The Long March and In the Clap Shack

The Long March and In the Clap Shack 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 m

  • Title: The Long March and In the Clap Shack
  • Author: William Styron
  • ISBN: 9780679736752
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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 eTwo 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 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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    1. William Styron is a striking example of an incredibly gifted writer who began with great promise, wrote one or two brilliant early works, and then slowly declined into a lifelong battle with alcoholism, depression, and assorted personal demons that gradually snuffed out every trace of the great literary artist he might have been. These two short works perfectly illustrate his career arcE LONG MARCH is one of his earliest books, and therefore one of his best. It tells the story of a forced march [...]

    2. The tone reminds me vividly of Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, where the author is basically a fanatic of the military cool-aid. Except, unlike Heinlein who tries to convince readers that the military is this wonderful, benevolent leader if you just shut up and follow the rules, Styron's military is harsh and pointless. Most of the characters were cruel, bordering on sadistic (if not outright over the line), ignorant and racist. There were enough n-bombs and Jew jokes to put Twain to shame. [...]

    3. That's a 4 for The Long March and a 2 for In the Clap Shack. I guess the middle of the Vietnam War felt like a good time to make a grotesque mockery of the "melting pot squad" cliches of 40s Hollywood war movies, but 40 years on, looking back on it is like trying to have fond memories of toilet training. The characters and situation of Long March aren't really any less cliche, but the nested fragments of backstory that cut in and out of the first half are structurally interesting, and even with [...]

    4. Solid and sometimes humorous tales of US Marines. The Long March is a novella about middle-aged Reserves in the early ’50s called back to duty after having become accustomed to peaceful middle class living. In the Clap Shack is a play set in a Urological hospital in the Southern US. These aren’t your typical military tales—no heroics here, but both works reveal hard truths about the Marine Corps, the psychotic authoritarians in charge and the callous apparatus they employ to grind soldiers [...]

    5. Interesting little book - One novella and a play about the life of marines stateside during WW2. Funny and sad.

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