- 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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Beach Red Hardcover – 1946
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.