Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Anthem for Doomed Youth, US paperback edition

Anthem for Doomed Youth, the nineteenth Daisy Dalrymple mystery, comes out in paperback in the US today.

Kirkus: "amusing and sprightly"

Mysterious Women: "gripping and fascinating" 

An interesting contrast! Just goes to show every reader finds something different.

This is the poem that inspired the book, and provided its title:

by Wilfred Owen

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries for them from prayers or bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,--
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of silent minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

Wilfred Owen died a week before the Armistice.


Jean Henry Mead said...

An intriguing sounding book, Carola. It's on my TBR list.

Jackie King said...

Love your books set in this era. Looking forward to reading this.

Jaden Terrell said...

Congrats, Carola. What a beautiful cover and poem.

Carola said...

The poem always makes me cry. It was that plus the endless reports of US vets here and now coming home with terrible injuries, mental and physical, that inspired the book.