Simon Murray's Legionnaire
Just got through reading Simon Murray's Legionnaire!
It was a pleasure and delight to read it and I only wish that it was longer so that I can continue to indulge in it!
A few things really surprised me and amazed me. The first was that despite using a daily journal format, it was incredibly well written and full of insight. While reading it, I almost felt that I was there in the book, paying testimony to Murray's experiences!
The second, as a FFL admirer, it drove me crazy to read the descriptions of "brutality", the "senseless" abuse of loyal and brave men by those in command, and the incidence of desertion.
The third was that despite a rough, austere, and sacrificed lifestyle; a legionnaire could still be human and have fulfilling moments of love and friendship.
I almost cannot conceive the book without the epilogue, as I imagine it once existed before the year 2000. I could have not sleep if I was not to find out what happened with Murray's love for Jennifer and what happened to the friendship with Soto and Vignaga and their utopic meeting at Manneken Pis. Call me a wuss if you want, but if you didn't get a lump or two reading the epilogue... there is something wrong with you!
Simon's Murray Legionnaire will forever be one of my favorite books! It embodies the romanticisim of the Legion in the same manner that Edith Piaf, Alan Seeger, and Siegfried Sassoon do!
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