Happy Odyssey has ratings and 25 reviews. Nick said: Adrian Carton de Wiart s autobiography is one of the most remarkable of military memoirs. He was . Lieutenant General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO (5 May . the war correspondent Anthony Loyd (born ). In his memoirs, Happy Odyssey, Carton de Wiart makes no reference to his wife or daughters. Read “Happy Odyssey” by Adrian Carton de Wiart with Rakuten Kobo. Adrian Carton de Wiart’s autobiography is one of the most remarkable of military memoirs.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Happy Odyssey by Adrian Carton de Wiart. Adrian Doyssey de Wiart s autobiography is one of the most remarkable of military memoirs. He was intended for the law, but abandoned his studies at Balliol College, Oxford, in to serve as a trooper in the South African War.
Carton de Wiart s extraordinary military career embraced service with the Somaliland Camel Corpsliaison odyesey with Polish forces 19 Adrian Carton de Wiart s autobiography is one of the most remarkable of military memoirs. Carton de Wiart s extraordinary military career embraced service with the Somaliland Camel Corpsliaison officer with Polish forcesmembership of the British Military Mission to Yugoslaviaa period as a prisoner of warand three years as Churchill s representative to Chiang Kai-shek Churchill was a great admirer.
Both these commands were terminated by wounds. He was wounded eight times during the war including the loss of an eye and a handwon the VC during the Battle of the Somme, was mentioned in dispatches six times, and was the model for Brigadier Ben Ritchie Hook in the Sword of Honour trilogy of Evelyn Waugh.
Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Happy Odysseyplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Mar 30, Nick H rated it it was amazing. The only reason why I can think of statues not being built for this man is that there’s not enough brass in the world for this man’s balls. Nov 07, Jonathan rated it it was amazing. A remarkable memoir from a remarkable man.
I was drawn to Adrian Carton de Wiart years ago when I was reading Paris ; there was a small mention of his love of duels and his time in Poland that caught my eye. Looking through the footnotes and bibliography, I stumbled upon some information on his life and bare bones biography.
At first, I was interested in de Wiart because of his larger than life character– I can hardly believe such a man existed, and, quite honestly, I found him hilariously A remarkable memoir from a remarkable man. At first, I was interested in de Wiart because of his larger than life character– Wkart can hardly believe such a odysseey existed, and, quite honestly, I found him hilariously hyperbolic. I still do, I think. That a man whose life seems to be defined by his enormous capacity to endure punishment and injury would name his memoirs “Happy Odyssey” meant that I had to get it.
I thought it would be a cartoony romp through both World Wars by a man who had more in common with Wild E. Coyote than Winston Churchill. I was not completely wrong, but what I was surprised to find was a wide range of odysesy and downright poetic descriptions of nature.
I think in many ways this is one of my favourite books. For lack of a better word, I can think of few books so honest. I could not put it down. This was a man who knew exactly what he wanted to do and let nobody stop him.
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But even more interestingly, here odyxsey a man who felt very strongly about his friends, about nature, and about his ability to overcome adversity I’m indulging in cliches, I know. For anyone interested in military history, history, biography, and just incredibly told oeyssey Jan 25, Jubilee rated it it was amazing Shelves: What an unusual and completely fascinating read!
I have not quite figured out yet why General Ha;py de Wiart is not more well known and why it took me so long to find out about him. His autobiography is fascinating from beginning to end and leaves you almost incredulous to the events of his life, if not for Winston Churchill’s forward at the beginning! Belgium by birth, Adrian Carton de Wiart began his military career by falsifying his name and entering the British Army as a Trooper during the B What an unusual and completely fascinating read!
Adrian Carton de Wiart: Happy Odyssey – The Dabbler
Belgium by birth, Adrian Carton de Wiart began his military career by falsifying his name and entering the British Army as a Trooper during the Boer War. He was wounded numerous times and lost one of his eyes, part of an ear, and his left hand which he pulled a few of the fingers off himself because the doctors refused to remove.
He received the Victoria Cross and a great deal of other medals. During WWII, he was captured by the Italians after surviving a plane crash in the ocean and held prisoner for two and a half years. During that time, he helped plan several elaborate escape plans with his fellow prisoners mainly generals and did end up escaping, but was recaptured about ten days later. Finally he was sent home as a peace offering during the time the Italians were negotiating an Armistice with the British.
He was then appointed as Winston Churchill’s personal representative to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek in China until the end of the war. After the war, Chiang Kai-shek asked him to be his personal advisor, but an untimely accident caused him to decline the offer.
The book is extremely interesting and reads a great deal like a friendly conversation. Although I would disagree with him in many political and theological ways, his opinions are quite interesting.
The anecdotes he includes throughout the book cqrton witty and add a great deal. I could almost start it over and read it again right now! Aug 25, Bakunin rated it it was amazing Aiart For those of you who have never heard of lieutenant general Adrian Carton de Wiart I can say that “unkillable british soldier” perhaps c “After an examination the surgeon pronounced my skull intact, ordered me a bottle of champagne and told me that by miracle a machine-gun bullet had gone straight through the back of my head without touching a vital part.
For those of you who have never heard of lieutenant general Adrian Carton de Wiart I can say odsysey “unkillable british soldier” perhaps comes hpapy to home. He was a solider who participated in three wars Boer war, WW1, WW2 and got shot in the groin, head, eye twicestomache, and fingers which he had to amputate them himself.
One should of course be critical of the memoir as he de Wiart notes in the beginning that he has not kept a diary throughout the years. This book is based purely on his recollections of his life and what a life it was! He born in Belgium son a nobleman but grew up in Egypt odyssej was sent to school in England where he managed to fit in by his odysdey great at sports. He eventually went to Oxford but decided that it was not for him so he enlisted in the army even though he was underage.
This was apparently easy as the “recruiting office idyssey pandemonium and only too eager for fresh young blood” [p. Reading this book it seemed as though every page contained an event which would be extraordinary for any other person beside Carton de Wiart. His command of the English language was staggering and I found much to my own chagrin that I had to have a dictionary perpetually at hand as new words popped up. He occasionally used words such as Shikari, in an off hand way as if modern readers would know that thats an Indian hunter.
His prose is surprisingly entertaining and refreshing.
It has something odussey the stiff upper lip quality to it combined with an absence of any sort of moralizing wairt common today. There were several revealing instances which give the modern reader a picture of a premodern gentleman warrior. I was determined to fight and I didn’t mind who or what. I didn’t know why the war had started and didn’t care on which side I was to fight.
If the British didn’t fancy me I would offer myself to the Boers” [p. To me war and politics seem bad mixers, like port and champagne.
But if its wasn’t for the politicians we wouldn’t have wars, and I, for one, should have been done out of what is for me a very agreeable life” [p. I believe that this is a romantic view of war where one needs the advent of the extreme event of war in order to value life. While I agree that war certainly value life more, it is possible to do this in other contexts as well.
Nevertheless it is interesting to read this account as one carron a better understanding odysseyy what drives men to war. The thrill of it. I often thought how different war was then compared to how it is now. One need only watch a video of ISIS cutting off someones head to realize the ruthlessness which has become the new face of ahppy.
There is in general a gentlemanly understand of how war should be fought. But in the midst of World War 2 the lieutenant general makes the following realization: War is no longer a gentlemanly activity but one which is ruthless and crushes everything around it.
His view of death was also of interest as well as his sense of pride. Once in the memoir he considered committing suicide rather than be taken as a prisoner by the enemy as he held a high profile within the British army.
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But never, even in the innermost recesses of my mind, had I contemplated being taken prisoner” [p. In my mind he remains an adventurer and a man intent on ravishing life. Or as he puts it: Sep 17, Philippe Borremans rated it really liked it Shelves: OK, this is not “literature” as such, it has been written by a real soldier and it is a biography But what a true story!
Adrian Carton de Wiart from Belgian origin is one of those characters that, if they would make a movie about his live, people wouldn’t believe all the things he witnessed and experienced. If you’re even a little interested in the late 19th and first half of the 20th century and military history, this is a must read. And if they are deciding to make a movie out of this m OK, this is not “literature” as such, it has been written by a real soldier and it is a biography And if they are deciding to make a movie out of this man’s life, I’ll be on the first row.
May 20, Patrick rated it it was amazing. Great book about a guy who truly loved what he did; a soldier always wanting to get back into the fight despite receiving serious injuries. It reads like the diary of an adventurer.