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L'ultimo avversario (391) (1942)

di Richard Hillary

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Richard Hillary was a dashing and handsome young man 'with all the luck' who enjoyed a privileged life in the Oxbridge culture of the 1930s. He trained as an RAF Spitfire pilot in World War II and was shot down in the Battle of Britain, unable to quickly escape from his burning aircraft and suffering extensive burns. In THE LAST ENEMY, Hillary traces his extraordinary journey of recovery, which included undergoing pioneering plastic surgery to rebuild his face and hands. It was first published in 1942, just seven months before his untimely death in a second plane crash.… (altro)
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Described by critics as "not a book written by a pilot about the war, but a book written by a writer about a pilot", The Last Enemy tells the story of a young writer's experiences as a Spitfire pilot in training and during the Battle of Britain, and of the life he led after being shot down.
Richard Hillary begins his story with a gripping account of his flight from Hornchurch on September 3, 1940, up and out over the Channel and into ferocious aerial combat, "a blur of twisting machines and tracer bullets". His plane hit and hurtling towards the water, Richard bails out of the flaming cockpit and parachutes into the Channel where, hours later, he is eventually rescued by the Margate lifeboat.

The Last Enemy then tells the extraordinary and moving story surrounding that September day. It describes carefree days at Trinity College, Oxford, light-hearted competitive rowing in Germany and Hungary, training as a fighter pilot, aerial combat and then, after being shot down and cruelly burnt by the flames, of a slow and painful recovery. Richard tells also of great friendship and of tragic loss and - in yet more sombre tones - of intense and agonizing personal reflection and questioning about his own war experience, which transformed him fromm a gifted and handsome athlete, admired and envied by his contemporaries, into a ravaged figure. Unsure of whether or not he would ever be passed fit enough to fly again, Richard asks himself what he can do for those who have died? As he himself wrote: "Then after a while it came to me. I could write." And so he came to write The Last Enemy.
  MasseyLibrary | Jul 3, 2020 |
The Last Enemy (first published in America as Falling Through Space), is a war memoir written by the Second World War Anglo-Australian fighter pilot Richard Hillary detailing his experiences during the Battle of Britain in 1940. It details his experiences as a Spitfire pilot during the Battle of Britain, during which he was shot down in action, sustaining severe injuries, severely facially scarred. The Last Enemy, taken from (I Corinthians 15:26, "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death".
(Recommended by David Mamet) ( )
  MasseyLibrary | Oct 22, 2018 |
sad, glad i don't live in a war zone, ( )
  mahallett | Jun 14, 2015 |
Indeholder "Indledning", "Første bog", "Under München-paraplyen", "Før Dunkerque", "Spitfires", "Peter Pease's verden", "Angriberne", "Anden bog", "Skal jeg leve for en skygge?", "Skønhedssalonen", "Den sidste af de langhårede drenge", "'Jeg kan se, de også har fået ram på Dem'".
Richard Hillary blev født i 1919 i Sidney. Han var jagerpilot under anden verdenskrig og blev den 3. september 1940 skudt ned over kanalen og slemt forbrændt.
Efter en lang sygeperiode vendte han i november 1942 tilbage til aktiv tjeneste og blev dræbt den 7. januar 1943.
Indledningen fortæller hvordan han bliver skudt ned og forsøger at drukne sig men uden held. Han bliver reddet op i redningsbåden fra Margate og transporteret i land.
Første bog fortæller om tiden inden krigen. Hvordan de melder sig til flyvekorpset i september 1939. "The phoney war" inden Dunkerque. Hvordan de træner og til sidst bliver spitfire-piloter. En spitfire er en enkeltmandsmaskine, så der er ikke noget med at have en instruktør parat ved siden af, hvis man har glemt lidt teori under landingen.
Efter Dunkerque bliver piloterne hånet af soldaterne for at have været helt fraværende i kampen, hvilket de har lidt ondt af, da det var deres indsats længere inde i landet, der gjorde evakueringen mulig og en hel del af deres kammerater blev dræbt i de luftkampe.
I kampene efter Dunkerque bliver alle Richard Hillary's venner dræbt en efter en. Han meddeler det helt lakonisk: "Fra denne flyvning kom Don McDonald ikke tilbage." Han flyver selv uden briller, hjelm og handsker for at have så meget udsyn og bevægelighed som muligt i det snævre cockpit. Det bliver dyrt betalt, da han bliver skudt ned, for han er hårdt forbrændt og kun sygeplejerskenes dygtighed og ihærdighed forhindrer at hans hænder skal amputeres.
Hans og de andre patienters behandlinger, sygehusinfektioner, operationsresultater og generelle humør og oplevelser skildres fint.
Han klarer det meste uden egentlig at lade sig påvirke så meget, men på en orlov hjælper han en døende kvinde ud fra et udbombet hus og hun kigger på ham og siger "'Jeg kan se, de også har fået ram på Dem'" og det rammer ham dybt.
Han beslutter sig for at skrive om sine oplevelser og bogen slutter med lidt rigeligt patos i den anledning.

Slutningen virker påklistret, men ellers er den udmærket. ( )
  bnielsen | Apr 5, 2012 |
The Last Enemy is a must for anyone interested in how WW2 was actually experienced. Hillary spends little time writing about his battle experiences, but much more on the period before the outbreak of war and his subsequent time in hospital. He deals with the reasons why people went to war and raises issues that have been glossed over in literature that was written after the war. The story itself is filled with poignancy in that one knows that Hillary did not live to see the outcome of the war yet saw many of his friends die. In short it captures feelings and moods that we are so sadly not witness to. ( )
  Pandaros | Nov 3, 2011 |
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"Falling Through Space" and "The Last Enemy" are actually the same; it looks like the Americans printed one title and the Europeans printed the other. "Falling through Space" was printed in the US while due to copyright issues the international series printed "The Last Enemy". http://www.volumelists.com/detail.php...
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Richard Hillary was a dashing and handsome young man 'with all the luck' who enjoyed a privileged life in the Oxbridge culture of the 1930s. He trained as an RAF Spitfire pilot in World War II and was shot down in the Battle of Britain, unable to quickly escape from his burning aircraft and suffering extensive burns. In THE LAST ENEMY, Hillary traces his extraordinary journey of recovery, which included undergoing pioneering plastic surgery to rebuild his face and hands. It was first published in 1942, just seven months before his untimely death in a second plane crash.

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