END AS A MAN by Calder Willingham

END AS A MAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An intramural inspection of life within a southern military academy- perhaps the rawest rendition of youth in many years- sanctifies the work of such writers as Farrell by more comparison. Here are the boys as they bull over women, Negroes, Jews; as they indulge imaginatively in sexual sport, wholesome and unwholesome, and physically in brutal bullying; as they conduct trouble sessions in the town,-- drinking, gambling, cheating. In particular, the story concerns Marquales, one of the most attractive of the freshman cadets, who in violation to the rules, gets in with upper classmen, avoid an amatory tangle with homosexual Perrin McKee, but is involved in a card game and its aftermath by Jooko de Paris, who rides on his father's influence to break all regulations. At the close, Jooko cannot escape expulsion, while an ironhanded discipline bears down on all others including Marquales. In language, in conduct, probably as unlovely and uncouth a transcription as can be had. Certainly not designed for entertainment.

Pub Date: Feb. 11th, 1947
Publisher: Vanguard