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By Merrel D. , Jr. Clubb

An unheard of storyteller with an analytical eye, Merrel Clubb has collected the letters he despatched his mom and dad from the Pacific Theater of worldwide warfare II and his next reflections on that conflict and on his lifestyles right into a form of then-and-now memoir. The letters are a treasure trove of humor, nervousness, and wish, revealing a tender guy thrust right into a warfare that he doesn't comprehend. via this extraordinary portal at the earlier, we examine of the tragic absurdity of warfare, of a soldier proficient for naval battle yet despatched into land conflict with guns he'd by no means ahead of fired; of command put up latrines at which even commanding officials have been sitting geese; of the ghoulish trophies and mementos that infantrymen accumulated from the battlefields.

The letters describe a vibrant solid of characters, from Clubb's adolescence pal who instilled a love of poetry in his comrades to the hillbilly singer and the prostitute with whom the younger Clubb had assorted amorous adventures. however the such a lot compelling determine during this narrative is, in fact, Clubb himself, an highbrow who carried Jane Austen and Joseph Conrad together with his tommy gun; who used books as a fortification for his foxhole, studying upon waking one morning that "Ouspensky stopped a bullet"; and who, in a darkly funny second, wrote domestic that "Plato is lovely consoling, simply because i will continually imagine that someplace there's a excellent hell of a army of which this can be yet an imitation or representation."

Returning to those letters years later activates Clubb to seem back on the moment international battle and on the atomic bomb that ended it. In an research as valuable to figuring out our personal historic second because it is to reconsidering the earlier, Clubb counters the normal knowledge shared through veterans and civilians alike, fairly in regards to the notion of a "just war."

For Clubb, as for thus many veterans, the struggle doesn't finish with the victory over Japan. regardless of the intervening years, Clubb reveals that the haunting episodes skilled over part a century in the past echo nonetheless. Even within the solitude of the woodland, within the looking events he meets, within the animals he himself kills, he hears back the sound of conflict, sees back the faces of the sufferers of war.

Part letters, half memoir, and half scholarly research, this quantity levels over an unlimited, colourful, and weighted territory. From the battles and respites within the Pacific Islands, to the evening golf equipment and get in touch with women of mainland San Francisco and San Diego; from the relative quiet of his aptly named native land, Stillwater, to the equally quiet Montana backcountry, Clubb's narrative explores the mental terrain of a lifestyles disturbed, and perpetually replaced, by means of war.

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A great storyteller with an analytical eye, Merrel Clubb has amassed the letters he despatched his mom and dad from the Pacific Theater of global battle II and his next reflections on that conflict and on his lifestyles right into a form of then-and-now memoir. The letters are a treasure trove of humor, anxiousness, and desire, revealing a tender guy thrust right into a struggle that he doesn't comprehend.

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