The War Lover

A Novel
Product Number: EB00762610
Released: Sep 04, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780593080887
Publisher: Vintage
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Description

In the immediate sense, this long, eventful and agonizingly suspenseful novel shows what fear, secret hidden fear, can do to even one of those seeming heroes, a war lover. In the longer view, however, this may come to be regarded as the great and ultimate anti-war novel of our time. The scene is an American bomber base in England sometime before D-Day. The characters are the crew of a Flying Fortress named The Body, particularly the pilot, Buzz Marrow, and the co-pilot, Boman, who tells the story of his worship of Marrow, and of how his hero succumbed, on their final crucial mission, to the fatal weakness with which he camouflaged his fear-his secret delight in annihilation. Boman also tells the story of the English girl he loved (and Mr. Hersey's many admirers will note a new tenderness and passion in these scenes), and of her fateful intervention in Marrow's collapse. Both narrative lines flow together and are superbly united in the sustained and powerful climax.

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Author(s): John Hersey
Original Publish Date: Sep 04, 2019

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