Together in Spirit

An online reading group ('TIS a reading group!) to bring together friends, and friends of friends, who aren't able to be in a conventional reading group due to constraints of time or geography.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A lurker speaks...

And for a bit of fun, a guest post from a lurker (John), about Not So Quiet (which he hasn't read):

"It is Price/Smith herself, however, who, in response to her mother’s ‘war to end war’ responds ‘Never. In twenty years it will repeat itself’ p 90. Was such prophetic perception common in the inter-war years? I found it surprising."

Couple of thoughts sprang to mind immediately. First, Wilfred Owen's Strange Meeting:

Now men will go content with what we spoiled,
Or, discontent, boil bloody, and be spilled.
They will be swift with swiftness of the tigress.
None will break ranks, though nations trek from progress.

Second, there's the reference in 1066 And All That (pub. 1930) as "the Peace to End Peace".