Bomber follows the progress of an Allied air raid through a period of 24 hours in the summer of , portraying all the participants in a terrifying drama, both in. The classic novel of the Second World War that relates in devastating detail the hour story of an allied bombing is a novel war. There are no. Listen to “Bomber” by Len Deighton available from Rakuten Kobo. Narrated by Richard Burnip. Start a free day trial today and get your first audiobook free.

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Deighton left England in The ldn of twentieth century warfare and its wastefulness is a common theme from All Quiet on the Western Front to Mashbut it is far harder to think of other examples of war novels which do not just concentrate on one side. View all 5 comments. Initially there were a huge deightn of characters on offer here both British and Australian and their German counterparts.

Interesting take on the morality of modern warfare and bombing. I felt a personal connection to these people and am still saddened by the outcomes.

The quality of the author and his writing style is evident in that you feel for every single character, every single situation, you are encapsulated in every moment, you feel the exhilaration, the devastation, the joy, the pain, the relief and ultimately at the end you fully appreciate what everyone in wartime situations go through, and the real power of the book is that this was only one tiny clippet, one day, one bombing raid, one tiny little bit of what was a long, bloody, devastating war.

This audiobook can be listened to on: They bucketed, rolled, and yawned constantly. Photograph of a Lancaster Bomber. There are so many subplots and extraneous details which showcase the author’s knowledge of World War II that the power of the whole novel is lost.

The British base at Warley Fen, the Luftwaffe base at Kroonsdijik, and the bombed village of Altgarten hit by mistake are all inventions. I have to believe that anyone that lived through these events would readily relate to the feelings and actions portrayed by the characters brought to life by Deighton. I particularly enjoyed one exchange.


Some of the ancillary characters are a bit more stereotyped, like the German secret policeman who tries to prove that one of the fliers is sabotaging the war effort, but even he has a less formalised counterpart among the British officers. This is an incredibly detailed look at the bombing of Germany, from both sides.

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You submitted the following rating and review. This part in particular is an example of what the back cover calls the book’s “cool, merciless detail which denies the reader the protection of distance or ignorance”.

Dec 27, arthur bland ddighton it deightoh was amazing. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. This book doesn’t glorify war, it clinically depicts exactly what war is The book ends with an epilogue which gives details of the post-raid lives of the major characters. Thankfully, Bomber livens up a bit once the planes are airborne, about halfway through the five hundred pages.

His father was a chauffeur and mechanic, and his mother was a part-time cook.

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At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. And deighhon the process, he has written a devastating indictment of war and of the mechanical processes — in man and society — that perpetuate it.

A Lancaster almost crashes on take-off; a Ju 88 crashes into the sea after a bird strike over the IJsselmeer ; another is shot down by a friendly flak-ship. Works by Len Deighton. Part of the reason for the ponderousness of Bomber is the literary weight of what Deighton is trying to do – conveying the brutality of war, the waste of a generation of young men, while making his portrayal evenhanded with the reader caring for people on both sides.

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Before he began his writing career he worked as an illustrator in New York and, inas an art director in a London advertising agency. Without any doubt my favourite book of all time. It did take a while to get into the stride of the novel and sort them all out.


In its documentary style, it is unique. I love how the mundanity of the events portrayed in the early chapters starkly sets off the horror of the raid itself and while I have every respect for the bravery of the RAF bomber crews as does Deighton the book brings home just how brutal, cold-blooded and even murderous the concept of area bombing really was.

This is surprisingly effective, and as each successive event is dissected, the pointlessness and barbarity of war is laid bare. Oct 13, Andrew Holmes rated it it was amazing. Still, for all this time, familiarity on the bookshelves has given me a favourable opinion of Deighton’s work The IPCRESS File was an exception, but that was his first novel, and in retrospect reading such a demanding work on the bus was probably a bad ideaand so I was greatly pleased to hear that his novel, Bomberhad been longlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. IMHO, it is a book about war that is decidedly anti-war. Brutal, terrifying, emotional, devastating and life changing and all this in a twenty four hour time window!

They hit hard walls of it and dropped sickeningly into deep pockets. However, I can understand why. You’ve successfully reported this review.

I would heartily recommend it to anyone who is an aviation nut the technical descriptions of the aircraft are fascinating, even to a relatively ill-informed person such as myself or appreciates well-written historical fiction, particularly about the Second World War.