They Die With Their Boots Clean Book Summary and Study Guide

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Set mostly in England in 1940 or 1941, this slim novel is Kersh's tribute to the Coldstream Guards, an elite British military outfit with whom he served during that period. Although war (the First and the impending Second) and the Germans surround the story, there really isn't any battle on stage here: Most of the book describes the transformation of average British guys into fighting trim during their basic training, although we hear the stories of old vets from wars past as well. The vast majority of the text is dialogue, in various British dialects. It's a portrait of a people, as well as a close look at how armies are built.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army Specific to    -   WW II Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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