NO ONE THINKS OF GREENLAND by John Griesemer

NO ONE THINKS OF GREENLAND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A comic-sardonic first novel, set in 1959 at a remote army base in that far northern frozen wasteland, charts the chaotic experiences of Corporal Rudy Spruance, an engaging misfit assigned to produce a camp newspaper sufficiently entertaining to raise the morale of the base’s numerous wounded and traumatized Korean War casualties. Rudy is no Yossarian, though echoes of Catch-22 and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest abound—especially in ominous references to “the Wing,” a mysterious enclave that looms in the background like a witch’s house implanted in a fairy tale. Griesemer handles these overly familiar materials with brio and skill; if only Joe Heller hadn’t got there and planted his flag first . . . .

Pub Date: May 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-312-27457-2
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Picador
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2001