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  1. Anybody who enjoys Charles Willeford's fiction owes it to themselves to read this memoir. Not only are the stories remarkable (their impact is oddly heightened by deadpan delivery) but also you will see the author's formative influences.One could also regard this as a companion to "From Here to Eternity".

  2. #20 from willeford for memething about a soldier, charles willeford, 1986, paperback, 274 story-pages longdedicated: for john stephen hookerthis on a white page:the author's work, no matter how intelligent, elaborate (proust) or rich and vigorous in imagination, always turns out to constitute a justification for some particular set of values, a making out a case against something or other in favor of something else, a melodrama in which, even if the hero is actually defeated, he is morally trium [...]

  3. One of my favorite writers V.S.Naipaul had this to say about Ernest Hemingway - "Hemingway didn't know where he was, ever, really. He was so busy being an American and that was his subject matter. You wouldn't have any idea, from Hemingway or Fitzgerald and their stories or writings about Paris, that Paris was in the most terrible way between the wars. They just talked about the cafes, the drinks and oysters and things like that. They don't see the larger thing outside."Something About a Soldier [...]

  4. One of my favorite writers V.S.Naipaul had this to say about Ernest Hemingway - "Hemingway didn't know where he was, ever, really. He was so busy being an American and that was his subject matter. You wouldn't have any idea, from Hemingway or Fitzgerald and their stories or writings about Paris, that Paris was in the most terrible way between the wars. They just talked about the cafes, the drinks and oysters and things like that. They don't see the larger thing outside."Something About a Soldier [...]

  5. A great autobiography by decorated (pretty sure that included a purple heart) soldier, Charles Willeford. In this book he writes non-wartime stories about his drinking and picking up prostitutes. A great read.

  6. The real scoop. What soldiers really do. Interesting stuff on soldiers' life in foreign country in peacetime.

  7. Damn fine autobiography from Charles Willeford. Willeford is about as honest as a human being can be in detailing his earliest years in the Army Air Force in the Philippines.

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