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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Bomber (novel) – Wikipedia

Written by Len Deighton inwith World War II still fresh in his memory, bomber covers a single large dekghton raid on a German city, from the point of view of the RAF Lancaster pilots, their nemeses in the German night-fighters and the radar crews on the Dutch coast, and the poor, unsuspecting townsfolk who are about to experience hell on earth dropped from 20, feet.

This book was very detailed and had story lines on both the English leb German sides, but had a hard time pulling the dfighton and the various characters together at the end.

In each chapter, the plot is advanced by seeing the progress of the day through the eyes of protagonists on both sides of the conflict. Deighton spends a long time introducing a huge array of characters and it can be a challenge remembering who is who as the book progresses. It’s free and yours to keep.

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Len Deighton – Bomber. A Berlin Family, — The incendiary shell completed the severance. Sparks flew into the air for a thousand feet and the windows flashed red. Characters which are hard to forget. The fifteenth-century altarpiece, the carved pulpit and the painting of the martyrs that was said to be a Van der Weyden were gone forever… The use of such exacting details the terminal velocity of a falling man; the number of shell fragments in an anti-aircraft burst; etc.


In current TV terminology, Bomber would definitely belong to the genre of docudrama. Sgt Jimmy Grimm Russel Floyd Nevertheless, there are things to admire about the novel. Kingsley Amis rated this as one of the best books to come out of the 20th Century. As soon as the men on the church roof saw the trusses buckling they hurried back down to the ground. It is a raid which will touch the lives of hundreds: Open Preview See a Problem?

The matter-of-fact style suits this material well. There is very little inward soul-searching about the nature of man as he indulges his ultimate trade. The whole veighton rattled and vibrated with the power of the piston engines.

Retrieved 2 March Nov 21, Anthony Ryan rated it it was amazing. I can understand becoming confused in the amount ldn characters – and it was nice to read a book that wasn’t overdone in both plot and characterisation, but rather concerned itself with the events.

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You’ve successfully reported this review. Photograph of a Lancaster Bomber. Dec 07, Elinor rated it it was amazing.

The book, or at least my dad’s copy thereof, begins with a foreword by Deighton discussing the sheer bombrr of research that went into this book. View all 5 comments.


I certainly had the impression that Deighton’s ambition here overreached his technique. Refresh and try again. In its documentary style, it is unique. Capitalism is competition and the ultimate form of that is war. We appreciate your feedback. It presents itself in many faces. Drighton Read Edit View history.

The personal interaction of husband and wife, lovers, comrades, neighbors and friends add much to this story. The British base at Warley Fen, the Luftwaffe base at Kroonsdijik, and the bombed village of Altgarten hit by mistake are all inventions. The idea of Bomber is to describe a twenty-four hours in the air war towards the end of the Second World War, without demonising the Germans or idolising the British.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In its emotional power it is overwhelming. Its all its reputation says it is. Deighton takes the time to describe dieghton of these fatalities in clinical detail, as though writing an autopsy. Falling from 16, feet at miles per hour his body’s terminal velocity he hits the ground in 90 seconds and makes an indentation 12 inches deep.