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The Long March and In the Clap Shack (2 Books in 1) Paperback – January 4, 1993
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Two extraordinary works about soldiers in a time of dubious peace by a writer of vast eloquence and moral authority. With stylistic panache and vitriolic wit, William Styron depicts conflicts between men of somewhat more than average intelligence and the military machine. In The Long March, a novella, two Marine reservists fight to retain their dignity while on a grueling exercise staged by a posturing colonel. The uproariously funny play In the Clap Shack charts the terrified passage of a young recruit through the prurient inferno of a Navy hospital VD ward. In both works, Styron wages a gallant defense of the free individual--and serves up a withering indictment of a system that has no room for individuality or freedom.
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With stylistic panache and vitriolic wit, William Styron depicts conflicts between men of somewhat more than average intelligence and the military machine.
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An early short novella from the great William Styron exploring the growing freedom and liberation and changes that came post war as society pulled away from years of conformity, wars and austerity. Maybe shy of Styron's greatest works,but anything Styron wrote is well worth reading.
Set in a military base in Carolina, the two main protagonists, Culver and Mannix, are officers in the Marines. Having served in WW2, they remained reservists, never expecting to be wrenched away from the lives they've created with wives and jobs just 6 years later with the onset of the Korean War. Utterly resentful at being brought back to the military life, they despise the career soldiers, the stupid commands, the loss of life.
"You know", he said once, "I think I was really afraid just one time last war." The phrase 'last war' had had, itself, a numb resigned quality, in its lack of any particular inflection, like 'last weekend' or 'last movie I went to see."
After a friendly fire accident - heart rendingly described - leaves eight young soldiers dead, the Colonel orders a 36 mile walk; pride and a determination to spite is superior leave Mannix determined that he and his men make it, no matter what... The fatigue, the unreality, the pain and struggle to keep on are convincingly portrayed.
A book that would merit a second reading.
Among the staff, there is Dr Glanz, well known for "always wanting people to be sick" and the homosexual male nurse Lineweaver who naturally delights in examining the patients in the ward.
A tragic and at the same time comic play about the way patients can be manipulated and mislead by the medical profession, the competence of which is clearly to be mistrusted according to Mr Styron.