THE OLDER SOLDIER by J. M. Lambert

THE OLDER SOLDIER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a first novel, belonging within the category of ""army humor"", of which the main device is the irregular repetition of certain set situations and phrases. Jack Jutland, the book's unlikely hero, is a fat, fortyish, clothing salesman, father of two children, who, by one of the unaccountable inevitabilities of the war, is drafted into the army. Jutland is the author of a long religious novel which he wrote after college, the onus of which accompanies him into the army but does not altogether inhibit some unusually nonchalant behavior Via Atlantic City, where the specialty seemed to be KP, the hot and cold of the Rockies, Yale armament school, he arrives in the Pacific where the war, for him, was a question of maintaining his supply of scotch and cigars. His long overdue discharge is as lackadaisical as the author's method which matches the low key events.

Pub Date: Aug. 28th, 1959
Publisher: Simon & Schuster