Instead the title the missing of the somme is taken from the letters high on the thiepval memorial on which are recorded the names of 73077 men who lost their lives in the battle of the somme but whose remains were never identified. The missing of the somme is described as part travelogue part meditation on remembrance and this is certainly accurate i would say that the meditation on remembrance occupies most of the first half of the book and the travelogue aspect really kicks in at the end mingling together with the discussion on remembrance in a really beautiful way. About the trench is a new art installation by rob heard created of the shrouds of the somme to commemorate 100 years since the end of ww1 shrouds of the somme a major piece of art depicting more than 72000 servicemen killed in britains bloodiest battle is returning to exeter. The missing of the somme is part travelogue part meditation on remembrance and completely unabashedly unlike any other book about the first world war through visits to battlefields and memorials geoff dyer examines the way that photographs and film poetry and prose determined sometimes in advance of the events described the way we . The missing of the somme by geoff dyer the missing of the somme is part travelogue part meditation on remembrance and completely unabashedly unlike any other book about the first world war
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