Alan moorehead a late education
A Late Education by Alan MooreheadA Late Education is the story of how Alan Moorehead, one the finest Australian Journalists of the century, grew up in the suburbs of Melbourne, how he escaped to Europe at the age of 26 and plunged into the hallucinating prewar days in London and Paris. Moorehead was in England when Edward VIII abdicated, in Paris during its last gay days of the 30s and was sent to Spain on a tanker smuggling petrol into Valencia.
But this is also the story of Mooreheads friendship with a fellow journalist, Alexander Clifford. They were complementary opposites, professional rivals as well as friends. Clifford was an intellectual European and a profound pessimist, uncertain of himself and the world. The expatriate Moorehead was driven by his curiosity, brilliance and eagerness to discover the world.
Together the pair went through the battles in the Western Desert, the landings in Sicily and France, and the final destruction of Hitler and Germany, which Moorehead recorded in his marvellous war books Eclipse and African trilogy.
After the war both Moorehead and Clifford continued to work in Europe, and their long conversations only ended with Cliffords death. By then Moorehead was writing the historical books for which he is so well known. A Late Education, the last book he wrote, is his own history.
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What do you want in a book anyway? Do you want to find bits of insight? Well, here you are. This is a work of memory and deep introspection from a writer and This is an unusual but captivating, episodic autobiography of an Australian journalist in the 's to early 's. The style is beautifully clear and makes for an engaging, easy and thought
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With his striking and sensitive good looks Moorehead was the perfect figure of the fearless and romantic writer and traveller. As a war correspondent in the Second World War he was twice mentioned in dispatches. Later he would become famous as the author of books on Gallipoli, the discovery of the Blue and White Nile, and the Burke and Wills expedition across his native Australia. A Late Education describes how it all began. By the time he first met the charismatic English journalist Alex Clifford in , young Moorehead, newly arrived in Europe, had already managed to smuggle himself into Spain on a Russian tanker running supplies of oil to the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. With vivid brushstrokes he conjures up the heady atmosphere of his salad days in pre-war London and Paris, the feverish feel of Berlin during the Olympics, the pathos of the ragged and defeated Republican armies as they struggled over the Pyrenees from Spain into France, the confusion of war in the desert.
It was in the Bar Basque at St. Jean de Luz, on the fringes of the Spanish Civil War, that the nervously ambitious young newspaperman from Australia met the taciturn English man and asked the way. The one was Alan Moorehead and the other Alexander Clifford. It would be fitting to record that there was instant recognition of a strange rapport, the special compati bility that was to make their later relationship so strong and celebrated. On the contrary, Alex Clifford greeted Moorehead churlishly, and Moorehead cherished the snub. Over 14 years to come, while the world blundered into the bigger war, and through it, and eventually somehow out the other end, the two reporters grew into a friendship that was al most an identification, over and above the usual colleagueship of cor respondents who covered those many battlefields.