Even though I have read many anti war oems dealing with the First World War which were all written by youths like Owen and Sassoon who had experienced the war in the trenches this is the first time that I have read a lay regarding itDreamers By SIEGFRIED SASSOONSoldiers are citizens of death s grey land Drawing no dividend from time s to morrows In the great hour of destiny they stand Each with his feuds and jealousies and sorrows Soldiers are sworn to action they must win Some flaming fatal climax with their lives Soldiers are dreamers when the guns begin They think of firelit homes clean beds and wives I see them in foul dug outs gnawed by rats And in the ruined trenches lashed with rain Dreaming of things they did with balls and bats And mocked by hopeless longing to regain Bank holidays and icture shows and spats And going to the office in the train Journey s End opens in Bank holidays and icture shows and spats And going to the office in the train Journey s End opens in dugout in the trenches in France in March 1918 It deals with the lives of several officers who drink eat read and sleep in the dugout When not doing any of these things they are out in the trenches keeping watch or fighting with the enemy or laying barbed wire But Mr Sherriff never takes the story out of the dugout as somebody is always telling as to what took lace in the trenches or on the battlefield Battles and wars are all about facing the enemy and fighting with all your might and courage However sometimes it also means running at full speed to escape death like the following extract shows TROTTER Just wear your belt with revolver case on it Must have your revolver to shoot rats And your gas mask come here I ll show you He helps Raleigh You wear it sort of tucked up under your chin like a servietteRALEIGH Yes I was shown the way at homeTROTTER Now your hat That s right You don t want a walking stick It gets in your way if you have to run fast RALEIGH Why er do you have to run fastTROTTER Oh Lord yes often If you see a Minnie coming that s a big trench mortar shell you know short for Minnywerfer you see them come right out of the Boche trenches right up in the air then down down down and you have to judge it and run like stink sometimes Ravaged battlefield c 1916 Here is an extract from the lay which shows the Brits raising their nemesis the Germans rather than shredding them to bits This alone shows you that Mr Sherriff wrote the book from his heart and J.R.R. Tolkien provides credit where it is due RALEIGH after aause The Germans are really uite decent aren t they I mean outside the newspapersOSBORNE Yes Pause I remember at Wipers "we a man shot when he was out on atrol Just at dawn We couldn t get him "had a man shot when he was out on atrol Just at dawn We couldn t get him that night He lay out there groaning all day Next night three of our men crawled out to get him in It was so near the German trenches that they could have shot our fellows one by one But when our men began dragging the wounded man back over the rough ground a big German officer stood up in the trenches and called out Carry him and our fellows stood up and carried the man back and the German officer fired some lights for them to see byRALEIGH How toppingOSBORNE Next day we blew each other s trenches to blazes RALEIGH It all seems rather silly doesn t itOSBORNE It does rather Two German soldiers and their mule wearing gas masks in World War One 1916 All soldiers and officers had to wear masks for rotection from the deadly gas called Phosgene which was released into the atmosphere by the Germans The following extract shows the details regarding it TROTTER I reckon they will I remember one morning last week we was coming out of the salient just when it was getting light in the mo. 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Rning it was at the time when the Boche was sending over a lot of gas that smells like ear drops you knowOSBORNE I know PhosgeneTROTTER That s it We were scared to hell of it All of a sudden we smelt that funny sweet smell and a fellow shouted Gas and we The Humanist Interpretation of Hieroglyphs in the Allegorical Studies of the Renaissance: With a Focus on the Triumphal Arch of Maximilian I put on our masks and then I spotted what it was Gas warfare informationaloster of World War One showing a soldier with his gas mask off Often it is the futility and senselessness of war that makes you appreciate the value of life and the beauty of nature which you earlier might not have In how many colours have you seen the sun rising and setting Read how Osborne feels in the following uote OSBORNE I never knew the sun could rise in so many ways till I came out here Green and The Reproductive Bargain: Deciphering the Enigma of Japanese Capitalism pink and red and blue and grey Extraordinary isn t it Sometimes you have to read something funny or say something humorous to kill the boredom and drabness of war or as an escape from reality Do control your laughter on reading what Trotter is reciting TROTTER reciting Tell me mother what is thatThat looks like strawberry jamHush hush my dear it s only PaRun over by a tram Osborne reads Lewis Carroll s Alice s Adventures in Wonderland during his rest hours for enjoyment and escapism He reads loudly so that Trotter too can hear it How doth the little crocodile Improve his shining tailAndour the waters of the Nile On every golden scaleHow cheerfully he seems to grin And neatly spread his clawsAnd welcomes little fishes in With gently smiling jaws Even crocodile smiles can be so deceiving We had always known about its tears By the way Osborne is reading in candlelight as sunshine hardly comes inside the dugouts When several candles are burning at the same time it can make the temperature uite hot and unbearable Then there were rats which nibbled at your shoes and worms which made you feel ueasyThe officers only get to sleep in short stints of two to three hours On waking up they have their tea and then immediately head for the trenches for duty The cook too sleeps in his dugout and is always being called by one officer or another to serve breakfast lunch or dinner or tea with jam and bread Two German soldiers keep watch while the rest sleep in a trench Lice dirt vermin dysentery battle fatigueshell shock trench foot trench mouth mud snow heat and rain were some of the other odds they faced besides the enemy I loved the book from start to finish It shows the horrors of war and the rough and tough life spent inside dugouts without glorifying it in any way And who better for the job than R C Sherriff who had first hand experience of it No caption necessary as the uote says it all Laurence Olivier starred as Stanhope in the first Your Life Still Counts: How God Uses Your Past to Create a Beautiful Future performance of Journey s End in 1928 thelay was an instant stage success and remains a great anti war classic The cover of the book that I own shows the Piers Plowman: A New Translation of the B-Text poster for the 1929 Savoy Theatreroduction of Journey s End An officer can be seen climbing the steps leading to a trench from the dugout A flyer for a classic The War against Animals play that was running in Ypres BelgiumA film based on the book was made in 1976 It was called Aces High However its director Jack Gold has also added someortions from Cecil Lewis s book Sagittarius Rising Besides he has shifted the First World War story from trenches to the sky with air force Fantasy Noir. Übernatürliche Mordfälle pilots involved in dogfights Even then the story remainsretty much the same It has a great cast which includes Malcolm McDowell Christopher Plummer Peter Firth and Simon Ward A Japanese DVD cover of Aces High You must always think of it like that if you can Think of it as as romantic It helps This review is going to be a uick one because it s impossible to really go into depth without spoiling the storyI don t normally read lays because they seem to unleash a wave of high school related memories and trying to think of uotes and line numbers and acts and basically getting myself into a tizzy But I love the theatre and I ve wanted to read Journey s End for a while now because I ve heard it was beautiful and tragic And they are my favourite adjectives when it comes to literatureJourney s End is an extremely claustrophobic lay set in the trenches in March 1918 as the war is drawing to a close It tells the story of a group of officers and their commander over a course of three days Apparently RC Sherriff intended the Diari play to be called Suspense or Waiting and I have to say they both would have beenerfect titles for thisThis lay was so tenseAnd a lot of eople may dismiss the scenes and the conversations as slow but I think that is the whole A Long the Krommerun: Selected Papers from the Utrecht James Joyce Symposium point and what makes the In the films set around WW1 there is always something happening shells exploding machine guns hammering but in reality there was a lot of time where the men were just waiting Instead of writing alay that is about the combat Sherriff chose to focus on the men and their feelings The most striking Lancelot part was that he could have chosen any group of soldiers on either side of No Man s Land and still had the samelay the same feelings and the same message I loved the "Characters Each And Every "each and every of them feeling real to me Complex Stanhope with his inner conflicts and extremely human fears the dark humorous banter between Osborne and Mason Hibbert and his terror the ever changing relationship between Stanhope and the young Raleigh the enthusiastic optimistic officer who becomes and disillusioned when he begins the truth and sees what happens to men who are fighting I loved them all This Scorch play reminded me of thereface that Wilfred Owen wrote
This Book Is Not book is not heroes English Labour Markets, Identities, Controversies poetry is not yet fit to speak of them And it s so true The scenes between the men were extremely subtle and really drove home the complete and utter futility of it all And I think it s this subtlety that made the final scene all the haunting Maybe I shouldn t go and see this on stage theublic tears could be embarrassing This review is Marrane Et Marronne: La Co-Ecriture Reversible D Andre Et de Simone Schwarz-Bart part of my Poppies Prose feature You can find out here Journey s End 1928 is aowerful lay and an unusual take on the First World WarThe conceit is simple In 1918 a group of British officers wait in an underground shelter for the German army to begin what was then the largest military offensive in human history Two men who knew each other as friends before the war find their relationship and their selves radically altered An older man tries to support both of them as they struggle with the war and each other At no oint do we leave the dugout not even to enter the war s notorious trenches Women's Romantic Theatre and Drama: History, Agency, and Performativity per se yet sounds of the war are heard throughout every scene It s a claustrophobic inte. Ions Many have large casts and an eual mix of boy and girlarts This lay deals with the horror.
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Nse situation and story Apparently Sherriff originally wanted to title it Suspense or Waiting which are actually better titles in some ways As a WWI work Journey s End depicting some key details Our main character Stanhope reveals a man shattered by war in a good ortrait of PTSD when it was only called shell shock We see the British army caught between moral burnout and hard won rofessional expertise The classic sense of commanders being out of touch and inhumane appears during the enultimate raid seuence Comedy around sualor and bad food recalls veterans black humor And some of the Sagwitch: Shoshone Chieftain, Mormon Elder, 1822-1887 plot involveslanning for familiar military details such as launching a raid across no man s land and reparing for a major attack Act III includes a scene that encapsulates a great deal of class tensions when Stanhope disciplines Raleigh for violating class expectations yes other things are involved tooAnd yet the lay differs from many Le rendez-vous post 1914 works of WWI fiction in that it is not clearly antiwar Unlike say All uiet on the Western Front my reflections or Wilfred Owen soems Journey s End is about men who despite everything insist on fighting They are committed to the war even if the issues German aggression etc never really appear A key Molotov Mouths: Explosive New Writing plot involves one officer Hibbert who seems to be faking an illness in order to get out of serving any longer Stanhope massively brutalized by the war manages to convince Hibbert to stay even at theoint of threatening to kill him This doesn t appear to be cynical but heartfelt It reminds me of Pat Barker s Regeneration 1991 which similarly resists condemning men for deciding to fight and likely dieIt is a minimalist lay in some ways Dialog is brisk and concrete lacking lyrical assages brooding monologues or detailed recaps of off stage events As I mentioned before the setting is closely confined in space I can imagine how good staging could heighten thisThe All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence play has been filmed several times and a new version has just appeared I look forward to it as well as hoping to see Journey s End on stage at someointAlso osted to Roads Journey s End is considered a classic of First World War literature now but at the time it was rejected by almost every roducer in the West End How can I In This Land: The Purple Book, Volume Four put on alay with no leading lady one manager complained roviding Sherriff with the title to his future autobiography It finally secured a itiful two night run at the Apollo in December of 1928 where it had the great good fortune to feature an unknown twenty one year old actor in the lead role one Laurence Olivier It and he never looked backIt s a beautiful The Houdini Solution: Put Creativity and Innovation to work by thinking inside the box part for an actor in alay that s wonderfully lean and controlled a claustrophobic tense study of combat trauma in three efficient acts There is only one set the inside of a British dugout and we are not allowed out of it for the duration of the Cybercrime and Digital Forensics: An Introduction play watching the interactions between Captain Stanhope and his four officers as a major German attack approachesAll of them deal with the tension in their own ways Stanhope self medicates with whisky Osborne his second in command is calm and stoical Hibbert attempts to feign a debilitating neuralgia and Trotter concentrates on enjoying his food to the fullestThe newest arrival Raleigh knew Stanhope at school where he was skipper of rugger at Barford and kept wicket for the eleven he hasulled strings to be in his boyhood hero s company and through him we see the changes that a year on the Western Front has wrought on StanhopeIn its setting and in the dynamic of its characters you can see this lay standing suarely behind almost every televisual and film representation of the trenches ever since It is ractically a blueprint for Blackadder Goes Forth with company cook Mason doing duty as comic relief It is also very moving The Meaning of Difference: American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, Sexual Orientation, and Disability perhaps most of all because its characters are not against the war at all They believe that what they re doing is important we watching from a distance are almost overwhelmed by the meaningfulness that can be created from futility Journey s End RC Sherriff s short 96age 1928 One Small Step: An Anthology of Discoveries play about a group of officers in the trenches shortly before a German offensive is very much of its time and yet remainsrofoundly movingRC Sherriff wrote the lay based on his own experiences and appears to have no articular axe to grind neither anti war nor atriotic with its rimary focus on the toll Birds placed on the young officers and the working soldiers thrown into such a horrific situation18 year old Second Lieutenant is the new arrival in the company commanded by his former schoolboy hero Captain Stanhope Raleigh is only three years younger but there s a gulf in terms of the wartime experience that separates theair Stanhope s world weariness and stiff upper lip mentality mean that the intolerable stress he is under is only ever alluded to He needs a bottle of whiskey each day to be able to cope Even this coping mechanism lets him down as the Tales from the Ballpark Tales from the Ballpark Tales from the Ballpark: More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told play develops The small ensemble cast of eightrimary characters are all essential to Isocrates I (The Oratory of Classical Greece, vol. 4) providing a dramatic and revealing dynamic that in such a short book says as much about the devastation and waste of the great war as much longer novelsJourney s End is a gripping andowerful read I d love to see this dialogue delivered on stage It s no surprise that this Robot Programming: A Practical Guide to Behavior-Based Robotics play continues to be revived It s a stunning and deeply moving evocation of the sacrifices made by so many youngeople during the conflict of 1914 1918 and well worth the hour or two it takes to read55 Sherriff s lay from
1929 suspends us as readers in the realm of the Great Warsuspends us as readers in the realm of the Great War lay takes lace in a dug out in the trenches on the Western Front Sherriff elouently brings forward a strange blend of the British class system superimposed on three days of the Great War The characters are colorful and well depicted so I found myself enjoying the drama through their eyes It is a lay depicting humanity with the help of the unreal edges of the brutality of war colliding with memories self and a sense of home I uickly fell for this blend of life and my imagination brought me close to the story I felt like a fly "On The Wall As "the wall as s words transported me to the bunker and a few days of the lives of these men Highly recommended if you like British drama or are drawn to the world of the Great War It would be worthwhile watching a live erformance of the lay I understand that a movie based on the The Mystery of the Two-Toed Pigeon play will be released in 2018httpwwwkatieliascomcommunities Review coming soon Down with a bit of a flu Suffice to say that this neat somewhat toorecious little Rack Ruin play could have been a lot. And futility of trench warfare as Captain Stanhope and his officers await attack in their dugou.