Good. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, that'll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included.
Painted Cover Art. VERY GOOD Minus. Mass Market Paperback. 16mo-over 5¾"-6¾" tall. 244 pages; COMPLETE and UNABRIDGED 1st Paperback Printing; "A novel of soldiers overseas, far from their own women; Skinner Galt sought experince in drugs, alcohol and women. He cruelly destroyed the one love affair that meant anything to him; he consorted indifferently with sluts and carelessly with silly, willing girls. He tried to find a meaning for life surrounded by death, a reason for war in the midst of battle, a shred of truth in a universe of deceit. Idealistic and cynical, brazen and tender, skinner Galt is Vance Bourjaily's brilliant portrayal of the education of a young man in love and war." ** Author's first novel, heavily influenced by his wartime experiences. ** Overlooked & near forgotten Classic; ** Critics said that the novel borrowed from the style and tone of Ernest Hemingway. This novel was met with praise by the public. ** Bourjaily was discovered by legendary editor Max Perkins; ** "No book since F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'This Side of Paradise' has caught so well the flavor of youth in wartime, " John Aldridge wrote, "and no book since Ernest Hemingway's 'A Farewell to Arms' has contained so complete a record of the loss of that youth in war." ** A. Scott Berg described as "a novel about a young man's mental and moral disintegration during World War II." **
An interesting, if somewhat dated book. This is what the early Hemingway was trying to write. The style and language is fixed in its time period, shortly before the US entry to WWII, so the book can seem quaint and dated. But the vocabulary and way of expressing thoughts is exceptional. It is a book that seems light but which requires the reader to "fill in the blanks" to an extent the reader either becomes deeply engaged or is turned off.
It is said to have had a great influence on several more famous writers who were starting out at that time. A careful reader will see those traces.
I would recommend the book, though it long has been out of print.
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