This previously undramatised
episode in the author's life sees him accused of treachery for trying to help the Germans.
There are a fair number of undramatised
biographical passages, which make for bumpy reading, even if one takes a latitudinarian position about the role of information in novelistic prose.
In its low-key, undramatised
quality, with the muted presence of the biographer, Reid's work thus tends to repeat the convention of provincial realism which restricts the narratorial point-of-view to that of the focal characters.
The film illustrates that men can be condemned to death by insistence on adhering to bad plans--and this is both fair and accurate in reference to the disaster at the Nek--but inherent in the actual historical context is the equally real but undramatised
lesson that soldiers may be condemned by the failure to insist on action.