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The feather merchants Hardcover – January 1, 1944


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  • Hardcover: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday, Doran and co., inc; First edition (1944)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007DK8OI
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,591,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Laird on August 25, 2013
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The heart of the Feather Merchants is an inspired and manic sendup of Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls." Of course, if you know nothing of Hemingway, the book must mean absolutely nothing to you.

So. For all of you who are NOT total illiterates, this book is an unrefined gold nugget.

I won't labor the point. Shulman was a comic genius of writing. If you can afford it, buy the "Economy Size" set of three Shulman novels, which comes with its own masterful prefatory essay on the subject of "How to Write," which is all by itself worth the price.

btw, a reviewer should be able to spell the name of the writer he his panning.

Shouldn't he?
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You probably have to remember WW2 to get all the jokes, but like "Catch 22," there are many truths behind the jokes. The greatest generation was not on the homefront. We haven't changed that much since those days. We lauded the vets coming home from WW2; ignored them after Korea (I was one of them); treated them like dirt after Vietnam; and now we laud the vets coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Through it all the civilians act the same way, and it's not very pretty. All in all, we sure are a selfish bunch.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sedonaman on January 26, 2012
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I bought this based on my favorite works by Max Schulman, including "Love Is a Fallacy", "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," and "Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys." It turned out to be a disappointment. It takes place toward the end of WW-II and is about a young Army Air Corps sergeant going home to Minnesota for furlough. There is no real story, and about one-third of the way through, I got to wondering where the author was going with all this. It begins with the main character traveling on a train and going from there to arriving at his parents' place and looking up an old girlfriend and a few buddies. He meets some interesting people, all of them with humorous names. That's about it. Being a series of events without a plot, it resembles "Homecoming, A Christmas Story." In other words, a slice of life. After two-thirds, I gave up, figuring he was going nowhere with a plot.
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