The military cult classic with resonance to the wars in Iraq and Vietnam—now back in print When The Centurions was first published in. The military cult classic with resonance to the wars in Iraq and Vietnam – now back in print. When The Centurions was first published in , readers were. Jean Larteguy (the pen name of Jean Pierre Lucien Osty, ) spent time in prison in Spain in , the year I was born. He then joined.

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But to the paratroop officers and non-coms taken prisoner, being exposed to the grim reality of brain washing, torture, starvation and forced marches through the jungles, there was born a whole new philosophy.

To ask other readers questions about The Centurionsplease sign up. We see some unforgettable characters — Captain Philippe Esclavier, brilliant, world-weary, and first to see that this is a new kind of war, spearheaded by a new brand of nationalist fervor expressed in guerrilla and terror tactics; Colonel Raspeguy, a Basque soldier with a flair for heroism; Major de Glatigny, an upper-class soldier with higher thoughts and lower drives; and many more.

Sep 08, John rated it it was amazing. A friend has remarked that a “key weakness [in the novel] is its understanding of women.

Return to Book Page. Communism in Asia is thus depicted as a close sibling to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. What they had not bargained for was that something had changed in them — the methods used against them by their captors seemed inevitably the methods they in turn adopted to use against the Algerian enemy.

Captured at Dien Bien Phu, the men are held captive for months enduring excruciating hardships at the hands of their Vietminh captors. Larteguy leaves that hanging, but he does a fine job raising the questions our civilization has found too uncomfortable to even honestly ask.


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Jan 26, David rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The characters speak brilliantly, in fine beautifully composed sentences. It is easy to see why this book is the classic it has become. We chart their crisscrossing and overlapping lives as they try to put themselves centhrions together on home soil and lament with them the changes to their character that forbid surrender to their old pleasures.

None better has been written. Our enemies fight for fantasies, not freedomArmed Forces JournalMay From the Trade Paperback edition. I’ve actually been looking for this one for years, as being a classic text on cengurions mind state of today’s all-volunteer army, and it did not disappoint.

I’ll limit my review to a few comments because I don’t want to spoil the story itself. A French officer discussing his denturions with another male is comically surreal. Men absorbed as they are in war and with fellow officers often do not see women as the whole people they undoubtedly are. Lists with This Book. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

One question raised is cenrurions He knew it had to come to this, that this was the ghastly law of the new type cemturions war. I did a reasonable amount of googling trying to get at least a bit up to speed. Modern warfare may be incompatible with chivalry.


From the Trade Paperback edition. The defeat in Indo-China and the fall of Dien Bien Phu failed to drive home to the French politicians, general staff and civilians in the far-off capital, the fact that the policies were outworn, that the old army operations were useless against a ruthless Comunist enemy and a guerrilla war.

In the old days the Chinese used to bind their women’s feet to make them smaller; that was the fashion; it must have had some religious or erotic significance. However, it is fascinating. It is a bitter indictment of a system.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. While the book is a little disjointed in the telling, and the characters at times hard to sort out, it is worth read This is a book about soldiers, but not so much about war. May 19, Pages. The Centurions is the first of two books by Jean Larteguy that follows a platoon of French paratroopers the sequel, which I’ve ordered, is The Praetorians.


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That is why Centurions in Rome took over the power, karteguy of protecting it. If we had read their warnings, we might never have gone. While the book is a little disjointed in the telling, and the characters at times hard to sort out, it is worth reading because it is more about subject and character than violence.

All of them are coming unwillingly to realize that the world is changing, war is changing, and France, too, the France they have loved and fought for, is changing, shrinking, losing its grip on the far-off lands ghe once controlled. All in all, it was a powerful book.

The book is divided into three centuriions Published in it portrays vividly the chaos of civil war in the Congo after the centurios of Patrice Lumumba and the conflict between Moise Tshombe secessionist government and the United Nations Forces.

Held in immensely high esteem within the Special Forces community around the world, The Centurions tells the story of a group of French paratroopers who are captured after the debacle at Dien Bien Phu and survive the communist camps only to return home and discover themselves estranged from capitalist, bourgeois France.

But you don’t have to be a student of history to be captivated by the complexity of the book and its characters.