END OF A WAR by Edward Loomis

END OF A WAR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A first novel, admittedly autobiographical is concerned in part with the induration of a soldier- under stress, and perhaps more with his own troubled examination of himself in relation to the violence the war imposes on a more sensitive spirit. The scene is Holland- and Germany- just before the ""end of a war"" and the soldier is George Leggett. He finds a certain comradeship- of circumstances shared- with the men in his company with whom he would otherwise have nothing in common; he learns that he is capable of violence- and an unthinking hatred of ""the enemy"" which in latrer months he regrets; a stay in the hospital- after he wins the Purple Heart- returns him to the front where for a time he is increasingly fearful and tense, and at a later interval he withdraws altogether but recognizes that it is more ""suffering"" than ""sickness""; he experiences and indulges his lust for women-almost any woman- and assaults a German girl without compassion; and in the last weeks, he tries to reconcile his sudden, changing emotional reflexes with his return to the world of the civilian..... It is all unquestionably sober and sincere but it is also rather dispirited and fails to contact or commit the reader.

Pub Date: April 7th, 1958
ISBN: 0548390673
Publisher: Ballantine