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Beach Red Hardcover – 1946

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; First Edition edition (1946)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007JJBNQ
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,428,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Just inside the cover says, Red Beach, A Novel by Peter Bowman. But, this is not a novel. It is a 61 page prose poem, organized in non-rhyming stanzas with varying numbers of lines in each stanza. And it is good. It grabs you.

I just found this book today in a used book store. It jumped out at me. Don't know why. I cracked it, to read a few lines, check it out, and it had me. The images and descriptions are such that I am certain Bowman was a combat vet.

The book is copyrighted 1945. The year the war ended. I am sure it did not sell well. It is too truthful, and few want to read truth so soon after a hard war. It is the story of a young Army lieutenant and his experiences as he and his men storm ashore to fight the Japanese. The GI dialog is too authentic and descriptions and nomenclatures of equipment are too accurate for Bowman not to have been there.

But, I wonder. Bowman has two other books listed in Amazon. One is about anthropology and the other is on Latin. Who was this guy? Why didnt he write more? On top of all that, the poetry is well written. It works. This is no small task given all the combat imagery and military slang within. So, what do we have here? A poet who wrote a 61 page poem about his war experiences the year the war ended? It usually takes years of introspection and mental percolation before one can crank out this kind of writing, on this level. I don't know. But, I consider this book a jem of a find.
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Format: Hardcover
Frankly I am offended by this book. Although it is written as a first-hand account of combat in the jungle, many things about it do not ring true. It so happens that my copy of this book includes a reprint of the Book of the Month Club introduction by John P. Marquand. In it he writes that the author "was exposed to extensive instruction in amphibious operations, but he was never obliged to put his instruction into practice." That's right, the author never participated in an amphibious landing or a jungle battle. Given the number of men who actually endured such events, I don't really think Corporal Bowman is entitled to write a first-person account of it. It doesn't help that he has a pompous self-righteous writing style, quoting the bible liberally and writing like he's a philosopher.
Maybe I'm mad because I just read Dr. Jim Vedder's true account of his time on Iwo Jima and this guy just comes across as a poseur. Bowman should at least have had the decency to wait until the war was over for a while before imposing his fiction on us.
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Format: Hardcover
I found this treasure in a thrift store, started to read it and couldn't stop. It is long/amazing poem about where the mind goes if the immediate present is too awful to believe and endure. It jumps from the horror and fears of battle, enemies, and death to musings about love, the humanity of the enemy and other odd thoughts. It is dated and uses derogatory language. It has an interesting rhythm and each short chapter of two or three pages ends with a short provocative sentence.
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Format: Hardcover
Few war stories can match this blank verse rendition of WW II on an island invasion in the Pacific.
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