WARD TWENTY by James Warner Bellah


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Quite a departure for Bellah, in a serious book, an unvarnished, unsentimentalized account of the mutilated veterans undergoing suffering in Ward 20. There are all types and backgrounds, personalities and attitudes; this is the story of those who learn -- or refuse to learn -- how to meet a world in which they must now live on, legless, armless, blind, maimed, disfigured, not only bodily but mentally. There are the doctors and the nurses, the visitors, wanted or unwanted, respectable or otherwise; there is the careful non-recognition of the ways men find to solve their sex problems; there are the attempts to save the lives of those who are compelled to give up; there are the efforts, cheerful, grim, despairing, of adjustment -- to false limbs, to families, to the outside world.... Hardhitting, unsparing, this is realistic stuff thinly fictionized, in the problem of the returned wounded. Definitely not for conservative Public Libraries.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1946