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  • Hardcover
  • 158 pages
  • The Backwash of War: The Human Wreckage of the Battlefield as Witnessed by an American Hospital Nurse
  • Ellen N. La Motte
  • Dutch
  • 06 January 2017
  • 9789023455646

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  1. says:

    The Backwash of War The Human Wreckage of the Battlefield as Witnessed by an American Hospital Nurse by Ellen N La Motte is the account of an American battlefield in nurse in French hospital in Belgium The stories of her experiences were so horrifying and bad for moral the book was banned in the United States until 1934 When he could stand it no longer, he fired a revolver up through the roof of his mouth, but he made a mess of it The ball tore out his left eye, and then lodged somewhere under his skull, so they bundled him into an ambulance and carried him, cursing and screaming, to the nearest field hospital.These are the opening two sentences of the first of fourteen stories The story goes on to explain that since he failed in his attempt he was to be nursed back to health, using valuable medical supplies, and when he was well enough, put up against a wall and shot What La Motte witnessed scenes like this and others that make Johnny Got His Gun seem like a child s book La Motte does not seem to have an agenda like many anti war writers, but wants to bring to light the realities of a romanticized war Medals were handed out much like candy It was for the benefit of the morale of the civilian population, that when they saw a soldier walking the streets of Pa...


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    has the Gutenberg link, if I can figure out how to do it.Here is the webpage, which might be simpler Steelwhisper This short collection of vignettes, written by an American nurse, is based on her service at field hospitals in Belgium during WW1 It speaks volumes about the reality of that war and about the absurdity of all wars This book should be read by all who want to know what that war really was like Ellen Newbold La Motte was deeply moved by her ex...


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    Ellen La Motte, a woman who made her name in nursing in the United States by developing new, and at the time controversial, methods for treating tuberculosis, was among the first American nurses to volunteer to work in Europe during the early years of The Great War She worked not in Paris, but in a front line unit 10 kilometers from the front line, a line which, she points out, never moves, merely takes lives on both sides She is stationed at that field hospital for months and primarily works with the most gravely wounded There is a dirty sediment at the bottom of most souls War, superb as it is, is not necessarily a filtering process, by which men and nations may be purified Well, there are many people to write you of the noble side, the heroic side, the exalted side of war I must write you of what I have seen, the other side, the backwash They are both true. loc 696 The details are often bloody and graphic for this was a bloody and graphic war, violence was all around, with occasional days of quiet and boredom waiting for the next influx of...


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    Brutal, poignant and honest account of the devastation of war and the succeeding deterioration of humanity.Pretty tough book to read yet utterly engaging, I couldn t look away The truth in this book is hard to swallow, the vilest side of humans could be witnessed during trying times like war After reading so much on the sufferings of the severely wounded from the start till the end of the book, I felt the hospital aren t really helping these people They are just adding on to their misery and pain Makes me think bleeding to death is merciful than rotting inside our while you are still alive These unfortunate soldiers could have pass on faster if not for the intervention of medicine in the guise of saving life I felt like yelling at them to STOP PATCHING UP THE DYING AND LEAVE THEM THE HELL ALONE Leave them in peace please He was pretty ill when brought in, and if he had died promptly, as he should have done, it would have been better But it happened at that time that there was a sur...


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    I stumbled across The Backwash of War while looking for accounts and diaries from medical personnel.Already then I had been aware of something curious in some of the nurses diaries I had been reading You get to think, and it s maintained then as now, that all these nurses, whether professionals or VADs, were angels in white , relieving the pain, sadnesses and stress of the freshly wounded soldiers, or holding their hands as they died That sort of thing, the propaganda.However, while there were a very few accounts which clearly showed very compassionate nurses, the vast majority were anything but Some of these diaries came over as downright cold, distracted even, as if the patients were a nuisance, some disturbence to whatever else for they actually had undertaken this work It was quite awful considering all those broken men, shuttled through the medical system like so much barely alive meat and treated without much compassion at all I was puzzled I mean, why would anyone risk their life and well being, ostensibly to help, only to treat the wounded patients worse than one would treat cattle on the way to the slaughterbank So, I came upon La Motte s small booklet, started reading and my jaw dropped so far under the table, I had to go hunt for it This book is dripping with the most vicious kind of sarcasm a...


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    When he could stand it no longer, he fired a revolver up through the roof of his mouth, but he made a mess of it And so begins the first of thirteen vignettes, simplistic and simultaneously elegant recounts of war The Great War, The War to End All Wars and the events witnessed by a military nurse The memories, told bluntly and without apologetic snide, seem to flood into you as you read each account the second random than the first and the third arbitrary than the second All told with the same clinical monotone and the unpretentious grace of conviction, sharing only the destroyed foundation of war and its aftermath Each one seeping into the crevices of your skin, bruising you and staining you like dried blood under the edges of your fingernails or crawling ever further into the curve of your cuticles and yet, the accounts are ghastly, fogging your literary senses in a way that makes it feel like fiction, like fable, so clearly evident in the nearly comical and feigned detachment, articulated by strict precision of the our author, Ellen N La Motte, one of the most celebrated voices of the First World WarShe was to demonstrate that lives could be saved as well as lost on the front line and that courage was not solely confined to the soldiers of the savage conflict It seems to be the core belief of the novel, or series of essays rather, that lives could be saved and that lives could be lost both on the front lines of the war each man fighting his way through suf...


  7. says:

    WHAT an amazing book Honestly, I don t believe I ve ever read a historical source like it THE BACKWASH OF WAR is not done as a documentary And it certainly isn t first person nor the type of history you would get with Xenophone or Gregory of Tours Instead, this is a book of vignettes And the author, Ellen Newbold La Motte, gives you stories that are drawn on her experience as an American nurse volunteering in Flanders during WWI.Her writing is astonishingly good It s philosophical, poetic, poignant, and very successful in relating the horrors of war In fact, if I had had her experiences, I m quite sure I would have had to write them down, or else go mad.Take the suicide When he could stand it no longer, he fired a revolver up through the roof of his mouth, but he made a mess of it This ball tore out his left eye, and then lodged somewhere under his skull, so they bundled him into an ambulance and carried him, cursing and screaming, to the nearest field hospital.Since he had failed in the job...


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    I was provided a gratis ebook copy of this book through NetGalley.This 200 page book packs a powerful punch It s said that any book that s truly about war is anti war, and that s the case here La Motte never judges the politics behind the Great War the greatest open criticism she offers is in one section where she scoffs at the men who show off pictures of their wives and sniffle at how they miss her, then use convenient Belgian prostitutes , but she paints a visceral image of the consequences The forward of the book says that the original publication sold well in America in 1916, but after the country entered the war, the government quietly banned its publication That doesn t come as a huge surprise to me The book is extremely graphic even by modern standards.These are the two opening sentences in the first story When he could stand it no longer, he fired a revolver up through the roof of his mouth, but he made a mess of it The ball tore out his left eye, and then lodged somewhere under his skull, so they bundled him into an ambulance and carried him, cursing and screaming, to the nearest field hospital.In particular, La Motte isn t shy about describing the conflicting stenches in the ward I had to Google the term anal fistula good times, there As a writer who loves researching medical subjects, this book is gold I will likely buy a print copy so I can easily bookmark sections I can co...


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    For English, please see below Ellen N La Motte beschreef als verpleegster in WOI het leven in een veldhospitaal vlakbij de loopgraven Haar boek werd in 1916 verboden omdat het een kant van de oorlog schetste die de overheden liever niet gepubliceerd zagen Mede door haar laconieke schrijfstijl zijn de verhalen erg confronterend over kapotgeschoten mannen die gruwelijk verminkt naar huis terugkeren of voldoende opgelapt worden om opnieuw als kanonnenvoer te kunnen dienen Erwin Mortier geeft in zijn inleiding heldere achtergrondinformatie, maar ik miste toch nog hier en daar een voetnoot met wat extra uitleg voor iemand die niet zoveel afweet van de situatie in de Eerste Wereldoorlog English This is the true story of a American nurse in a field hospital very near to the infamous trenches of World War I I put true between brackets above, because it is clear that she intended this for publication and hence it is not like a real diary or journal Her book was published during the war, but quickly got banned...


  10. says:

    This short collection of stories are extremely powerful I will carry their impact for a long while The writer, in her wisdom and sensibilities, seems ahead of her time Not many have taken the time, or interest, in writing about the backwash of war, a...

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