LOWER DECK by Lt. John RNVR Davies


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I question an American market for this log of an English destroyer -- the Skye -- which reflects in the language of her crew (and there's some pretty rummy Cockney here) life aboard her. Random conversations and incidents -- the firing of a fish, patrols by night and day, attack by part of the Italian fleet, convoying from Malta, shore leaves, transport duty, and finally the sinking and the break-up of the united ship's company. There is incontrovertible slackening of interest in war experiences, unless exceptional, which this is not. The added barrier of the very British lingo of the sea and the sense of repeat of material makes it unlikely it will override that hurdle.

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 1945
Publisher: Macmillan