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    Robert Kee(Author)

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Journalist and broadcaster Robert Kee was an RAF bomber pilot in the Second World War. His plane was shot down over Nazi-occupied Holland, he was captured and spent three years and three months in a German POW camp.

From the beginning he was intent on escape. After several false starts he finally made it.

First published in 1947 as a novel, but now revealed to be an autobiography, A CROWD IS NOT COMPANY recounts Kee's experiences as a prisoner of war and describes in compelling detail his desperate journey across Poland - a journey that meant running the gauntlet of Nazism.

Robert Kee¿s vivid account of his years in a German prisoner-of-war camp - and his flight across Europe when he escaped. A classis survival story. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 240 pages
  • Robert Kee(Author)
  • Jonathan Cape Ltd; Second Edition edition (May 1982)
  • English
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  • By Mr. C. A. Rollings on 8 August 2007

    As the reviewer whose comment in "The Times" still appears on each new edition of Robert Kee's POW memoir, I shall simply say that no POW book that has appeared since has changed my opinion that this is the most vivid, intelligent and moving evocation of the grim half-life of prisoners of war in WWII. Appearing in 1947, before the subject became popular, it was out of print for decades before being re-issued at the end of the 1980s, and is now recognised as a minor post-war masterpiece. Do read it: as well as being brilliantly written, it is challenging and thought-provoking and at times hilarious.

  • By Jim Bruce on 18 June 2009

    I stumbled across this book, not having heard of it before, although I was aware of the author's later career as a journalist and historian. The most remarkable aspect of the story of Kee's time as a POW is the insight offered into ordinary German soldiers and civilians. With some exceptions, these come across as decent, even courteous, in their dealings with the author. This is particularly evident towards the end of the book when Kee and his comrades receive much-needed food from German citizens on their long march from one camp to another.Through his wonderfully-observed and straightforward descriptions of what happened to him and his depictions of the people he encountered, Kee humanises the terrible conflict. He also subverts popular notions of all Germans living in Hitler's Reich as "evil Nazis".My only criticism of A Crowd is not Company is its abrupt and inconclusive ending. However, as it was published originally as a novel, I'm sure this made sense at the time.That said, this book is comparable to The Diary of Anne Frank in that, although it is just one person's account of terrible trials during WW2, it transcends the personal memoir genre. In fact, Kee teaches us something important about human behaviour under extraordinary circumstances and reveals the capacity for goodness that lies within us all.

  • By Peter Smith on 20 October 2016

    A very good read but a disappointing end as Robert Kee does not finish off how and when he finally reached home. He has passed on now so I can't email him and ask why ?

  • By Swiss Toni on 2 April 2015

    A good book and well written.

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