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The Gallery (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback – March 31, 2004
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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"Burns has a brilliant facility for reproducing the sights, sounds, color, feel, and smell of the places he has seen. He uses this to startling effect to recapture what many Americans beyond the frontiers of their antiseptic homeland for the first time found in exotic and warped war centers as Casablanca, Fedhala, Algiers, and of course the twisted and diseased Napoli itself." — William Hogan, San Francisco Chronicle
"An important novel of our time." — William McFee, New York Sun
"No one will ever forget this book: a story torn from impassioned experience of modern wars in a shattered city of the ancient world. The Gallery is unique, unsparing, immediate; inextinguishable." — Shirley Hazzard
About the Author
Paul Fussell (1924–2012) was the author of many books on war and twentieth-century culture, including The Great War and Modern Memory, which won the National Book Award. His memoir Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic chronicles the time he spent fighting with the 103rd infantry division in World War II.
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Unfortunately Burns' next book, "Lucifer with a Book," was one of the most talked about novels of 1947 - because it dealt with the naughty goings-on at an all boys' prep school - not something America could handle in 1947. Burns was savagely attacked by the same critics who had praised him as a war novelist. Burns left for Europe and quickly drank himself to death, never taking his place along the Mailers, Vidals, Bellows and Capotes of his generation as he deserved. The detached, independant reader will find "The Gallery" a wonderful, surprise read.
Much has been made, and perhaps rightly so, of Burns's frank depictions of homosexuals in the military.Read more ›
In "The Gallery," the narrator takes us on a tour of the galleria, showing us the sights, sounds and people who frequent the area. Each of the 9 stories gives the reader a glimpse in to the social and sexual practices of the American GI in 1944: from a censorship office run by an egomaniac to an Italian girl finding love in an America officer's club to a gay bar. These portraits are linked by the narrator's own experiences from Casablanca to Naples and his realization of what love and the war mean to him.
This novel might be considered semi-autobiographical as John Horne Burns served during World War II and undoubtedly drew inspiration from his surroudings. For example, the portrait titled "The Leaf" takes place in a censorship office; Burns also served in a censorship office while in Italy. It is a wonderful book to read. My only gripe is that many of the characters speak Italian or French, and what they say is not translated. Perhaps this works to show what it may have been like for the American soldiers, most of whom went to Italy and the rest of Europe not knowing the languages. I would like to have known what was being said, though. (This last part may only reflect the copy I was reading. There may be translations in other copies.)
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Novel told from different points of view to give a gritty view of war. Beautifully written with well constructed sentences and interesting characters.Published 8 months ago by remcalor
Incredibly well written portraits of people whose lives intersect in WWII Naples. The style is reminiscent of Ernest Hemingway, but perhap more like Beryl Markham. Read morePublished 10 months ago by DaveSkand
Less a novel than the cry of anguish of a tormented soul who is torn by guilt over the crimes committed in the name of American innocence, and inspired to ecstasy by the sheer love... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tacitus
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This book contains moments of astonishing creative insight and stylistic power. Although not possessing the power and beauty of a Faulkner or Hemingway, it's easy to see why they... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Art Petersen
One of the truly great books written about the North African and Italian campaigns of WWll. A hint of caution; it does not paint an exemplary picture of the American participants.Published 17 months ago by PJPON
Some sections are moving, others boring and preticable.
I found myself skimming much of the book.