Talk:Jon Swain

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I would add at the beginning that he spent his first few years in India, under the Raj.

Azad 06:54, 14 December 2006 (UTC), 06:54, 14 December 2006 (UTC)


Re: "Having escaped from the clutches of the Foreign Legion through the influence of his godfather who was a close fri end of the French ambassador to the Court of St James, Swain embarked upon a career as a newspaperman."

This does not seem to fit with what he writes in River of Time (p.234): "In the midst of basic training I was summoned one day to and interview by a commandant with the Deuxieme Bureau, the French army's intelligence unit. He wanted to know more of my journalistic aspirations which I had disclosed on my enlistment form. Finally, he bawled, 'Pas de journalisme ici!' and dismissed me. I was given a rail-warrant back to Paris, my days as a legionnaire over. I deeply regretted this, but as I later realised a full five years spent in the closed world of the Legion wold have been dissatisfying. I have never lost my admiration for the Legion, or a romantic notion about what, at its best, it represents."

I would therefore recommend replacing the paragraph with: "Having been dismissed from the Foreign Legion shortly after basic training (from his account in River of Time, apparently due to his interest journalism which made the authorities suspicious of what he might do with is experiences with the Legion) Swain embarked upon a career as a newspaperman."

Azad 06:54, 14 December 2006 (UTC), 06:53, 14 December 2006 (UTC)

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