Saturday, November 07, 2009

Saturday Word Play- WWI Syllacrostics

With Remembrance Day around the corner, I thought I'd focus on books set in the days of World War One. I've given you ten books; choosing from the syllables given below, can you identify their authors?

As always, feel free to do all ten at home, but please answer only one in the comment section to allow nine others a chance to play along. (Hint: As answers from others come in, it will be easier when syllables get used up.)


1. The Wars
2. Deafening
3. Soldier's Pay
4. Johnny Got His Gun
5. All Quiet on the Western Front
6. A Farewell to Arms
7. Three Day Road
8. No Man's Land
9. At Some Disputed Barricade
10. Rilla of Ingleside


gypsysmom said...

For some reason the syllables cross over into the right hand sidebar and I can't see them all but since at least half of these books are ones I know well I'm going to guess that somewhere in the list there is L. M. Montgomery for #10, Rilla of Ingelside.

John Mutford said...

Ooops! Worked fine in Firefox. Should be fine in IE now. Thanks for the heads up!

Stacy said...

#5 Erich Maria Remarque...couldn't see the clues but knew this one because I read it this year:)

Clare said...

Johnny Got His Gun is by Dalton Trumbo. Trumbo was a brilliant screenwriter who was blacklisted during the McCarthyism times. He continued to work though with others credited for his work, and someone else won an Oscar for his work.

The motivation for Johnny Got His Gun came to Trumbo when he read about the King visiting a wounded Canadian Soldier after the war, who was limbless, blind, deaf and speechless from wounds.

John Mutford said...

Book Psmith: I was in the process of fixing the clues as your comment came in! In any case, you're correct.

Clare: Thanks for all the info. The Oscar is very interesting. By the way, I believe that book (or a movie of it) was also the basis behind Metallica's One video.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

#1 (The Wars) is Timothy Findley.

But I can't figure out how to cross out the syllables I have taken. Do I use a marker and just cross them out on my screen? Please advise.

Remi said...

I was going to go with the Rogers Writers Trust winner but then I saw the Hemingway one and couldn't resist.

Number 6 is by Ernest Hemingway.

Kate said...

A day late, but:

#7: Joseph Boyden

Wanda said...

Totally missed this on Saturday! I did come looking but didn't see SWP, up too early I guess ...

#8 is by Kevin Major, the same author of my favourite Christmas book, The House of Wooden Santas! I haven't read No Man's Land yet though, have you?

John Mutford said...

You're all correct.

Wanda: I did read it, 3 years ago. My review is here. Wow, have I really had this blog that long?