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Three Cheers for Me The Journals of Bartholomew Bandy RFCIt is for Me MOBI #238Bartholomew Bandy fourth year medical student decides that it is time to join the War The prim young Canadian expects that he will have few problems remaining clean and virtuous Three Cheers MOBI #204 But he is aware that his bland horse like face dri. Undeservedly obscure this book kicks off the series of novels that follow Bartholomew Bandy and his military exploits from WWI through WWII The stolid and cheerful Bandy son of a rural Canadian pastor finds himself shipped off to Europe to serve in the infantry armed with much advice about protecting his feet and strict parental commands to abstain from alcohol tobacco and sex He promises to do so He tries to keep his promises but he fails through a series of accidents or through the general backsliding that happens sometimes when people are far from home It wouldn't be much of a novel anyway if he were successful At first the only possible survival strategy amidst the complete chaos of the war and paucity of useful information about how the war was going for those on the ground is the non strategy of going with the flow Almost everything Bandy does seems unintentional but things start to work out for him anyway Shortly after arriving at the Western Front he unintentionally distinguishes himself and is able to transfer out of the infantry and into the Royal Flying Corps a precursor to the Royal Air Force His fortunes especially improve once he gets out of the trenches and into the air Through a series of unlikely incidents Bandy becomes acuainted with aristocrats and senior officers as he collects medals and citations Unlike George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman series The Bandy Papers as the collected novels are called include no analysis of the historical events they portray Bandy does not guide the readers or provide perspective on great events the way Flashman does Flashman is historically self aware Bandy is not Fraser's passion for footnotes is apparently lost on Donald Jack Bandy's creator So readers do not learn if the novel's characters are historical figures or if specific events in the novels are historically accurate The Bandy Papers are less intellectually edifying and less morally objectionable than the Flashman books See my reviews especially of the first Flashman novel But Bandy manages to entertain With its absurd and slapstick plot and wartime mortality 3 Cheers for Me bears comparison to Heller's Catch 22 than it does to many historical novels

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CHARACTERS Â Three Cheers for Me The Journals of Bartholomew Bandy RFC ñ ❰PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Three Cheers for Me The Journals of Bartholomew Bandy RFC Author Donald Jack – It is 1916 Bartholomew Bandy fourth year medical student decides that it is time to join the War The Ves people crazy and that he has a certain tendency to be accident prone How will the war affect him and vice versa The Cheers for Me PDF #203 realities of trench war at the front provide a contrasting backdrop for his adventures as he blunders into contact with all sorts. I cannot believe that I have not reviewed this favourite until now I had collected a few words about the longer series that comprise The Collected Bandy Papers Vols 1 9 They are modern day comedy classics and Three Cheers for Me is the one that kicked it off and garnered the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour back in the 60'sIn point of fact I have read this one many than the two dates applied here Needing a good reminder of what exceptional comedic writing can evoke I needed a mood booster I turned to this old friendThree Cheers for Me is the first in the memoirs of Bartholomew Wolfe Bandy by Donald Jack It was first published in 1962 and along with subseuent volumes it was very deservedly awarded the Stephen Leacock Award for humour on three occasions These awards seem all the appropriate given the very Leacockian prose style of the Bandy papers themselvesIf you have not ever been exposed to Bandy I can not recommend Three Cheers enough They are superb examples of the comedic novelist's art down the line of PG Wodehouse Evelyn Waugh and George Macdonald Fraser Set in early twentieth century Ontario BW Bandy the hero is an Ottawa valley farm boy who heads off to fight in the First World War He meets real life notables along the way enjoys some of the most brilliantly told adventures and despite the comedic delivery actually teaches much about Canadian history These novels demonstrate the close connection between literature and history the enduring importance and beauty of a tale well toldThe late Donald Jack's talent as a raconteur has the comedic timing so essential not just to written prose but comedy deliver in any media But comedy is much deeper than just laughs and the special accomplishment of this book and the broader series is his uniue ability to relate very poignant and real events using mirth to ultimately captures the human experienceAmidst the muck and tragedy of war we meet and Jacks was a master of rapid and intimate characterisation a stream of odd and fascinating characters Theses range from punctilious colonel who is inadvertently harassed to mania by Bandy to seemingly suspect compatriots that may or may not be out to him to a mischievous horse that clearly is out to get our hero All would be utterly ridiculous on their own but when cast in the web of Bandy are believable and play their mirthful rolesJack had a uniue ability to deliver comedy in that deadpan manner that raised the level of amusement to a new high I could go on at length about my recollections of Bandy but instead I would like to end with an excerpt from the first volume of the series where young Bandy joins the Canadian Expeditionary Force and heads off to Europe He is placed in charge of a platoon and we find him training a colourful crew on Salisbury Plain in England Bandy assumes his authority despite his own experience or natural ability with typical officiousness As I typed this passage in I was typing through tears of amusement despite the fact that I have read this passage countless times over the past couple decades CheersOne day on the grenade range I had a narrow escape I was in charge of a small party of bombers One of them was a thin sallow man from Toronto called Soapes I had been a bit uneasy about him from the start since he had been showing signs of fright at the thought of hurling a live bombWe were in a small sandbagged enclosure five or so feet below ground level and well protected from the blasts by a parapet of sandbags I gave everyone careful instructions repeated them three times slowly and threw the first bomb myself before handling the the second bomb to SuiresSuires in spite of a bad habit of clattering his false teeth together like a riveting gun had shown himself to be reliable He got rid of the grenade with credible alacrityThe next soldier Private Barbara began badly by releasing the spring clip in the pit before throwing the bomb Unfortunately of all persons it had to fly at it chose Private Soapes; and in trying to catch it he somehow managed to entangle it in his trouser pocket For some reason Soapes immediately go the idea that the spring arm was the bomb itself He gave a terrified scream and tried to tear the piece of metal out o his pocket It caught in the lining of his trousers and although it tore a large hole it remained stuck Whereupon still screaming at the top of his voice he started to remove his trousers Under different circumstances I would probably have congratulated him on his uick thinkingMeanwhile unnerved by the shrieks of Soapes the rest of the men had made a concerted rush for the narrow double bagged entrance But there they had managed to wedge themselves so firmly that not one of them was able to get through By now they were al shouting as well as kicking biting scratching and elbowing in their frenzy to get away from the trousersIn the middle of this I suddenly noticed Private Barbara staring stupidly at the antics of Private Soapes who indeed presented an absurd site hoping around on one leg with hi trousers half off and screaming like a stuck pig Private Barbara had not moved a muscle since the spring arm had flown at Soapes There was a distinctly unpleasant sensation in my stomach when I realized that Barbara was still holding the bomb and that it was smoking When it smokes its due to go offI opened my mouth to shout a warning to Barbara but discovered to my surprise that my mouth was already open and that I was already shouting Now Barbara noticed the smoking grenade still in his hand His expression changed; he could not have looked surprised had he found himself holding a haddockI snatched the grenade from him Luckily his fingers were slack I could not see myself spending half a minute prying the thing loose otherwise and heaved it over the parapet Simultaneously another object flew up and followed it over the sandbags It was Private Soapes' trousers Donald Jack Three Cheers for Me McClleland and Stewart 1962 pp26 7Three Cheers for Me is a remedy for all the dishumours that may ail you I can only recommend falling into the spell of Jack's beguiling BW Bandy I strongly suspect you'll find yourself hungrily consuming the rest of this series I did and continue to do so when I turn to them like an old friend