The military cult classic with resonance to the wars in Iraq and Vietnam—now back in print When The Centurions was first published in. The military cult classic with resonance to the wars in Iraq and Vietnam – now back in print. When The Centurions was first published in , readers were. Jean Larteguy (the pen name of Jean Pierre Lucien Osty, ) spent time in prison in Spain in , the year I was born. He then joined.

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I told Myke Cole he should read it, and he told me he was reading the Builders already, and I lartegguy this was better than the Builders, and he told me that was the sort of thing I shouldn’t write in public, and then I went ahead and ignored him.

All in all, it was a powerful book. What if you always beat the enemy but in the end lose the French Empire?

No trivia or quizzes yet. The former coincides with the demise of European attempts to colonize the entire world and the latter are the instruments caught up in it all.

The Centurions by Jean Larteguy | Books in Review II

Want to Read Currently Reading Lrateguy. It should find distinguished acceptance here. Larteguy makes all of his characters come alive on the page, including the Indochinese.


Hue Mark Bowden. This description of the French war in Indochina deserves to be read in all college history classes, as does the account of the war in Algeria.


In broad strokes, the story surrounds the educational process a group of French officers undergo while held prisoner by communists in Vietnam.

Nov 06, Robert Paterson rated it it was amazing. Inscr This is Jean Larteguy’s most famous book that garnered international acclaim and sold millions of copies.

They were equally transfixed by the chilling moral question the novel posed: The book is divided into three sections: Also by Jean Larteguy. On the other side we have the soldiers. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest csnturions. Stay in Touch Sign up. Inspired by Your Browsing History. I highly recommend this great novel to those interested in reading about lartegug and the aftermath of losing a war of counterinsurgency. Now, in the name of Communism, they bound the whole human frame, they frustrated and distorted it.

The Centurions by Jean Larteguy

We chart their crisscrossing and overlapping lives as they try to put themselves back together on home soil and lament with them the changes to their character that forbid surrender to their old pleasures. Each one emerges as sharply lzrteguy.

The reflections on the nature of Communists and their brainwashing attempts were fascinating; the charade of soldiers playing along while essentially trolling their captors is hilarious; some of incidents that happen during this captivity are heartbreaking; and they build to this poignant passage reflecting on the nature of Communism: It is a worldly, knowing, propulsive book, one of the best-selling novels of its time in the French-speaking world, and remade into a couple of films.


It’s a treatise on class, race, communism and colonialism as told through the experience of French paratroopers in Indochina lartrguy Algeria. Men who return from war are something apart.

Well known for being on the short list of David Petraeus’ favorite books, as well as providing literary justification for torture, rape and murder by military forces in order to combat against the western world’s new enemies.

This book has been a great success in Europe. And the reviews I read for example, here: Please try again later.

I’m not much for war novels, let alone ones set in obscure French military conflicts that I know nothing about. Later, their tactics are deniable by higher ups in the French military, leaving the llarteguy to bear the brunt of saving Algiers’ Kasbah. Their very integration into a society rebelling French rule gives them access to information but also requires recognizing the humanity of those they strive to overcome.