Al Figueira's Army life, foregrounded by the sudden intimacies of his fellow soldiers, backgrounded by his writing career, his beliefs, and his emotional married life. The problems and incidents in the lives of his friends are sandwiched in between episodes in Al's own life, and help to underline the complex forces that ended in Al's suicide. There are plenty of Joes, with twisted questionings, sexual drives, sometimes mental unbalance, whose stories, forward his progress into insecurity, violence and destruction. Saroyan derivative, but lacking the continuity, the charm, the humor to carry off loosely linked sketches, although it has an intensity and sincerity that are often effective. Classify as experimental- not in the groove- but double check, before using with your conservatives. P.L.- 'ware.