Monday, November 21, 2005

The War Mania - Canadian Style!

In another class, I am reading the literature of Stephen Leacock, a Canadian humourist writing in the early 20th century. In his Moonbeams From the Larger Lunacy he has a short story titled "The War Mania of Mr. Jinks and Mr. Blinks," which I found online here.

It is interesting to contrast this story with The General; they have very different perspectives on the War. In "War Mania," Mr. Jinks and Mr. Blinks act out battles as they ought to be fought, using bits of bread, olives, and table utensils while sitting comfortably in a men's club. However, in this story Leacock shares the same succint writing style as Forester and their involved play almost captures some of the same horror of the war that Forester addresses.


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