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Book: Behind the Lines - An anthology of short stories by Ian Patrick

Book Review: Behind the Lines - An anthology of short stories by Ian Patrick

categories: Book, Young Adult, Humour, Memory, Biography, Boot Camp, Military, Whimsical, Satire, Young Romance, Adventure, Short Stories, Coming of Age


Ian Patrick

about this anthology: "Behind the Lines" is a slim volume of eight short stories that have ignited affectionate discussion amongst readers. The separate stories collectively trace the adventures of a young white man coming to maturity in the course of basic training in the South African army during apartheid. Reflecting amusing experiences, trials and tribulations, they are told with whimsy and compassion. These stories will delight anyone interested in coming of age adventures and experiences. The afterword of the collection has been particularly lauded for its insights into the writing of memory and experience, as the 'substantial truth' of reality blends with fiction and imagination.

• "Ian Patrick's 'Behind the Lines' is a stunning autobiographical account of his experiences as a soldier in a time of military conscription in South Africa under the Apartheid regime ... a powerful and thought-provoking read that presents a period in South African history that affected many young white males. The skilful telling of the tales, with their whimsy and wit, leaves one hankering for more." (Amazon Reviewer)

• "Very, very good. A lovely little collection of superb short stories. I am so impressed with this. Subtlety. Intelligence. Wit. And really nice insights into the inner fears of youngsters as they try and fathom the real debates going on all around them." (Goodreads)

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 Very gentle and amusing stories

I thoroughly enjoyed these stories. A young man coming of age and going through such interesting experiences. They are well written and most amusing, with a lovable central character. [by Rebecca]

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