Barren Beaches of Hell

Barren Beaches of Hell

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0552087386
  • 9780552087384

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Andy Willy was 17 when he enlisted in the Marines to do his part in the war - a fresh-faced high school senior, an orphan unwanted by his older brothers, in love with a girl who thought they were too young to marry. At 20 he returned home - a veteran who had fought in the Pacific from Tarawa to the occupation in Japan. Andy had lived through terrible physical ordeals and worse mental ones. He was going to be a scientist, for science seemed to offer a better explanation of what he had experienced than theology. All the cliches of a war novel and in particular of a novel about the Marines are here:- sadistic officers, top echelon callousness, foul-mouthed enlisted men, drinking sprees, the minutely detailed horrors of tropical warfare. But there is a difference that makes this overly long novel more effective as a whole than many of its kind - a naive sincerity, a youthful seeking of meaning typical of the book's young disillusioned protagonist: Andrew Willy half sad sack, half hero. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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